What are dentures?

Dentures are prosthetics that are constructed to either replace all of the teeth in one dental arch or fill in gaps when one or a few teeth are missing. These removable prosthetics stay in place using the existing structures of the mouth. Full dentures completely cover the gum tissues in a dental arch and stay in place by suction. Partial dentures attach to existing teeth to stay securely in the mouth.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Because partial dentures fill the gaps created when teeth are lost, they prevent your teeth from drifting and the subsequent problems that often result from malocclusion, including bruxism, tooth wear, and TMJ disorder. Both partial and full dentures restore your ability to eat and speak with ease, allowing you the freedom to live life to the fullest. Dentures also improve your appearance by giving you natural-looking replacement teeth, as well as supporting the structures of your mouth. Without teeth, your lips and cheeks collapse, making you look older, but dentures restore the fullness of your face and give you a more youthful appearance.

How should I care for my dentures?

Your dentist will give you instructions on cleaning your dentures, which will include removing them regularly for brushing, and soaking them in a denture solution. You should be careful when handling your dentures, as they are fragile and can break if you drop them. When you are not wearing your dental prosthetics you should soak them in water to avoid them drying out and warping. If you notice that your dentures do not fit as well as they once did, do not attempt to adjust them on your own, as you could permanently damage them. Make an appointment with Dr. Truong, who will either make adjustments in her office or send them to a dental lab to achieve a better fit.

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