We are all bound to lose our teeth as we age but that doesn’t mean changing your lifestyle and eating habits. Dentures can help you enjoy the food that you like for a long time.
What are dentures?
Dentures are the removable false teeth that are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay or injury amongst other causes. Dentures are created to fit snugly with the shape and size of the wearer's jaws and sit across the gums to replace the missing teeth.
I think I need dentures, where do I start?
The best point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a specialist with additional training after dental school who focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures for even the most complex cases. A prosthodontist will help you determine if another treatment option might be more suited to your particular situation.
What are different types of Dentures?
Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. Based on this there are two types of denture. First a partial denture- a removable denture which is used for one or few teeth. Second is the complete denture- when a person requires a full set of teeth.
What is a partial denture?
A removable partial denture is a dental appliance in which one or several teeth are replaced and it so helps in restoring the function of your jaw. It is made up of the false teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-coloured acrylic base which are connected by a metal framework. This combination of acrylic and metal frame makes it strong enough to withstand the force of eating and looks like a natural tooth.
What is a complete denture?
A Complete denture, also known as a full denture is a type of removable appliance which is used to replace all the teeth for a person who has lost all his teeth. It is tissue supported prosthesis so it does require a well-rounded ridge with adequate height and width.
Is it possible to have dentures put in the same day as teeth removal?
Yes, it is possible to have your teeth removed and dentures put in the same day. These dentures are called immediate dentures and you should talk to your prosthodontist to see if that treatment is the best for you.
What is the process of getting a new denture?
Usually, in a standard type of denture, it takes a few weeks and 4-5 appointments to get your denture ready. The steps in the process include:
- An impression of your gums is taken and bite registration is done to measure how you bite.
- Then a wax try-in is done along with measuring the jaw relation.
- After this step, you also get to see your denture and try them before they are finished.
- In the final appointment, the new denture is delivered to you.
What problems should I expect after wearing a new denture?
You might face the following issues as you wear a new denture
- As with any other dental appliance you wear denture also may feel quite odd, usually, it feels a bit bigger in the mouth.
- It may sometimes cause an increase in saliva flow
- This might also get u some sore in the mouth
But you don't need to worry, as time goes by you will become accustomed to it and you won't have any issue with the denture.
Will the denture affect my speech or any facial expression?
For speech in initial days, there might be some difficulty in pronunciation of various words but within a few days, the problem will resolve as you get comfortable and habituated with the denture.
How should I care for my dentures?
- Use soft bristle brush and water to clean them after every meal.
- Avoid using toothpaste, many commercial toothpastes have abrasives present that can damage your denture
- Take off the denture at night and keep it in water or denture-soaking liquid.