There may come a point in your life when you lose teeth, either due to a necessary tooth extraction or an accident. If this happens to you, there are options for tooth restoration available. Dentures are a particularly popular choice because they aren't invasive at all. Unlike dental bridges, which affect your surrounding teeth, or dental implants, which require surgery, dentures can be used and removed as needed. Here are four things you should know about wearing dentures:
1. You can have same-day dentures made
When it comes to dentures, it's beneficial to get them as soon as possible. As the name suggests, same-day dentures can be made and given to you on the same day you have your teeth removed. That means you can start chewing again as soon as your healing gums permit. Many patients find same-day dentures preferable because it saves them the embarrassment of being seen in public without teeth. If the fit of your dentures begins to feel uncomfortable as your gums heal, your dentist can adjust them for you.
2. You will need to care for your dentures
Like your natural teeth, your dentures require care. However, you will need to care for dentures slightly differently than ordinary teeth. Instead of using a toothbrush on your dentures, purchase a brush specifically made to clean prosthetic teeth. These brushes are softer, so they won't cause any scratches or damage. Brush your dentures at least twice a day since they can collect plaque and bacteria just like ordinary teeth.
3. You can try various adhesives
Denture adhesive can make your experience more comfortable. These adhesives bond the dentures to your gums temporarily, so you can eat foods you otherwise wouldn't be able to enjoy. There are many different types of dental adhesives available on the market, so you should experiment to find out which one works best for you. If you experience any adverse reactions, you should discontinue use of that particular adhesive immediately since you may be allergic to one of its ingredients.
4. You should store your dentures correctly
Dentures need to be removed at night both to preserve their longevity and for your safety. Never allow your dentures to dry out. They're meant to stay moist, which helps them retain their shape. Place your dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight in order to wake up to fresh, clean dentures. If you need to take your dentures out while you're out of the house, you can place them in a cup of clean water temporarily.
Up until a year ago, I did my best to keep my teeth and gums clean. But after securing a new job, I began to work late into the night and didn't have the time or energy to brush and floss before I retired to bed. My busy schedule and poor dental hygiene finally affected my teeth and gums. After experiencing severe pain in several of my teeth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist examined my mouth and discovered three large cavities in my molars. After four long weeks, my dentist finally completed my dental work. I learned a very painful lesson during that time. No matter how busy you are, always brush and floss. I started this blog to inform other people about the importance of good dental care. I hope you find the time to read it. Thanks for visiting.