More than 41 million Americans with missing permanent teeth wear dentures. These custom-crafted oral prosthetics can preserve the health of your gums and jaws, while making it easier to bite, chew, and speak. At Savannah Dental in Savannah, Georgia, the team of expert dentists provides several types of dentures, including full-mouth, partial, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring staff member today.
Dentures, or false teeth, are oral prosthetics used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They sit comfortably on top of your gums, allowing you to eat your favorite foods and smile confidently.
Dentures are made of various materials, including acrylic, nylon, and metal. They’re incredibly tough and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
The team at Savannah Dental offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re only missing one or several teeth, the team might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures contain one or multiple false teeth on top of a wire framework. The framework snaps comfortably in-place around your existing teeth, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
If you’re missing all of the teeth on your upper or lower arch, consider full-mouth dentures. Full mouth dentures have a metal base plate, pink acrylic gums, and a full row of false teeth. You place a denture adhesive on the bottom and place it on top of your natural gums. The adhesive prevents your dentures from slipping or sliding when you bite, chew, or speak.
If you don’t want to remove your dentures to regularly clean them, consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures snap on to dental implants, small metal posts fused to your jaw. Of all the denture types, implant-supported dentures are the sturdiest and longest-lasting.
Your mouth is full of harmful bacteria, so it’s important to clean your dentures daily. Caring for dentures depends on the type you have, but the team at Savannah Dental typically recommends brushing them with a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste.
At night, when you go to bed, take your dentures out and soak them in a denture cleaning solution. This helps preserve their shape and eradicates the buildup of plaque, food particles, and bacteria.
To prevent damage to your dentures, you may need to avoid certain foods or beverages. For example, hot coffee or tea can cause your dentures to melt or warp.
Dentures are relatively comfortable and usually well-tolerated. You might experience some gum sensitivity or irritation when you first start wearing them, but any discomfort should subside within a week. If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, reach out to the team at Savannah Dental anytime.
To see if dentures are right for you, schedule an appointment at Savannah Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly team member today.