When you are missing teeth, one of the options is to get dentures. It is a restoration, which can be easily taken out and put back in your mouth. It can never feel the same as your old natural teeth, but today’s dentistry can make them look as natural and comfortable as it was before loosing the teeth.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. It depends how many natural teeth you still have in your mouth. If you don’t have any – you get full dentures. If you have at least one tooth left – you get partial dentures. Your dentist will select the best option, that would suit your clinical situation.
How do Dentures Work?
First, your dentist would make an impression from your mouth, so dental laboratory could make a custom-made dentures, that fits your mouth perfectly.
Dentures has acrylic base that fits over your gums. The upper denture’s base covers the palate, while lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe, so your tongue would have some place to move.
Conventional Full Denture
This type of dentures is being placed in your mouth after all of your natural teeth being extracted from the mouth and when all the tissues have healed. Healing may take few months, so you have to consider that you would be without teeth for some time.
Immediate Full Denture
Immediate full dentures is usually inserted right after the remaining teeth is being removed. So your dentist makes measurements prior the extraction. The pros of immediate dentures are that you don’t have to be without teeth after the extraction, but on the other hand, they must be relined after few months of the procedure. The bone, that used to support the teeth, reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose, that’s why the dentures needs to be adjusted after some time.
A partial denture is designed on a metal framework, which attaches to your remaining natural teeth. The crowns may be placed on your natural teeth to serve as an anchors for the denture. Such dentures are a good alternative to bridges.
Adaptation to new dentures
New appliances to your mouth at first can feel uncomfortable and it can be difficult to speak and eat. It takes time for your muscles and tongue to learn to keep dentures in place. What is more, you can feel irritation or soreness, so don’t worry, it is not unusual. But with couple of weeks you will start to feel better. If you will experience any irritation you may need couple of visits, so that dentist could adjust the denture in a more comforting place for you.
How Long do Dentures Last?
With time your mouth naturally changes, so your dentures may become loose and you may experience some difficulties while chewing. Moreover, your dentures will need to be relined, rebased or remade. So you want to make sure you see your dentist at least once a year for check-up.
Take a good care of your dentures
First, you need to be very delicate with dentures because they can easily break if they are dropped.
Secondly, try not to dry the dentures out. You can place them in cleanser soaking solution or in plain water.
Moreover, never use very hot water, because you can damage dentures.
Make sure you brush your dentures every day, because bacteria and food deposit can make dentures stain.
What is more, use soft-bristled brush to clean your tongue, palate and gums every morning. This way you will stimulate circulation in your tissues and remove the plaque.
Last but not least, don’t try to adjust dentures yourself, because you can damage the dentures beyond repair.
If you are interested in getting dentures or you already have one and it became loose, break, cracked or chipped – feel free to contact us (323) 682-0674