Missing teeth can have a serious impact on your surrounding teeth. If missing teeth aren’t replaced with dentures or implants, your other teeth will likely move around and become misaligned. Therefore, fixed bridge, complete or partial dentures or dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they help to provide necessary support and structure for your natural teeth. As such, it is important to care for your dentures just as though they were your natural teeth. Still, before we talk about taking care of your dentures, let’s discuss the four main types of replacing your missing teeth.Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth – Harcourt Health
The Four Types of prosthesis
A fixed bridge: Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth, using your own natural teeth as anchors on either side of the gap. They are fixed and not removable by the patient.
A partial denture: It is also known as a removable partial denture, and this type of denture can be taken out by yourself. In the case of a partial denture, one or more false teeth are held by clasps that fit onto surrounding healthy teeth. These dentures can be removed and cleaned every night.
Complete dentures are used in individuals who have lost all their natural teeth. These are also easily removed for cleaning.
Dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. In order to have dental implants, your gums and underlying jaw bone must be healthy as a titanium post is screwed into the bone to support the implant.
Caring for your teeth replacements
Dentures and implants are just as susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup as your natural teeth. As such, they need to be cleaned every day. Removable dentures should be taken out every night and you should brush your teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush. Ideally, you want to clean and massage your exposed gums, and you should be sure to use a soft toothbrush so your gums are not irritated.
After removing your dentures, soak them overnight. Most pharmacies and supermarkets carry special denture cleaner that can be mixed with warm water. Dentures that feature metal clasps should be cleaned with warm water only to prevent corrosion. Soaking your dentures softens plaque and tartar so that these substances can be more easily removed with brushing.
Most importantly, you need to remember that whether you have complete or partial dentures, your natural teeth are still at risk of gum disease. If you develop gum disease, your dentures will not fit properly and can become very uncomfortable. Strong gums and teeth are necessary to support partial or complete dentures so you must ensure that you regularly brush and floss your natural teeth as well. Also, not to forget the regular dental check up and cleaning by your dental professionals.