f you are missing all or most of your teeth, you have probably considered dentures. But how do you know if dentures are right for you? Dentures can boost your confidence and breathe new life into your teeth, allowing you to keep on smiling. Find out more about dentures with help from your Atlanta, GA dentist, Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman.
What can dentures do for me?
- Partial Dentures: If you are missing some, but not all, of your teeth, partial dentures use the healthy remaining natural teeth as an anchor on which to attach. The denture fits over the teeth and the teeth through the denture, blending the natural teeth with the denture to give your smile a natural appearance.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Patients who are missing all of the teeth on both the bottom and top of their mouth require a set of full dentures.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: This option for replacing all your teeth one or both arches utilizes dental implant technology to anchor a full denture in place.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures benefit those Atlanta patients who require a dental procedure to extract their remaining natural teeth before wearing their dentures. Your dentist works together with a dental lab before your extraction appointment to create immediate dentures which you can wear directly after extractions. The denture acts as a band-aid of sorts and might need adjustment after a few weeks to accommodate for swelling.
Caring For Your Dentures
Properly caring for your dentures is crucial to their fit and functionality as well as how long they ultimately last. Clean your dentures with a denture brush and denture cleaner at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothbrush to brush any remaining natural teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. If there are no remaining teeth, brush the gums and other oral tissues at least twice a day. Soak dentures in denture solution while not in use, particularly overnight while you are asleep. It is helpful to stand over a folded towel while handling your dentures to prevent damage if they were to fall.
For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Kauffman in Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 524-1981 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your consultation for dentures today!