When you smile, are there missing teeth? Gaps in our smile isn’t always a confidence booster we look for nor is it ideal when it comes to doing our daily activities such as talking or chewing our food. We need our teeth daily, but if we don’t receive the right treatment, it can be challenging to continue with our daily routine. Dentures are a great solution to replacing our missing teeth.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable plate of artificial teeth which replaces missing teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are different types of dentures you can get depending on the case of your missing teeth. Each denture is placed at different times and for different reasons during the process of getting your teeth removed and prepared. For the most part, we have two full dentures and one partial denture that we can choose from, and they are as follow.
They are full removable dentures which are made for all your teeth once they’ve been removed. With this type of denture, before molding and placing the denture, the dentist will remove the teeth and let the gum tissue heal. Once the tissue has healed, the dentist will cast a mold of the oral cavity to create the denture mold then. During the molding process, the dentures will be made to fit your oral cavity without too many adjustments. It is a long
process too because you will need to allow time to heal your tissue then, the dentist to have your dentures ready. It can take weeks or even months until you can have your dentures placed and fitted.
The name itself is self-explanatory, they are dentures that are immediately placed in after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are used to replace a full set of teeth and have been molded before the teeth extraction. You’ll have them on during the healing process your gum tissue which is advantageous if you want to have your smile right away and eat solid foods. There is no need to wait weeks or months for your dentures.
The only downside to getting immediate dentures are the readjustments they will need as your bone and gum tissue heal. As your bone and tissue heal, they will shrink which is why your dentures will need to be realigned and reshaped to fit into your oral cavity. It’s a very costly denture than conventional dentures with the number of dental visits necessary to ensure they are properly fitted for your mouth.
When you have some teeth missing, you can get a partial denture to replace your missing teeth. They are dentures that have a metal framework and clasps which connect to your remaining teeth. Partial dentures can have other connectors, but they are mostly made to attach to the remaining natural teeth. They replace your couple missing teeth but also keep your remaining teeth from shifting position.
What to Expect with Your Dentures?
Dentures will feel uncomfortable as your muscles get accustomed to having them in your mouth and holding them in place. There will be a couple of minor changes in the beginning, but over time they will pass. Here’s what you can expect with your new dentures.
- Increase in saliva flow
- Minor irritation and soreness
- Feel little room for the tongue
- Minor denture movements (i.e., when you cough or laugh)
- Speech difficulties
- Reintroduction to eating foods
These should all be brief expectations are you get more practice with your dentures and get accustomed to using and having them. If you experience prolonged periods with these brief expectations, you should consult with your dentist.
Proper Denture Care
Just because they’re artificial teeth doesn’t mean they need little care, on the contrary, they need the same adequate care as are natural teeth. You want to ensure you are:
- Removing and rinsing your dentures – remove the food debris by running them over water.
- Brush your dentures – use a soft bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food debris and plaque. You don’t want to use denture cleansers inside your mouth; you always want to remove your dentures when you clean them.
- Clean your mouth before and after your dentures – with a brush or a moist cloth; you want to ensure you are cleaning your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth you might have.
- Soak dentures – some dentures may require you to keep them moist, so they retain their shape. You can place them in water or denture soaking solution but, first, verify with your dentist what is the proper overnight care for your dentures. You always want to rinse them thoroughly when you have soaked them before placing them in your mouth.
- Visit your dentist – dental check-ups are still mandatory for proper oral health care. Visiting the dentist can help assure your dentures remain a fit for your oral cavity and prevention.
Alternatives to Dentures
If you aren’t to keen on getting dentures, there is another alternative to dentures, and they are dental implants. Dental implants eliminate the need for dentures; however, not everyone is a candidate to get dental implants. Consult with your dentist to see if your eligible to receive dental implants.
If your missing teeth and want to replace them to gain your smile and confidence back, you want to consult with one of our dentists today to see what dentures are right for you and your dental care. Fill out this form here to book an appointment.