Dentures are fake teeth that fit over the gums and replace missing crowns. Commonly, we associate dentures with age. It is true that once you reach a certain age, your chances of keeping all your teeth become somewhat limited. However, age isn’t the only reason why you might need dentures. Dentures could be necessary if you have lost one or several teeth due to tooth decay.
Losing teeth leaves holes, and this can be problematic for a few reasons. First, it may mean that the teeth left grow in weird and wonderful ways, jutting out at angles or bending over. Second, it can lead to issues with both speech and chewing meaning discomfort for the patient. For this reason, dentists often recommend that the gaps are filled in as quickly as possible. Dentures are a removable solution to this problem. There are two types of dentures.
Complete dentures replace all the upper or lower teeth, perhaps both, and are generally used when teeth are lost due to age. Once full dentures are fitted, they can be taken out or put in as necessary. People with dentures often take them out at night because they find it more comfortable to sleep.
These smaller dentures can replace one tooth or several teeth that are missing from the same area. Again, these are used to fill in the gaps often left by damaged teeth. Dentures can be made out of a wide variety of materials. They can be plastic, metal or a mixture of the two.
Getting Full Dentures Fitted
If you need complete dentures fitted for the upper or lower teeth, you may first need to remove any of the teeth left over in your mouth. A dentist and surgeon will typically complete this procedure under general anesthetic. This is due to the time it could take to remove all the teeth in one go. Once the teeth have been removed the full dentures will be fitted on the same day. This means that patients are never left without teeth, even for a brief period.
However, it is important to realize that if teeth have been removed to fit in dentures, the bones and gums will move and reshape themselves. As such, it’s likely that the dentures will need refitting or even need to be replaced after just a couple of months.
Getting Partial Dentures Fitted
Partial dentures are a great deal smaller and more simplistic than the complete dentures previously mentioned. Partial dentures, designed to fill a hole where teeth have been lost are commonly clipped to existing, surrounding teeth. The material for these clips can be the same color as the teeth making them less noticeable. It is also possible that they match the color of the gums. However, in some cases, a firmer clip is needed which may not completely fade in with the rest of the mouth. Partial dentures can be easily removed by unclipping them and are an alternative to a bridge. The benefit of a partial denture is that the surrounding teeth are not affected in any way.
Living With Dentures
Some people find that dentures feel a little strange at first, but patients always grow accustomed to them. They are certainly useful and will make chewing food easier. During the first few weeks or months, you will need to wear the dentures full time. This is to ensure they continue to fit and that the mouth does not readjust. You will need to keep your dentures in, even through the night. However, eventually, you will be able to take them out as you please. If dentures are removed, they need to be kept moist, and this is why they are commonly kept in a glass filled with water.
You still need to brush your mouth as much as you used to when you have dentures. Gums need to be kept clean to avoid the possibility of gum disease. If you have teeth left around your dentures, these should always be cleaned twice a day.
Your dentures will need to be cleaned and brushed separately too to remove any food residue or other materials. This will ensure that you don’t have bad breath and again, limit the chances of tooth decay or gum disease. If you receive dentures from Club Dentist, we will be able to advise you on how to effectively clean them.
Dentures are a simple, removable option to fill in the hole left by lost teeth. At Club Dental we are happy to speak to any patients interested in this possibility.
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