When a patient is missing most or all of their permanent teeth, our dentists may recommend dentures in Amherst, New Hampshire. These removable dental restorations can allow you to speak, smile, and eat properly again.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are dental restorations that replace all of your missing teeth. A flesh-colored acrylic base sits over the gums. Replacement teeth are attached to this base. With the upper denture, the base also covers the roof of your mouth.
What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, or after any remaining teeth have been removed. The gums and jaws may need up to several months to heal before dentures can be worn. Conventional full dentures will be custom made specifically for your smile. There is another type of full denture called immediate full dentures. These can be worn immediately after any remaining teeth have been removed. However, these dentures must be realigned several months after you receive them. Many people use immediate dentures while waiting for their conventional dentures.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain. These dentures have a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
When you take out or put in your dentures, make sure you stand over a folded towel or a sink full of water. Dentures can break when dropped. Take care to keep your dentures from drying out. Place them in a denture cleanser or water when not in use. Brush your dentures daily to remove plaque and food. Also brush your tongue, gums, and palate every day before putting in your dentures. Visit New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry if you have any issues with your dentures, like chips or cracks. The fit of your dentures should be checked at least once a year.
Feel free to contact our office at 603-672-6546 today to learn more about dentures and to schedule an appointment.