What are dentures and why might you need them?
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace natural teeth that have been lost due to injury, decay or aging. They can be used to replace one or more teeth or an entire set of teeth. Dentures can help improve your speech, chewing ability, and overall appearance of your mouth, making them an excellent choice for people who may have lost teeth.
There are many reasons why you might need dentures, including:
- Gum disease: If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
- Tooth decay: If cavities are not treated, they can cause the tooth to become infected and require removal.
- Injury: Accidents or injuries can cause teeth to be knocked out.
- Aging: As we age, our teeth become more vulnerable to decay and damage.
Benefits of dentures
Not only do dentures improve the appearance of your smile, but they also help you chew and speak more effectively if you have missing teeth. Dentures can also prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place, which can cause further dental issues down the line. Additionally, dentures are a removable and cost-effective alternative to dental implants, making them a more accessible option for many patients. With proper care and regular
check-ups with your dentist, dentures can last for many years and significantly improve your quality of life.
How to care for your dentures
Caring for your dentures is essential to keep them looking and functioning well. We recommend cleaning your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner and soaking them overnight to ensure they do not cause any bacteria buildup or further dental problems. Make use of cold or lukewarm water to clean your dentures. If the water is too hot it can warp the material and lead to issues with the fitment of your dentures. It is important to ensure you are using non-abrasive toothpaste as dentures can easily be scratched on the surface, resulting in discomfort and wear and tear.
At Fremantle Dental Care, we offer a range of denture solutions to meet your needs which include partial dentures which place a few missing teeth and are attached to the remaining teeth with clasps or full dentures for when all of your natural teeth are missing. Full dentures are held in place with adhesive or dental implants. Removable dentures are a popular option for people who would prefer to clean and maintain their dentures easily at home and can be removed nightly.
At Fremantle Dental Care, we understand the importance of a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are considering dentures or need repairs or relining for your existing dentures, our friendly and professional team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.