Long ago, we used to replace missing teeth with shells, wood, or animal bones. Thankfully, technology has evolved. Today, if you are missing teeth, there are a lot of great options for you. Dentures, also called false teeth, are great options for people who want to get back to looking their best. Depending on what type of denture you need, the material will vary. Here is what you need to know before calling for a free consultation!
Making False Teeth
Dentures, for some people, are about comfort and vanity. Others need them for function. However, there is a study that came out of NYU that suggests dentures might help prevent cognitive deterioration. Regardless, we take our job seriously to provide you with dentures that look and feel great. We know how much missing teeth can affect your mental and physical health.
There are options for what dentures can be made from. Usually, they are made from acrylic resin which is a plastic material. They can also be made from porcelain. The benefit of porcelain is that the material is longer-lasting. However, acrylic resin is a great option because they are cheaper, lighter, easier to adjust, and they are more secure.
Because acrylic resin dentures do not last as long as porcelain dentures, you will likely need a replacement roughly every five or so years. We can help you determine the right choice of material for your false teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
The key to making your dentures last is proper care of them. Having the proper care for them is going to help you keep them longer. Our Buffalo dentist can help you determine the proper care for the type of dentures that you have. How long you keep them, much like your natural teeth, depends on how you treat them.
Here are some tips about how to keep your false teeth in shape at home:
- Take out your partial denture before you brush your teeth
- Clean your dentures with a special denture toothpaste and a toothbrush and then place into a special solution or water based on your dentist’s instructions.
- Take care not to drop your dentures on the floor. You may want to keep them in a bowl specifically designated for washing them every day.
- Take them off when you sleep. Wearing them overnight can cause gum irritation as well as possible fungal infection.
- Take excellent care of any remaining natural teeth that you do have. Use soft toothbrushes that you replace every three months, go to bi-annual dental checkups, and floss every day.
When you take good care of your teeth and your dentures, you can get the most out of them. Always practicing proper dental hygiene is key to a healthy smile.
Call Our Office Today
If you want to learn more about false teeth or find out what type of dentures you will need, please call us right away. You can get set up with a free consultation as soon as possible. Let us help you restore your smile and take back your confidence.