Teeth are very important assets to us. Not only do they help us to have a beautiful smile, but also it helps food to go down our throats easily. Sometimes due to lack of care and complete protection one or two teeth fall out of the mouth. Then your dental structure and your smile start looking bad. The treatment for this is called dentures. To be more precise, A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. You can have two types of dentures—complete and partial. Let’s discuss this more broadly:
Complete dentures are classified as “conventional” or “instant.” A typical denture is ready for implantation in the mouth around eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. Immediate dentures, as opposed to traditional dentures, are created ahead of time and can be placed as soon as the teeth are extracted. As a consequence, the user does not need to be toothless during the healing process.
A removable partial denture or bridge is often made up of replacement teeth affixed to a pink or gum-colored plastic foundation, which is occasionally held together by a metal framework that maintains the denture in place in the mouth. When one or more natural teeth persist in the top or bottom jaw, partial dentures are utilized. A fixed bridge substitutes one or more teeth with crowns on the teeth on each side of the room and artificial teeth. This connector bridge then gets sealed permanently. It does one more job, which is it prevents other teeth from changing their position.
Are there any alternatives to dentures?
Yes, you can use dental implants to work as that bridge but dentures are a more natural-looking option. Apart from that, the cost of a dental implant is also way higher than dentures. Now gradually people are accepting implants. But the truth is that an implant is not for everyone. So if you can afford it then you can go ahead. For more details, you can consult your dentist.
The process of making dentures
The denture development process takes a few weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist or periodontist (a dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth) determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are to:
- Have a number of imprints of your jaw and assess the relationship between your jaws and how much space there is between them.
- In the particular location and shape of the tooting to be produced, create models, wax form, and/or plastic patterns. The denture will be evaluated for color, form and fitness before the final denture has been cast many times.
- Implement the last and the final denture.
- With time there can be customization according to your preference.
What Do New Dentures Feel Like?
New tubes of toothpaste may feel a bit strange or loose for a few weeks before the cheeks and tongues’ muscles learn to hold them and to insert them and take them out. Also, it’s not unusual to develop slight irritation or pain and to increase saliva flow when you start using dentures, but as the mouth is adjusted such issues will decrease.
Will there be any change in the way of speaking?
Yes, not going to lie, but after getting dentures you may find a few words hard to pronounce. Don’t worry they are not prohibited for you for the rest of your life, you just need a little bit of practice. Start pronouncing those difficult words in a loud voice. With time and practice, it will get easier to speak with your dentures.
Contact your dentist if you dent “click” throughout the conversation. Prosthesis may slide sometimes while laughing, coughing, or smiling. Replace the prosthesis by biting and swallowing carefully. Consult your dentist or periodontics if any speech problems continue.
So you see, dentures are like a new member to your family. At first it will be a little difficult for you to adjust but with time you are going to get used to it.
If you don’t want to get dentures, you need to have a complete dental checkup at least twice a month. Apart from that complete dental, dental cavity, Deep cleaning, Teeth veneers, Endodontics, advanced periodontics is also important from our doctors.