If you are missing a good deal of your teeth then you may find it to be best to go with dentures, rather than to have a lot of invasive work done to replace them through other means. If you do decide to go with dentures, then you'll want to learn about the process you will go through and how to best care for them. The information in this article will help to educate you on both of these things.
Getting your dentures
Once you and the dentist decide that dentures are the best method of tooth replacement for you, they will prepare your mouth. If you are missing all your teeth, you will be fitted for full dentures. If you are missing a lot of your teeth, but still have some, then you will be fitted for partial dentures. The dentist will remove any teeth that need to be pulled in preparation for the dentures. Then, your gums will be cleaned and you will be asked to bite down on a tray that will be used to create your dentures.
Once they come back to the dentist's office from the lab where they were created, then they will call you back in to try them on. Don't be surprised if your new dentures don't fit perfect on the first fitting. The good news is, the dentist may be able to correct the issues right in the office, so you can still leave that day with your dentures.
Once you have your dentures in, you should take a bit to practice talking and eating with them in. However, the good news is that once you get used to them you'll find that you can do everything without giving it a second thought.
Caring for your dentures
You will need to take care of your dentures differently than you care for your natural teeth. You will remove them from your mouth and clean them with a toothbrush and denture cleanser. You can also soak them in a denture solution. Make sure you rinse them off well before you put them back in your mouth.
Take your dentures out before you go to bed and put them in a soaking solution in an area where you don't have to worry about them falling and breaking. You may add a few drops of adhesive to your dentures to help keep them in place. If this is the case, then you will need to do an extra little bit of cleaning when you remove them so you can get all of that adhesive off. Always be very careful when handling your dentures, so you don't break them.
To learn more, contact resources like R. Troup Davis, DDS.