Losing some or all of your natural teeth no longer needs to be the life-changing event it once was. Of course, if lifestyle factors such as smoking, a high-sugar diet, or poor oral hygiene has led to your tooth loss, it’s time to start thinking about making some positive changes. But if you fear being left struggling with slipping dentures the way your grandparents may have been, let us calm your nerves.
Modern dentures are much more comfortable and well-fitting than ever before. They can be carefully hand-crafted to mimic the appearance and action of your natural teeth, so that few people will even know they are false teeth. It is much easier these days to enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet whilst wearing dentures.
For an extra layer of stability, dentures can be secured with dental implants. At Sheen Dental in Richmond this is the recommended method of tooth replacement. As long as you take good care of them, your dental implants and new teeth can last you for life.
What’s a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small titanium screws or posts, the only way your dentist can replace the roots of your teeth. Over time they integrate with the jaw bone, helping to keep it healthy and strong as well as ensuring your teeth remain where they should be, acting just like the real thing.
Whether you need full or partial dentures, standard or secured by dental implants, you will want to make sure you look after them. After all, the last thing you want is your teeth to fail a second time.
Your dentist or hygienist will give you advice on taking care of your dentures, including how to clean them effectively. Some implant-retained dentures can be brushed like normal teeth, whilst others are still removed for cleaning.
For removable dentures, you should:
- Take them out to clean them twice daily
- Clean them thoroughly with soap and water or special denture care products available from chemists)
- Perform cleaning over a sink of water or a folded towel, lest they slip out of your hand
- Remember to also thoroughly clean your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth at the same time