Overview of Dentures
Dentures are prosthetic devices made to replace any number of teeth that you are missing.
They are fully removable, custom-made and natural looking. By wearing dentures, both your health and your appearance will improve as it would be easier for you to eat and speak properly.
There are two types of dentures widely available:
A) Complete (Full) Dentures
If you opt for complete dentures, your dentist will fit flesh-colored base made from acrylic over your gums. The palate (roof) of your mouth will be covered with the upper denture base, while the lower denture will be shaped, which will make room for your tongue.
There are two types of complete dentures:
- Conventional Complete (Full) Dentures
When opting for complete dentures, any remaining teeth will have to be taken out of your mouth. However, after removing them, the surrounding gum tissue will need an approximate 8 to 12 weeks to heal.
During this period, your gums and bones may shrink, so the best option is to wait. After the healing process has finished, the conventional dentures will be placed in your mouth. Please note that you would be without your teeth during the 8 to 12 weeks of healing.
- Immediate Complete (Full) Dentures
Similar to conventional dentures, immediate dentures requires any remaining teeth to be extracted from the mouth. However, immediate dentures are installed on the very same day of the teeth extraction. This provides you with teeth during the healing period.
Immediate dentures will require additional visits to your dentist for proper adjustments. This reason for the additional visits is to realign the dentures as the surrounding gums and bones heal.
Without the realignment, the dentures will become loose. The general recommendation is to use immediate dentures only as a temporary solution.
B) Partial Dentures
They are used when there are some teeth remaining in one of the jaws. A removable partial denture is a prosthesis that is fitted into spaces where your teeth are missing. It attaches the replacement teeth to a plastic base, which can in some cases be connected by metal framework whose task is to keep the denture in position in your mouth.
Unlike bridges, partial dentures can substitute any number of missing teeth. Another important role of a partial denture is that it keeps other teeth from moving from their original position.
Process of Making Dentures
After you and your dentist have decided on what type of dentures are the most suitable for you, the process of casting the dentures can begin.
Dentures are fragile dental devices, hence you might require minor repairs from time to time.
Will I Look Different With My Dentures?
Dental technology, as well as others, has advanced enough that dentures closely resemble your original teeth. More often than not, your dentures will be an improvement to your smile and you will be completely satisfied with your facial appearance.
Will I Feel Different With My Dentures?
Although the technology has largely progressed, dentures will never be able to resemble the feeling of your original teeth.
However, it is all a matter of habit. The first few weeks can be troublesome as you might feel that your dentures are loose or odd. This is perfectly normal, as the muscles of your tongue and cheeks adapt to the position of the dentures.
Excess salivation might occur, but this will usually go away in a few weeks.
The trickiest thing to get used to might is eating. You will need some practice to eat with your new dentures. A general advice is to begin with soft foods and cut your food into little pieces. You should also make sure to chew your food properly and use both sides of your mouth equally.
As you start feeling more comfortable with your dentures, you can try adding different foods. But make sure not to chew gum or use toothpicks while wearing them.
You can also have trouble with pronouncing some words when you start using dentures. With time, all these inconveniences will be resolved.
Do I Have To Wear Them All The Time?
In the beginning, you might be asked to wear them all the time, including during your sleep. This is a necessary precaution to identify if additional adjustments might be required. Meanwhile, it is extremely important to properly care and maintain your dentures.
As you become more accustomed to the dentures, your dentist will eventually recommend that you remove your dentures out at night. This gives your gums and surrounding tissues more time to rest and recover.
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