If you only have a few of your natural teeth remaining, your dentist may have already prescribed dentures. A denture is a set of false teeth.
If all the teeth are missing from your upper or a lower jaw, a full set of dentures is prescribed. However, if you still have some natural teeth in a palate, a partial denture is used.
The teeth of a denture are typically made of acrylic resin and are attached to a metal base. To ensure that the false teeth look natural in your mouth and don't cause you discomfort, they are created from a mold of your oral cavity.
For an upper denture, the device should fit flush against the ridge of your gums and the roof of your mouth. The lower denture should also fit precisely against the gum ridge.
The precision of the denture's fit helps to ensure that the false teeth do not move about in the mouth as you chew your food or enunciate words. If the denture still seems a bit mobile in the mouth, a denture adhesive can be used to help secure the appliance in position. Additionally, the denture can be attached to several dental implants to keep it firmly in position.
A denture may have to be replaced if the device incurs damage or changes to your gum ridge occur. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent your denture from becoming damaged.
Avoid Chewing Extremely Hard Foods
With your dentures, you can enjoy a large variety of healthy foods. However, you should avoid chewing foods that are extremely hard, such as hard candy. Additionally, nibbling habitually on inedible hard items, such as ice or pen tops, can also be problematic.
The bite pressure that is applied to a hard food or item can cause the teeth of the denture to crack, chip, or dislodge from the appliance's base.
Store Your Denture in a Liquid
A denture can be stored in a denture-cleaning solution when the appliance is not in your mouth. However, if a denture-cleaning product is not available and your denture needs to be removed from your mouth, it is best to still store the device in a liquid.The denture can become brittle as it dries out, making the appliance more susceptible to damage.
For more information about maintaining your dentures, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area, such as at Sidney Dental Associates Inc.