Dentures

A denture is a removable prosthesis intended to replace part or all of the senses and nearby tissues (upper gum). The partial ones replace some missing teeth and their objective in addition to restoring the integrity of their functionality to the mouth and to prevent displacement of teeth adjacent to spaces left by the missing ones.

The dentists at Buderim says that these are artificial teeth made of acrylic material on a pink plastic base that is held in the muzzle thanks to a metal structure that is fixed to natural teeth. Sometimes it is necessary to place a crown to secure the anchor. Contrary to what happens with bridges, which are fixed, partial dentures are removable.

How to care for dentures

Part of this process of adaptation to dentures is learning to take care of them, which includes their handling and cleaning.

The prosthesis may break if improperly handled when removed or placed (it may fall), so it should be done on a folded towel or a container with water to cushion the blow if it falls.

It is not necessary to allow the denture to dry, so when removing it, it should be placed in a container covered with a cleaning solution or running water, although this should never be hot, as it could deform.

Like natural teeth, dentures must be thoroughly brushed daily to remove food debris and bacterial plaque, as well as prevent stains.

Brushing can be complemented (never replaced) with ultrasonic cleaning (different devices are sold for this purpose).

Before replacing it, each morning, you have to clean the gums and tongue with a soft bristle brush to remove the remains of bacterial plaque. Also, this maneuver allows stimulating blood circulation in the tissues.

If at any time the dental prosthesis becomes loose and moves or fits poorly, the dentist should be visited for review and adjustment if necessary.

It is essential to periodically visit the Buderim dentist to check the prosthesis, its ability to adhere, or the evolution of the gums before an eventual alveolar withdrawal. Only in this way can it be ensured that the prosthesis fulfills its function correctly and remains in place.

Use of adhesives

The use of adhesive materials to improve the retention of dentures and prevent them from moving can contribute to improving the safety of the patient in their use. Especially in those who have dry mouth, which reduces their adherence, the elderly, and patients who have reduced neurological capacity (mobility of facial muscles), for example, after having suffered a stroke.

In any case, it is the Buderim dentist who recommends the use of the adhesive, so it is mandatory a periodic recession of the prosthesis and its functionality. It should not be resorted to on its initiative, as it has its contraindications:

  • If the dentures do not fit correctly, it can cause sores and discomfort.
  • If it is badly made (a specialized technician has not manufactured it)
  • If the washing and daily maintenance of the prosthesis is not done properly
  • If you are allergic to any of the components of the adhesive

Your local Sunshine Coast Dentist in Buderim

BUDERIM PARK DENTAL

6/83 MILL RD, BUDERIM-4556

PH: 07 5445 6577

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