Everything you need to know about dentures.
Are you considering getting dentures? Either full or partial denture solutions are an excellent choice of dental treatment for those who need to replace missing teeth. Read on to learn more about how dentures work, including their oral and aesthetic benefits, plus some information about the process of getting dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. Often, they are recommended as a way to restore full tooth function, but they are also a popular cosmetic choice, often celebrated for the revitalising effect they can have on ageing smiles.
There are two main types of dentures recommended by dentists.
Full dentures are designed to be worn following a complete tooth extraction. They comprise a full set of teeth and are created by your dentist (in collaboration with a specialised laboratory), after several moulds and impressions of your mouth have been taken.
For patients who only need to replace a few teeth in order to restore full function, partial dentures may be recommended. Partial dentures are generally made from metal and acrylic materials and attach to the natural teeth, providing a removable alternative to dental implants and dental bridges.
How do dentures work?
In the case of full dentures, a flesh-coloured acrylic base fits over your gums. The upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to fit around your tongue.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, only attach to the part of the gum line where the tooth replacement is required. They fasten to nearby existing teeth to keep them from shifting out of place, but this connection is not permanent. Partial dentures can easily be removed at any time.
What is the process of getting dentures?
The process of getting dentures is often spread over four separate appointments.
During the first appointment, impressions will be taken of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be sent to a specialised laboratory, where a tray is produced that will exactly fit the shape of your mouth.
This tray will be used, during the second appointment, to attain another impression of your teeth. This final mould will then be sent back to the laboratory, where a trial set of dentures will be created.
During the third appointment, the trial denture is placed in the mouth to see if the fit is correct and if the dentures are comfortable for the patient. Your dentist will perform various checks, such as seeing whether the dentures comes together properly when you bite.
If any final modifications need to be made, these will happen before the fourth appointment — where your dentures will be secured in place and you will receive detailed care instructions from your dentist.
How do dentures feel?
New dentures may cause discomfort (and feel ‘unnatural’) during the first few weeks of usage, especially when eating and talking.
It is normal to sense that your new dentures feel ‘bulky’ in your mouth, as the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to accommodate your dentures and keep them in place. Excessive saliva flow and minor irritation in the mouth are also common complaints — though see your dentist if these issues are not resolved after a few weeks of getting used to your new dentures.
Typically, these issues clear up within a few weeks. Thereafter, with good care and regular maintenance, your dentures should provide up to 10 years of value to your oral health.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care we offer only top-of-the-line dentistry to ensure that your smile is healthy and happy. Our skilled team is vastly experienced in the placement of full and partial denture solutions. For more information about dentures, please read more here.
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