Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth and restore the functionality and appearance of the mouth. At Cadena Dentistry, they are custom-made to fit each patient perfectly and can replace a few or all of the natural teeth.
The denture base is the foundation of the denture, and it rests on the gums. It is typically made from acrylic resin or a combination of metal and acrylic. The artificial teeth of the denture are attached to the denture base. They are made from various materials, such as acrylic or porcelain, and are designed to resemble natural teeth in shape, size, and color.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth in the upper or lower arch are missing. They consist of a gum-colored acrylic base that supports a full set of artificial teeth. Complete dentures rely on suction or dental adhesives for retention.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the arch. They are designed to fill the gaps left by missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures typically have a metal framework that attaches to the adjacent natural teeth and supports the artificial teeth.
The Benefits of Dentures
Appearance and Function
Dentures are custom-made to closely resemble your natural teeth and gums, providing a natural-looking smile. They restore the ability to bite and chew food, improving your ability to eat a wide range of foods and maintain proper nutrition. Dentures also support facial muscles, preventing a sunken facial appearance.
Missing teeth can affect your speech, causing difficulties in pronunciation and clarity. Dentures help improve speech by replacing missing teeth and supporting the lips and tongue, facilitating proper articulation and speech clarity.
Boost in Confidence
Dentures can significantly enhance your self-confidence and self-esteem. They restore your smile, making you feel more comfortable and confident in social interactions and daily activities.
Caring for Dentures
Remove and Rinse Dentures Daily
Remove and rinse your dentures thoroughly after eating to remove any food particles and debris. Rinse them under running water to prevent staining and keep them clean.
Handle Dentures With Care
When handling your dentures, hold them securely to avoid dropping them. Place a towel in or fill the sink with water when cleaning or handling dentures to prevent breakage if they are accidentally dropped.
Brush Dentures Daily
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Gently brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the teeth, gums, and any attachments.
Soak Dentures Overnight
Dentures must be kept moist to maintain their shape. Soak your dentures in water or a cleaning solution overnight to prevent them from drying.
Dentures offer an effective and affordable solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring oral function, and improving your quality of life. For the best dental care, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322.