Dentures in Irving, TX
Just as no two patients are the same, no two dentures are the same. From the shape to the color of the teeth, dentures from Keith Mitchell, DDS can improve the look of your smile and the function of your mouth.
Dentures may become necessary when there is no longer an option of restoring the existing teeth due to periodontal disease or broken and missing teeth. Full dentures are used when there are no existing teeth. It rests upon the soft tissue of the mouth. A partial denture is for someone which may have only a few missing teeth. It snaps onto the existing teeth for support and stability.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar buildup, so it's important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it's important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask Dr. Mitchell about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask a member of our dental team which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it's important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day. We also recommend visiting our Irving dental office at least once per year for a checkup to make sure the denture is fitting well.
Dentures are not for everyone. If you're interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment at our Irving, TX dental office. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.