When the teeth are lost, it results in bone loss. Above all missing teeth look unsightly. Therefore, dentures are the ideal solution for missing teeth. A denture resembles natural teeth. Dentures are made of acrylic plastic and sometimes from porcelain and metal.
Dentures help in chewing food and also enhance the confidence in an individual. Dentures come with full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures also known as Complete dentures replace all of the missing teeth. Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Partial dentures also prevent other teeth from shifting or drifting from their natural position. Conventional dentures are ready to be placed in the mouth in about 8-12 weeks once the teeth have been removed, and the gums have healed. However in exceptional cases, your dentist may recommend more time before placing a conventional denture.
Who are candidates for dentures?
People who have missing teeth are ideal candidates for dentures. Many people lose their natural teeth due to old age. There are circumstances when teeth are lost due to an injury, or an accident. It is in these and other incidences that some find dentures a good option. Tooth loss can have an emotional impact on many people. Such people can find dentures as the best remedy to overcome lost teeth.
A patient may need to visit the dentist at least five times which can take about one month on average. When you visit your dentist, an initial diagnose will be performed. Your dentist will create an impression, and a wax bite is made to determine vertical dimensions and proper position of the jaw. This is to ensure that your denture matches the color, shape and fit until the final dentures are ready.
Patients wearing dentures need time to get used to their new teeth. Though one can begin with their usual activities within few hours, many patients feel discomfort for few days or weeks. Minor discomforts like irritation in the cheeks and gums are common. But this will come down as one gets used to dentures over a period of time.
How do you care for dentures?
Dentures require good care and maintenance. Remove and clean your dentures regularly. It is advisable to clean the dentures with a denture cleanser or a denture solution. Avoid placing dentures in hot boiling water when sterilizing. By doing so, dentures may lose their shape. When not wearing dentures, soak the dentures in a cleanser or water. Store the denture in the same place after removal to avoid misplacing them. Loose fitting dentures have to be replaced immediately. Never attempt to adjust dentures by yourself. Do not use denture adhesives for a long time, as this can contribute to bone loss. Talk to your dentist to lean more about dentures.