Dentures are removable appliances that are custom made to replace a person’s missing teeth and help restore their smile. They are also called false teeth and can be taken out and put back in your mouth. New technology has given dentures a natural appearance. Although it may take some time to get used wearing them, they are more comfortable than ever.
The denture can be full (complete) – they are recommended when all teeth are missing or partial – they are used when some natural teeth remain.
Full dentures are a total replacement for either the upper or lower teeth, or both. A full denture is placed in your mouth after remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth. This type of denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. They are made of a plastic base that is colored in order to replicate gum tissue and support a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth.
A partial denture replaces a group of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The dentist may also recommend crowns or bridges instead of partial dentures. They look more natural. It rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. A partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and it also prevents other teeth from changing position.
Dentures may be awkward for a few weeks, but you will get used to wearing them. The dentures may feel loose in the beginning, while the muscle of your checks and tongue become accustomed to them.
Will eating be difficult?
When eating with your dentures on, in the first few days, start with soft foods, soups, boiled eggs or some cooked vegetables.
Foods and beverages may taste different in the beginning, but your sense of taste will improve.
Please be aware that you have to take small bites, chewing on both sides of the mouth. Avoid hard or sticky foods and chewing gum. Do not use toothpicks while wearing dentures.
During the first few days, your dentist will recommend to wear it all the time, including while you sleep. It is the quickest way to identify the areas that have to be adjusted. Once adjustments are made, dentures should be removed before going to bed.
Like natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Do not forget to rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any food deposits.
Occasionally patients who wear dentures may use adhesive to fix it better.
See your dentist in case: your dentures click when you are talking, your dentures no longer fit properly, you have signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or bad breath.
To conclude, dentures are an option when you have a lot of missing teeth. With new technology, dentures look more natural and you won’t avoid smiling.
In case you need further assistance, do not hesitate to call Dr. Arhiri to make an appointment.