Dentures are dental appliances used as replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and placed right back in the mouth when necessary.
While a fairly effective replacement, both in terms of esthetics and function, for real teeth, dentures often are criticized for how long it takes to get used to them and how they’ll never feel the same as one’s natural teeth. However, today’s dentures have been improved to look much better and be much more comfortable to wear.
How Dentures Work
There are three types of dentures – the conventional full denture, the partial denture and the immediate full denture.
The dentist will be the one to recommend which of the three fits your particular case best, or if you’ll benefit better from a different type of dental treatment.
For the dentures, they are custom-made dental appliances that are made in a dental laboratory using impressions that were taken based on the exact specifications of your mouth.
- Conventional Full Dentures – The conventional full denture is placed in the mouth only after the remaining teeth have been removed and tissues have been given enough time to heal. The healing process typically takes several months, during which time you will be without teeth. Special care instructions are given to prevent complications resulting from the lack of teeth. Also, it is often recommended to change one’s diet until the gums and its tissues have fully healed.
- Immediate Full Dentures – his type of denture is inserted immediately after all the remaining teeth have been removed. Thus, it is a viable alternative for those who don’t want to go through the hassle of living without their teeth for months. The drawback, though, is that multiple dental visits are necessary as the dentures will have to be relined because the bone supporting the teeth changes its shape as it heals, which if not corrected will cause the denture to become loose.
- Partial Dentures – Partial dentures are placed on top of a metal framework that’s attached to the remaining natural teeth. In many cases, crowns are placed on top of some of the natural teeth to serve as anchors for the dentures and to ensure a better, more stable fit. Partial dentures are often advised to those who dislike the permanent nature of dental bridges.
Do Dentures Really Feel Awkward?
Yes, especially for the first few months. Eating and speaking with dentures will take a lot of time getting used to. Even your cheeks and tongue will have to learn how to hold your dentures properly in place, resulting in you feeling that the dentures are a bit loose.
It is also not uncommon for you to experience excessive saliva flow and feel that the tongue is a bit cramped inside your mouth, or that you’re suddenly developing minor irritations and soreness.
If, however, the irritations are no longer what you’d consider as minor, be sure to see your dentist.
How Can I Make My Dentures Last?
Like many other dental appliances, dentures will have to be taken special care of to last for as long as intended, or even longer.
Here are a few tips to help you take better care of your dentures.
- As much as possible, stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpeted floors, or basically, anything clean and soft, when handling your dentures. This is so as the denture doesn’t break when accidentally dropped.
- Dentures should be placed in a glass of plain water or denture cleanser soaking solution when not being worn. Warm water is not advised as it can cause warping.
- Dentures will have to be brushed like natural teeth to rid them of food deposits and prevent plaque build-up, as well as stains.
- The gums, tongue and palate should also be brushed at least once every day. Preferably, use a soft-bristled brush and do this every morning, before the dentures are inserted.
- Any breaks, chips, cracks on the dentures should be reported to the dentist immediately. So too should be any feeling of looseness. Any attempt of adjusting the dentures yourself may only result in irreversible damage.
Missing teeth don’t only look bad, they’re also bad for the health.
Visit your dentist today to have your missing teeth replaced with dentures so you can have your smile back again and for you to not have to suffer from further health complications resulting from missing teeth.
If you are interested in denture and would like more information, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultaion today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com to learn more.
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