Dentures are artificial teeth that can be removed. If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace missing teeth and restore your smile to its former glory. Dentures also support your facial muscles, improving your smile and enhancing your chewing and speaking abilities. Unobtrusive and natural looking, dentures can be matched in color and appearance to your existing teeth, allowing you to go about your life without any unwanted attention.
Tooh n Care offers flexible partial dentures, which are a relatively new alternative to conventional partial dentures. Made from nylon-like materials (Valplast and Sunflex) or vinyl composite (Flexite and Ultraflex), these dentures do not require any metal clasps and are nearly unbreakable due to their nylon components. They are also more adjustable-friendly vis-à-vis acrylic or metal and also have a flexible base that adapts to the movement and flexibility in the mouth, leaving your original teeth free from any alteration.
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FAQ's on Denture Treatments
Denture requires about 3-5 visits, depending on the type of denture. During the first visit, the prosthodontist takes measurements and dental impression of your mouth. The second visit measures and customizes the bite and height of the denture. During your third visit, the prosthodontist makes all necessary amendments and adjustments to ensure your denture fit well. The denture is ready for collection on the fourth visit.
You can resume your daily activities immediately. Follow the instructions regarding the insertion and removal of your denture. Do not use too much force in removing your denture. Learning to eat with denture takes practice and time. You may have to cut foods into smaller pieces and chew slowly. Although denture can improve chewing function as opposed to no teeth, it is not possible to achieve the same efficiency as natural teeth. Until you get used to sensing the temperature of hot food, avoid sticky, sharp food. As you gain confidence and ability in using your denture, you can experiment with foods of different textures.
There will be no pain but you may find that it takes some time to get adapted to your new denture. Over the first few days, you may feel a tight sensation. The denture may feel bulky and your mouth can potentially feel “crowded”. Your gums may feel sore. You may experience a gagging sensation or notice an increase in saliva. You may initially experience minor speech changes and eating difficulties. This will improve over time. You may start with soft food that is easy to chew as your comfort level improves. Continue to use your denture to get used to it. It is common for lower dentures to need more time getting used to as opposed to upper dentures. Often the retention of lower dentures tends to be poorer as compared to upper dentures. This is due to the nature of the muscles and bone quality of your lower jaw. If sore areas in your gums persist, please discontinue its use and contact the dentist for an adjustment appointment.
Do not attempt to adjust your own denture. These custom-made appliances have been carefully made to fit your mouth. Home adjustments tend to lead to more harm than good. Do not glue the parts together because the wrong glue can damage your denture. Do not attempt to fix the clasp as this could result in breakage. Contact the dentist for an adjustment appointment.
A well maintained denture can last for decades. As the gums will change shape over time, it is recommended that denture be replaced every 3-5 years.
Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your denture to stimulate circulation in your tissues and remove plaque. It is important to remove your denture before going to bed to allow your gums to rest. Soak the denture in a glass of water. Dry denture can become brittle and crack. Clean your denture after each meal or at least twice a day by rinsing it with warm or cold water. The use of mouthwash is optional. Brush both the inside and outside of the denture with a soft bristle toothbrush with gentle soap or approved denture cleaner. Do this over a basin of water to avoid breakage if dropped. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or toothpastes, which will leave scratches on the denture. Do not put the denture in hot water as it may warp. Maintain regular check-ups at the dentist after getting your denture. The dentist will ensure your denture is in good condition and the remaining teeth (if any) and gums are healthy. A fungal infection (candida albicans) can develop in the gums if there is inadequate denture hygiene or you fail to remove your denture at night. It is essential to follow through with these check-ups to prevent any loss of teeth, teeth decay or gum disease.
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