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Dentures 101 – Everything You Need to Know

September 22, 2022
Posted By: Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics
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The first dentures date back to the 7th century B.C., making them among the oldest known health care devices. Needless to say, dentures have come a long way in three thousand years, with modern variations that make them much more effective. Here's a primer for anyone interested in knowing more about dentures in Aurora, CO.

First, dentures come in two basic types: full and partial. Full or complete dentures replace every tooth in either the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures stand in for a smaller number of teeth, often supported by the healthy remaining natural teeth. Both types share a general structure in two parts; an underlying framework or base upon which we connect the tooth restorations.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

While everyone knows that healthy teeth are necessary for chewing, they also serve other vital functions. A complete set of teeth:

  • Helps you speak clearly
  • Supports facial features
  • Stimulates gum health
  • Creates a confident smile

How Dentures Attach to Your Mouth

Traditionally, complete dentures are designed with a base that adheres to your mouth, either your palate for the upper arch or your bony ridge on the lower arch. For this method to work well, your dentures need to fit precisely, and often wearers must also use denture adhesives to keep them in place.

A partial denture attaches to your healthy, adjoining teeth with clasps. These connectors come in various forms depending on which teeth need replacing and are usually removable for cleaning and adjustments.

One emerging option for both full and partial dentures is implant retention, where the appliance attaches to a specialized post that is part of a device that we surgically place in your jawbone. This option provides unparalleled stability and durability and, unlike conventional options, also stimulates jawbone health.

More Denture Tips and Recommendations

Though Dr. Chen designs your dentures specifically for you, an adjustment period is normal while you get used to chewing with them. So, we first suggest eating softer foods cut into smaller bites without chewing more on one side than the other.

Here are some more tips:

  • Beware of excessively hot food and drinks.
  • Avoid chewing gum.
  • Clean dentures daily, including brushing your gums and tongue.
  • Soak your dentures as recommended by Dr. Chen.
  • Dentures are fragile; always handle them over a folded towel or other cushioning.
  • Maintain regular check-ups to ensure fit and healthy function.

Complete, Partial, and Implant Dentures in Aurora, CO

Dr. Chen and his team specialize in all types of dentures, including the designs and materials that make today's most natural-looking dentures. To learn more, we encourage you to call our Aurora dental office and set up a consultation without delay. Your new smile is just a few steps away.

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