A set of dentures, also known as false teeth, is a removable instrument that may be used as a replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Partial dentures are for people that are missing some of their teeth at a particular arch. Partial dentures not only replace the missing teeth, but they also prevent other teeth from shifting into the space of the missing tooth. Complete dentures are for people who are missing an entire arch of teeth. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been pulled out and the gum tissue has begun to heal. These types of dentures are usually ready for placement in the mouth within 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth has been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed once the teeth are removed. A disadvantage of these kinds of dentures are that they often have to be adjusted frequently to fit properly since the bones and the gums shrink over time after teeth removal.
When creating new dentures, we first determine the type of appliance that is appropriate for you. Then, we proceed with measuring the relation of jaws to one another and how much space separates them. Next, models and plastic patterns that are exactly the same as the dentures are made. These models are fitted and adjusted for you until the color, shape, and fit is perfect. Finally, the denture is casted and fitted for you.
New dentures might feel loose or weird in the first few weeks of using them. They may also cause slight irritation or soreness and increased saliva while the mouth adjusts. These side effects gradually improve upon continued use.
Eating with dentures will take a little practice and may be very uncomfortable in the first few weeks of using them.
Dentures may also affect your pronunciation of certain words, so practice is advised to become more comfortable with speaking. You should also contact us if there are clicking sounds produced when talking or if speaking problems persists. It may help to wear your new dentures 24 hours a day for the first few weeks. After your mouth is used to using the dentures, you should remove them before going to sleep in order for the gum tissues to rest.
There is an alternative to dentures: dental implants. Dental implants can support dental bridges, which eliminates the need for a denture. Their resemblance of real teeth make them more expensive than dentures. Every patient, however, may not be a good candidate for dental implants.