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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Your Guide to False Teeth

by Jimmy Carter

If your dentist suggests that you will need false teeth after removing some of your existing ones, then it can be a worrying time. However, you should bear in mind that many people transition to using dentures without much of a problem. Read on to discover the main types of false teeth and how you can look after them.

Complete Dentures

A complete denture is required when all of the teeth on either your upper or lower mandible are taken out for some reason, usually because they cannot be saved by your dentist. A complete denture should sit neatly over your jawbone and gum to make a snug connection. However, since gums alter their shape after a major tooth extraction process, a newly shaped denture may be required to replace your first one after a month or two. It is your dentist who will take the mould necessary to make a denture that is tailored to your mouth. However, the denture is usually fabricated by a separate denture services contractor employing skilled technicians in laboratory-like conditions.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture clips onto your other teeth with metal clasps. This means that it can feel quite odd against the tongue when you first have a partial denture fitted. That said, you will be less likely to have a new one made for you—unlike with a complete denture—because a partial denture can be anchored more securely. If you don't like the look of the clasps, then you can talk to your dentists about the possibility of using white or gum-coloured ones instead, although these tend to be more expensive. Another alternative is a fixed bridge, which looks like a partial denture but is attached to crowns.

Caring for False Teeth

Whichever sort of denture you have, it is important to care for it—just as you should care for your natural teeth. At first, it is advisable to keep your denture in both day and night. After a time, once the soreness of your gums has receded, you may want to take your denture out at night, which will allow your gums to rest. Keep your denture moist so that it does not alter its shape. Brush your teeth after eating. This should include using a conventional toothpaste and a normal toothbrush on your denture as well as your remaining teeth. Soaking dentures in a cleaning solution at night is also advisable.