All you need to know about dentures

What a denture is all about

Most people don’t always feel comfortable during the earlier period of their tooth loss. This usually leads to the loss of confidence when the anterior tooth is lost as a result of accidents or gum problems which is an important tooth supporting structures. This affects speech, mastication and psychological balance of the individual. Various ways have been developed by the dentists and technicians in order to overcome these challenges. The use of denture is an important way of replacing the missing teeth.

The types of dentures available and adaptability

There are usually different types of dentures. The two broad categories are the partial or complete dentures. The custom-made replacements for the missing teeth is that type that can be taken out and placed it back to the mouth. The individual needs to understand that dentures adaptability depends majorly on the users. Some will get adapted to it within a few periods of usage while some will take a long time, however, the feeling will not be exact as that of a natural tooth. In recent time, dentures being made now feel comfortable for users when compared to an earlier range of dentures.


What is complete dentures?

Complete dentures are those type that is made for replacement when there are no more teeth in the mouth. It is made up of two main types which are the conventional or immediate complete dentures. The conventional one is that which is made for replacement when the patient healing period after extraction is up to 8-12 weeks. In cases of immediate complete dentures, it is already made before the extraction. It will be inserted for the patient immediately extraction process is completed so as to ensure there is no space or absence of tooth period for the patient. This type of dentures gives the patient an opportunity to have a similar feeling relative to when extraction is yet to be done. The main issue with this is that it requires continuous adjustment since the muscles and the bone healing always results in shrinkages hence making it unfit. This is the main shortcoming for immediate dentures hence considered to be a temporary solution.

Partial dentures and the alternative

This is made for patients that still have one or more teeth in his or her lower or upper jaw. It comes in form of fixing the replacement tooth to the pink or gum-colored plastic base. The bridge which is a type of partial denture are made by having the crowns of the teeth to be replaced to be connected in form of a bridge to the remaining teeth which serve as a supporting system for better fixation. The bridge made is then cemented to the system. When it is in place, remaining teeth will not lose their position. Recently, so many alternatives have been developed for partial dentures. The implant is one of those choices available. They are usually costly and makes the user have a more natural look when compared to the partial denture.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.