There may come a time when you have missing teeth that need to be replaced, and it can happen at any age. Dentures are a popular choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Our Surrey dentists talk about when dentures may be needed and what to know about the different types and their care.
Restoring Your Smile With Dentures
If you are missing one or more teeth you may be recommended dentures to help restore your smile. These tooth replacements are used in cases where your teeth have fallen out, been knocked out or have been removed for medical purposes.
When should you consider dentures?
When we think of dentures we may automatically think of their use for older patients. While this may be the first thought that jumps into our heads, there are actually many benefits of this tooth restoration option for younger patients as well. Many young people have dental concerns where dentures could help. Perhaps you previously considered them only suitable for certain types of patients or seniors. Your dentist will work with you to determine the treatment options that may work best for your particular dental needs.
One of the ways that you can help prevent the need for tooth replacement options is by visiting your dentist for routine care as well as following a rigorous at-home oral hygiene routine. That said, if you are already dealing with many dental issues or you end up with extensive complications in the future, then dentures may be waiting for you down the road.
What are the different types of dentures?
If you are missing any teeth then it is imperative to your oral health to have some form of tooth replacement to help prevent bone loss or other serious conditions. If you are unsure of which type of dentures are right for you, you should request a visit to speak with your dentist.
Partial Dentures to Replace a Few Teeth
Typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic, partial dentures are a good option whether you only have one tooth that needs replacing or a few.
Full Dentures to Restore Your Full Smile
If you are missing all of your teeth or had them removed for your overall health, a full set of dentures may work best for you. You may also want to ask your dentist about implant-supported dentures for a more secure fit. These can be both removable and non-removable.
How should you care for your new dentures?
Just like natural teeth, your dentures will need proper care in order to inhibit the growth of bacteria and the buildup of plaque. If left untreated or if a proper oral hygiene routine isn't followed, it can result in stains, smelly breath, and serious oral health concerns. You will need to clean your dentures daily just like your own teeth to prevent plaque from building up.