Dentures are the removable replacement used by the dentist for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made to closely resemble the natural teeth for boosted appearance and smile.
Two types of dentures available are complete and partial dentures. A partial denture or flipper tooth is used when patients have some natural teeth. However, the complete dentures are used when all the teeth of the patients are missing.
The denture creation takes several appointments and a few weeks. Once your dentist or prosthodontist decides what type of denture is appropriate for you, the basic steps include:
1. The dentist creates impressions of your jaw, takes measurements of how your jaws associate with one another and how much space exists between them.
2. In the next step, the doctor creates models in the form of wax or plastic patterns, the same as that of the shape of natural teeth.
3. You will be asked to try this model many times at the denture clinic so that it’s properly assessed for the shape, fit and color, shape, and fit before the final denture is made.
4. The dentist cast the final denture adjustments as necessary.
Your dentist or prosthodontist will tell you as to how long to wear the dentures and when is the right time to remove them. After receiving the denture, many dentists advise you to wear it first several days. However, if you want, you can wear it all the time, even while you sleep.
Although wearing denture 24*7 may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the best way to determine the areas on the denture that may require adjustment by the dentist. Once adjustments are done, you can remove dentures before sleeping.
New dentures may feel a little bit odd or loose for several weeks until the cheek and tongue muscles hold keeps them in place. After that, you get comfortable in inserting and removing the dentures.
You may also feel minor irritation or soreness when you first start wearing them. However, these problems subside as the mouth adjusts.
Whether you have permanent dentures or partial dentures, eating food with new dentures may be uncomfortable for a few patients for several weeks. It’s best to begin with the soft foods and cut into tiny pieces so that you get used to them. Make sure you chew the food gradually using both sides of the mouth.
As you get used to new dentures after some time, you can add other foods. However, avoid consuming hard and hot foods. Also, avoid sticky foods and the use of toothpicks while wearing dentures. You can put it back in the mouth in the morning.
If dentures “click” while you are talking or slip when you laugh, cough, or smile, contact your dentist or prosthodontist as soon as possible.
In the traditional dentures, the dentist removes your teeth and then you wait for the healing to take place. The downside is that you are without teeth for many months and need to wait for two months for effective healing. It can take more than one month to make your dentures and have them ready for wearing.
However, same day dentures (also known as immediate dentures), you do not need to wait for a long time. You will get a denture on the day the dentist remove your teeth. You leave it in your mouth for 24 hours before eliminating it for the first time.
However, there are some negative points too. Your dentist cannot preview the fit before being put in your mouth. You also feel more pain or swelling when your tooth is removed. Also, removing the denture before 24-hours mean that you can’t put it back.
The fit of your immediate denture also changes as the areas heal. This leads to in the denture feeling loose or there is a high risk of falling when you eat or talk. Fixing this cost you extra money.
If you need assistance in determining which denture is best for you, schedule a consultation from the savvy dentists at Advanced Dental. They will help you pick the best treatment as per your situation.