For some people, the idea of getting dentures can be a scary prospect. If you are in this situation, it may mean that you have lost most or all of your teeth. This could have happened because they were severely decayed or many of them were damaged in a serious accident. Regardless of why you…
Dentures to Replace Missing Teeth and Gums
A set of dentures is a tooth replacement solution for people who have lost one or more teeth. It enhances the look of teeth while also restoring their function. Read on to learn more about how dentures are used for restoring lost teeth and gums.
The number of missing teeth on the jaw determines the sort of dentures that the dentist will recommend for the patient. If only a few teeth are missing, the dentist may offer partial dentures to fill in the gaps. A full denture will be required if most or all of the teeth are missing.
Removable partial dentures and fixed partial dentures are the two types of partial dentures. Removable partial dentures are made out of prosthetic teeth held in place by a gum-colored plastic foundation. A metal structure that supports the denture is usually linked to the base. The metal framework that keeps the detachable partial dentures in place is prone to breaking, so they will need to be fixed or replaced regularly.
Fixed partial dentures are not detachable once placed in the mouth. They are supported by dental implants, which act as the foundation for the prosthetic teeth. Dentures held in place by dental implants are more stable and last longer, enabling patients to use them for more extended periods before needing replacement.
Full dentures have two forms: traditional full dentures and immediate complete dentures. Traditional dentures are manufactured when all the teeth in the mouth have been lost or removed, and the gum tissue healing is complete. These dentures are not installed in the mouth until eight to 12 weeks after the teeth extraction.
Immediate dentures are produced before the remaining teeth are removed and may be installed right away. Many individuals choose these dentures in order to continue to have teeth throughout the healing process. However, there is the drawback of requiring more modifications for a correct fitting. Therefore, most dental professionals use them as a temporary option before the traditional full dentures set is ready.
The process of making dentures
The bone and gum tissue will begin to heal and cover the tooth socket after a tooth is removed or lost. It takes a few months for the gums and bone to stabilize. At this point, patients can visit the dentist for a traditional complete denture, ideally between 8 and 12 weeks after their teeth have been pulled or lost from the mouth.
The first step is to take imprints or molds of the oral tissues, which will hold the denture. These imprints will be used to create models of the patient's mouth at a dental laboratory. Each phase of the denture-making process must be done in the patient's mouth. The dentist and lab technician will make sure the dentures fit properly, create a good bite, and have a pleasing look and feel in the mouth.
Until the denture production is done, the patient will need to visit the dentist once a week for roughly four to five weeks. After the denture is supplied, the patient will need to return to the dentist many times throughout the first month for minor modifications.
What to expect
Patients who have never gotten dentures before may feel a strange sensation in their mouth during the first few weeks. The oral muscles and tongue need to get used to supporting the dentures so the patient can feel at ease when wearing them or taking them off. When patients start wearing dentures, they may also experience discomfort or pain. However, this will lessen as the patient gets used to them.
The dentist will let patients know how long to wear their dentures each day. They may have to wear them all day at first to figure out which sections of the denture need to be adjusted. After the final adjustments have been made, the patient will be instructed to remove their dentures before going to bed.
Dentures might be tricky to eat with. Start with soft meals, and gradually introduce more solid ones, chewing them on both sides of the mouth. It is advisable to avoid sticky or chewy meals. The denture will stay in place when the cheeks and tongue are acclimated to it.
Dentures are a cost-effective and efficient solution to restore lost teeth without undergoing intrusive treatment. If you have lost several teeth and want to restore your smile, speak to your dentist about getting dentures.
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