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How Do Dentures Stay in Place?
Dentures are one of the most common tooth replacement options that someone can consider when in need of replacing missing teeth. Dentures help a person to chew naturally and smile with confidence. But, one question that people have is: How do dentures stay in place?
There is not one answer to this question. But with the help of this article, anyone wondering how dentures stay in place can better understand. Being aware of how dentures work within the mouth may be helpful to someone considering dentures as an option to replace their missing teeth.
Keep reading to find out everything that one should know!
How do dentures stay in place?
As we stated, there is not one answer to this question, and that is because there are multiple types of dentures. This means there are also multiple ways that dentures stay in place.
In order to understand how dentures stay in place, it is necessary to know that each set of dentures are custom-created for each specific person. That means each person that wears dentures may have a slightly different experience. Everyone’s mouth is different and some mouths react differently to this prosthetic device. The muscles within the mouth should eventually adapt to the denture, thus allowing it to stay in place.
Complete dentures stay in place by closely fitting or molding to the gum and bone tissues within the mouth. The natural production of saliva also helps to keep the dentures in their correct spot. The dental professional will carefully take impressions of the mouth. Thus, when the dentures are created, they perfectly fit between the gums and bone.
While complete dentures do tend to stay in place quite well, some people experience difficulty with lower partial dentures. This is because there is less surface area present. The tongue also presents issues with lower complete dentures. Because of this, overdentures (dentures that are attached to tooth roots or implants) may be used to provide better placement and support of the lower set.
Partial dentures are used when a person still has some remaining healthy teeth, but they are held in the mouth differently. Metal clasps are used with partial dentures. These clasps attach to the natural teeth on either side of the jaw. The metal clasps hold the prosthetic denture in place so natural form and function can be achieved again.
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Whether you are considering partial or complete dentures, it is best to understand how they work within the mouth. Everyone’s mouth is different, but dentures should provide a new set of teeth so that you can chew naturally and smile normally again.
If you have questions about partial dentures, then reach out to us! We are here to help in any way that we can, whether that be guiding you through the denture process or explaining further how they stay in place. Give us a call or stop by our office.
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