Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. There are two types, partial dentures and complete dentures and both are custom made to your mouth. Both types of dentures can work in combination with implants.
Partial dentures may be used when many teeth are missing or when the remaining teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge. They are made of one or more artificial teeth and artificial gums and can be held in place by clasps that fit on natural teeth. You take the partial denture out each night and for cleaning.
Complete dentures replace all the natural teeth and are held in place by suction and your natural tissues or implants with small attachments on that the denture clips onto. You take complete dentures out each night and for cleaning.
DENTURES & MOUTH CARE
Dentures need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. Otherwise, plaque and tarter can build up on the dentures and cause stain, bad breath and gum problems.
The plaque can also spread to natural teeth and gums, causing cavities and gum disease.
Dentures can break if dropped, or squeezed too tightly, so always handle dentures over a folded towel or sink of water in case they are dropped.
With dentures removed, clean your teeth and gently massage the gums with a toothbrush. Clean the dentures with a denture cleaner, or mild soap and not toothpaste as it can cause little scratches in the denture that can hold bacteria. Rinse dentures with water and store in water at night. If your denture needs adjustment, see your dentist, as they may break if not adjusted correctly.