Making Decisions About Home Care

Dentures: Keeping Them In Your Mouth Where They Belong

by Mae Ferguson

Teeth are a necessary part of life. Teeth define your smile. Teeth make eating possible and enjoyable. If you are a denture wearer, then you know how uncomfortable it is to go through the day without teeth.

Dentures have to stay in your mouth or they don't do much good. What methods are available to make sure that your dentures stay where they should?

Denture Adhesive

The least intrusive method for attaching dentures is denture adhesive. Basically, you apply denture cream to three or four spots on your denture appliance. Then, you hold the appliance in place for several seconds until it is firmly fixed in place.

Often, you have to re-apply denture adhesive more than once during a day since the denture cream can loosen. It is a good idea to carry extra with you just in case.

Removable Dentures with Implants

Another method for securing dentures is more permanent, but still allows you to remove your dentures for cleaning, fixing, or adjustments. Removable, implant supported dentures are used when you don't have any teeth in your jaw, but you have sufficient bone to support an implant.

Implants need to be surgically placed into your jaw. These implants have little "snap" points where the removable dentures are attached, so you are literally snapping your dentures into place.

There are two types of removable denture attachments with implants:

  • Implant-retained with studs, which have little snaps in the front to which the dentures attach
  • Implant bar-supported, which have a bar implanted above the gums to which the dentures then snap in place

Just like with a regular denture, you should remove and clean your implant-supported dentures daily.

Non-Removable Dentures

The third type of denture is not a typical denture. Instead, you are swapping out the daily ritual of attaching and cleaning dentures with dental implants that you maintain much like regular teeth.

With dental implants, you will have titanium screws attached to your jaw. Then, bridges or crowns (as deemed appropriate by your surgeon) are attached to the titanium screws. The whole process can take between two to four months depending upon the time it takes for your bone to heal.

At the end of the dental implant process, you have teeth that operate like the ones that you lost. You can brush, floss, and eat almost like you did before losing your teeth. And, you don't have to take them out at the end of the day or re-attach them during the day.

Whatever type of denture you prefer, there are proven methods for keeping your dentures firmly anchored within your mouth. To learn more, contact a company like Bristol Dental Group.