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Do you have missing teeth? If so, then you may want to restore them with dentures. These restorations can support the remaining teeth in your mouth, aid you in chewing and speaking, and improve your appearance by filling the gaps in your smile. If you want to receive dentures, then here is some information you may want to know beforehand.

Types Of Dentures

Everyone’s mouth is unique, which is why there are several different types of dentures designed to suit your needs. Some of these dentures include:

  • Conventional Full Dentures: These restorations replace all of your missing teeth several months after you have gone through a tooth extraction procedure.
  • Immediate Full Dentures: You can restore all of your teeth with these dentures right after a tooth extraction procedure. However, they may need to be relined as time passes.
  • Partial Dentures: If you still have teeth remaining in your mouth, then partial dentures can restore the missing ones. These dentures have a metal framework to attach the replacements to the natural teeth.
  • Overdentures: These are also used if you have remaining teeth, but the dentures cover these teeth, using them as anchors.

First Getting Dentures

It will take some time to get used to wearing dentures after you first receive them. You may find that eating and speaking can be difficult and your saliva flow increases. The dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable, causing some mild tissue irritation. But after a few weeks, your cheek and tongue muscles will learn how to use the dentures and keep them in place.

Caring For Dentures

In order to help your dentures last longer and work effectively, you must take the steps to care for them, which include:

  • Cleaning your dentures daily with a denture cleanser
  • Soaking the dentures overnight with either water or a soaking solution
  • Cleaning the dentures over a folded towel or sink full of water to prevent damage if you accidently drop them

Also remember to brush your gum tissue to stimulate it and clean any teeth remaining in your mouth. Please call Double Take Dental today to learn more about dentures.