06 Dec What to Know About False Teeth
In some cases, your dentist may suggest you have false teeth based on the current state of your teeth. This is not something to be ashamed of or confused about, and in many cases, the whole process is something easy and not difficult at all to get used to.
So if you are curious about learning some more about what it is like to have false teeth and what to prepare for, then stick around.
What are false teeth?
False teeth, also known as dentures, are basically artificial teeth. They are used for people who are missing some teeth (partial dentures) or can be used to replace many teeth. Your dentures will be created to fit your mouth properly, and imitate the experience and appearance of having real teeth really well.
If your mouth is in a particularly bad state, a dentist will remove all the teeth and provide you with your own dentures. Dentures used to be extra common many years ago, but nowadays a lot of people are educated on the importance of good dental health and hygiene.
What are they made of?
You will find that most dentures are made out of materials like acrylic, nylon, or metal, and will sit snugly over your gums.
The dentures will feel very comfortable and similar to normal teeth, so it is not really like braces where there will be a whole lot of trouble getting used to.
Why get false teeth?
As mentioned before, you can get partial dentures or full dentures. Partial dentures are great if you want a quick fix for a few missing teeth, but if your dentist has determined that your teeth need to be removed due to injury, infection, periodontitis, or other medical condition then you are likely to have full dentures.
Types of Dentures
Removable dentures are the “traditional” type of dentures and gets its name from the fact that they can be removed. These dentures are easier to clean and are quite popular. The downside is that they are more likely to slip out of place and that you will have to watch what you eat more often.
Flexible dentures are partial dentures that are not like ordinary dentures. The main difference is the fact that they are often more comfortable due to their flexible material. Not only are they flexible but they are still very durable and last a long time.
You’ll find that flexible dentures are also lightweight and feel a lot less bulky inside of your mouth in comparison to regular dentures.
Just like brushing your teeth, you will also need to brush your dentures. But this is going to be a different process.
Like your teeth, dentures are going to need to be cleaned every day. The way you go about doing this is important, and even though dentures are “artificial teeth” they are still prone to having bacteria and plaque build-up.
The cleaning process often starts with you taking the dentures out of your mouth and then running them under some running water. This will quickly get rid of food particles that may be stuck to it. You’ll then brush the dentures with a proper denture brush, or just a very soft toothbrush.
You do not want to use regular toothpaste or electric toothbrushes because they can be a bit too rough for cleaning dentures. Before you go to sleep, take them out of your mouth and leave them in some warm water.
You’ll only want to use a denture-soaking solution if your dentures don’t have any metal components as the solution can tarnish the metal.
To summarise, dentures (commonly known as false teeth) are artificial teeth used as a mouthpiece to replace missing teeth. Dentures are a good alternative for people just wanting a quick fix for their missing teeth and have been around for a long time.
Cleaning dentures is different from brushing your teeth normally and requires you to take the dentures out and wash them with a certain brush and leave them in some warm water. You must always take the dentures out before bed and never keep them in while you are sleeping.