If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may believe you have no options left. However, you should not give up on your smile just yet. Dentures can give your smile new life and allow you to eat and speak normally. Learn more about dentures with help from your Macon, GA dentist.
Types of Dentures
- Complete Dentures: Complete dentures work best in situations where the patient has lost all of the teeth on an arch. A dental laboratory creates a full row of replacement teeth which rests on top of the gums.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures benefit patients who have one or more healthy natural teeth remaining. A partial denture uses these remaining teeth as an anchor, fitting over them and incorporating them into your new smile.
- Immediate Dentures: Sometimes, patients must have their remaining natural teeth extracted before wearing dentures. In these cases, immediate dentures, created prior to the extraction appointment, fit over the gums after extraction. This allows the patient to enjoy their new smile immediately rather than waiting until their extraction sites heal.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants are often used to replace a missing tooth’s root. However, implants serve many purposes. A common use for dental implants is to support a permanent or removable denture. Several implants throughout the arch give the denture a foundation on which to attach, latching onto the implant to keep it into place.
Caring for Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is as easy as adding a few extra steps to your oral care routine. To begin, remove your dentures and clean them thoroughly with a soft denture brush and denture cleaner. Brush your gums and any remaining teeth with a toothbrush at least twice daily. Floss any remaining teeth at least once a day to prevent decay. Soak your dentures overnight in denture solution or water and rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth in the morning. Be sure to see your Macon dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.
A brand new smile is only one simple phone call away. For more information on the best kind of denture for you, please contact Dr. Clinton M. Watson and Dr. Nicole L. Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA. Call (478) 475-1976 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dentures today!