The primary characteristic trait of removable dental prostheses is that the patient can, and must, remove them by themselves and clean them. Getting used to a removable dental prosthesis can take various amounts of time. The adjustment period can be passed more easily through the use of the so-called Denture Fixatives, which are available in most pharmacies. To suppress the gag reflex, sucking on hard candy is recommended. This can also lessen the unpleasant sensation caused by increased salivation, which is a natural reaction of the body to the “foreign element” in the mouth.
HOW DO I PROPERLY PLACE AND REMOVE DENTURES?
You have to remember that a denture needs to be first moistened to be placed into the mouth. With upper dentures, bite down, swallow, and perform a few facial movements, and try to remove the air between the mucous membrane and the denture. With lower dentures, press down with the tip of the tongue on the edges of the lower frontal teeth. To remove the denture dislodge it from its location by pulling down (in the case of upper dentures) or upwards (lower dentures) on the edge of the denture. The best way to dislodge a complete denture is to blow up your cheeks with your mouth closed, which creates an increase of pressure which will release the denture. In the case of dentures, which use additional devices to fix the denture in place, we recommend you to practice placement and removal under the dentist’s supervision.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY DENTURE?
It is necessary to rinse the oral cavity with warm water after each meal. Clean the denture with a stream of water at least once a day. Food remains and other impurities can be removed with the use of a soft toothbrush. If the surface of the denture gets scratched, it can easily accumulate dental plaque, which is why you should avoid hard toothbrushes. Special cleaning tablets, which are placed into the glass of water containing the denture, are also evinced. To clean the denture, only use preparations designed for this purpose. The denture should not come into contact with acids, bases, concentrated alcohol, hot water, emanating heat, and abrasive pastes and powders.
HOW DO THEY AFFECT EATING?
Removable dental prostheses are sadly not as good as natural teeth. Be ready for the fact, that your biting strength will be a third of what it used to be, and your chewing technique will be completely different. The food should not be too hard or adhesive. Smaller sliced chunks of food are to be chewed slowly, carefully, and symmetrically on both sides of the denture. Be careful with hot meals and beverages. The artificial denture palate lowers your sensitivity and you could suffer from burns of your natural palate and esophagus. It is also possible that you will not be able to sense the taste of the food in the beginning, due to the fact that your taste buds will be covered by the artificial denture palate.
Dental prosthesis types
Removable dental prostheses are dental restorations that can be removed by the patient when using it is not necessary. Dentures are the most common removable dental prosthesis in the market and are, by far, the most common way that most patients choose to replace their missing teeth.
Despite all the other advancements in dental technology, removable dental prosthesis are noninvasive and will not require any surgical incisions or painful recovery. Removable dental prosthesis is supported by surrounding tissues in the oral cavity and may be conveniently removed by the patient when not in use and replaced whenever necessary.
Dental prostheses like dentures and partial dentures have come a long way in recent years. Partial dentures can be produced from a variety of materials. Flexible partial dentures have become much more popular over the years.
Many dentists recommend the use of removable dental prostheses for patients who do not wish to undergo any specific type of dental surgery to replace their missing teeth but would certainly benefit from this specific restoration. Removable dental prostheses can improve chewing abilities, help maintain muscle tone that gets lost with tooth loss, restore or improve the patient’s ability to speak and pronounce words better, and, most of all, give the patient a boost in self-esteem that is usually lost when the patient begins to lose his teeth.
First, dentures replace not only missing teeth but also missing bone as well as gum tissue. For this reason, removable appliances are often necessary to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Secondly, removable appliances are easier to clean and maintain. This is a decided advantage for many patients who have difficulty brushing and using dental floss.
Removable appliances are also more adaptable. If you were to lose additional teeth, changes in appliance design can be made. Also, removable dental prostheses are generally more affordable.
The other type of removable dental prostheses are partial dentures. These are removable dental prostheses that are used for patients that are just missing some of their teeth with the restoration anchored or latched onto the patient’s remaining natural teeth. The replacement teeth in a partial denture are usually attached to a colored plastic base that is connected to the metal framework that will hold the denture in place when put inside the patient’s mouth.
Both solutions work really well and act as a solution to partial or full edentulism. Your dentist at the clinic will help you decide which dental treatment best fits your needs.
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