Dentures is one of the most popular teeth replacement procedures.
Have you ever seen one of those movies where a character seemed to fix a complete set of teeth to their gum as a disguise? What you saw them fix/remove was most likely a denture.
Dentures are removable teeth replacement option that have become widely accepted as most people find them convenient to use. A denture consists of an acrylic base that has the color of the gum, this serves as the foundation on which the outer tooth structure is based. They come in different varieties depending on your unique dental condition.
Full Dentures (conventional) - For a full denture to be fitted, there must not be any teeth left on the gum. Full dentures require a preliminary appointment to take impressions and measurements of the mouth for the design of the dentures. The dentist performs minor surgery to extract any remaining teeth from the gums. You must then wait between 2-6 months to allow the gum to heal before having the dentures fixed. Keep in mind that you would have to be toothless until the healing period is over.
Full Dentures (immediate) - Periodontal disease (basically an infection affecting the gum) and other conditions like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even diabetes or high blood pressure can contribute to teeth loss.
Partial Dentures - A partial denture is placed over existing teeth and does not require any extraction. Partial dentures are used when some of the existing teeth are still in good condition and do not have to be removed. In some cases, all of the teeth may even still be present and the patient only wants a different dental appearance. A metal framework that is anchored on the remaining teeth is used to hold the partial dentures in place. Another advantage of partial dentures is that they are not permanently fixed. They can be removed and replaced at will by the patient.
What changes come with wearing dentures?
- Eating Discomfort - Dentures may feel a bit unnatural especially when using them for the first time and it takes a bit of adjustment to get used to them. The best way to go about it is to start slow. Avoid serious chewing and take more of fluids, smoothies or soft chewy foods. As you get used to the feel of the dentures, you can then return to eating regular foods.
- Speaking - You might experience some slight drawl in speech at the initial stages. This is nothing to worry about, you only need some time for the tongue to get used to the new teeth arrangement.
Caring for your dentures
Cleaning - Your partial dentures should be soaked with a cleansing solution and cleaned with a brush every morning. Ordinary water will also work just fine, but avoid using hot water as the dentures are delicate and may get weakened by high temperature.
Oral Hygiene - It is not advisable to brush full dentures with the same intensity as natural teeth. A soft brush is preferable for cleaning the dentures to prevent plaque or stains. Your gums, the roof of the mouth and the palates should also be brushed gently to keep them clean and healthy.
Finally, visit the dentist if you feel the dentures may be shifting out of place or you’re experiencing any discomfort.
Ready to get dentures?
After reading this, you may think you need to get dentures right away, however, a dentist is in the best position to determine that.
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