Dentures are a great alternative way for missing teeth. They are generally artificial teeth and consist of nylon, acrylic, or metal.
When you have lost all your teeth, your facial muscles seem saggy. You may look aged because of this. Dentures are here to fulfill your gap and restore your smile and offer protection to your other teeth. This aids you to eat, chew or speak again naturally.
Common kinds of dentures:
- Complete (Full) Dentures – If you’re missing all of your teeth then you can go for this option. Your dentist places it on top of your gums and anchors it to existing teeth. The dentist generally installs them within 8-12 weeks after the teeth removal.
- Partial Dentures — If you still have some natural teeth left in your upper and lower jaw then just opt for this. You will find a pink-colored base connected to a metal piece. These two pieces firmly support your denture inside the mouth. They are simply removable. This means you can easily pull them out at any time.
- Immediate dentures – Your dentist usually installs immediate dentures on the same date the tooth extraction has been done.
The process usually takes some weeks and appointments.
- Your dentist or prosthodontic first decides what kind of dentures suits your requirements.
- He/she takes a few impressions of your jaw along with the measurements.
- Accordingly, the dentist creates models, wax forms, or plastic patterns to get the correct shape and position.
- Now you have to try this model many times to check and verify for color, shape, and fit.
- The final dentures are then built and your dentist places them in your mouth.
Also, do visit the dentist’s office whenever adjustments are needed.
Care for Your Dentures
We all know that our mouths are fully loaded with bacteria. Therefore, you ought to clean your artificial teeth daily as well.
- Brush at least twice daily
- You can use liquids to clean, of course with a doctor’s advice
- Handle your Dentures very carefully to expand their durability
- Never bend the dentures while you clean
- Avoid damaging the clips while brushing or cleaning.
- Soak your dentures while you go to bed and make sure they do not dry out.
- The dentist may recommend you to stay away from particular foods and drinks.