Dentures replace missing teeth. Today’s dentures have a more updated and natural look, than dentures of the past. And, they are comfortable. Dentures come in two types: full and partial. With help from your dentist, you can choose the type of denture that will work best for you.
Full dentures have an acrylic base that fits over your gums and it has a natural flesh-colored look. The upper denture covers the roof of your mouth and the lower denture is shaped to comfortably accommodate your tongue. Keep in mind, dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory from impressions that a dentist makes of your mouth. From the impressions your dentist makes, he or she will be able to decide which type of dentures will best fit you.
There are three basic types of dentures and they are the conventional full denture, the immediate full denture and the partial denture. A conventional full denture is put in your mouth after various teeth are removed and your gums have healed. Healing of the gums usually takes several months.
The immediate full denture is put in immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed. Even though immediate dentures offer a patient never to go without teeth, they need to be realigned several months after they are put in. These various realignments are necessary because when the bone that supports the teeth heals, it reshapes, causing the denture to become loose.
The partial denture sits on a metal framework that attaches to your teeth. Crowns are sometimes placed on some of your natural teeth and work as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures are sometimes used as an alternative to bridges. Dentures often last a long time; however, every now and then they need to be relined or re-based. Denture repair is sometimes needed, too. This is necessary because of normal wear. Most dentists recommend denture wears to come in at least once a year for a checkup.
There are tips that can help when caring for dentures such as standing over a towel when handling them. This is because they are delicate and may break if they are dropped. It is also important to not let your dentures dry out. They should be placed in a denture cleanser solution or plain water at night. It is also important to brush your dentures every day so that food deposits and plaque can be removed. Of course, it is important to see your dentist if your dentures chip, break or crack. Most dentist offices offer denture repair services, which are usually much cheaper than buying a brand new set of dentures.
Keep in mind; it will take time to get used to your dentures. It takes time to learn how to eat with dentures. To make this easier, try eating soft food for awhile until you get used to eating with dentures. Within a few weeks you should be able to eat harder foods. Some also find that it is difficult to speak clearly at first with dentures. This is often caused by the dentures changing the shape of your mouth. Speech returns to normal once your lips, tongue and cheeks become accustomed to the dentures.
To conclude, dentures can be a life-saver and can keep you in better health as you age. With the various types of dentures, you’re sure to find one that fits you best.