By Russell Forrest
December 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures can completely change the look of someone’s face, especially if they suffer from extensive tooth loss. While dentures are notorious for being uncomfortable or ill-fitting, those problems are in the past. Thanks to advances in dental technology, dentures now fit better than ever, filling in gaps left from missing teeth and restoring the confidence you deserve.Dentures

Types of Dentures
Dentures come in four main varieties. Your dentist, Dr. Russell Forrest in Topeka, KS, can help you decide which style is best for you.

  • Immediate dentures: Patients can wear immediate dentures immediately after teeth are removed. The dentures are created based on measurements taken before any teeth are extracted. The patient has an advantage in that they do not have to go without teeth after extraction. However, immediate dentures require an additional adjustment appointment once the extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-supported dentures: This type of denture utilizes dental implant technology. Posts are implanted into the bone under the gum tissue. These posts stabilize the dentures and secure them into place. These dentures must be removed for cleaning every day.
  • Partial dentures: Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge. The denture is secured to the remaining natural teeth. The clasps which hold them in place can be hidden, giving a natural appearance.
  • Complete dentures: Complete dentures are reserved for those patients who are missing all their teeth. This denture replaces all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch. If the patient has no teeth on both arches, the dentist will prescribe a set of upper and lower complete dentures.

Caring for Your Dentures In Topeka
Dentures require several extra steps in your oral hygiene routine. Brush and rinse your dentures every day with denture cleaner and a soft-bristled denture brush. Do not use toothpaste to clean your dentures. Be sure to also brush the remaining natural teeth and gum tissue in your mouth. When not in use, such as while sleeping, your dentures should remain moist. Place them in a dish full of denture solution or plain water when you are not wearing them. Additionally, it is never a bad idea to stand over a folded towel while handling your dentures to cushion their fall should you accidentally drop them.

To learn more about dentures, please contact Dr. Russell Forrest in Topeka, KS. Call (785) 266-0330 for more information or to schedule an appointment.