Dentures: Fixing Incomplete Teeth

Dentures are customized replacements for missing teeth and are detachable, i.e. you can remove them and fix them back in your mouth. Despite the fact that it takes a little time to become accustomed to using permanent dentures and will never feel the same way as having natural teeth, the latest dentures being used today look more natural and offer more comfort than ever. So, going for cheap dentures is no longer an option.

There are two major types of dentures namely, full and partial dentures. Your dentist will help you to choose the kind of permanent dentures that is suitable for you, and this is based on whether all or some of your teeth are going to be replaced. The cost involved will also need to be considered as well.

Dentures are usually custom-made for each user in a dental laboratory after impressions have been taken from the user’s mouth. Full dentures have an acrylic base that is flesh-colored and fits over the user’s gums. While the base of the upper denture conceals the roof of your mouth (i.e. the palate), the lower denture which is shaped like a horseshoe accommodates the tongue.

There are two types of full dentures: immediate full denture and conventional full denture.

Immediate Full Denture – This type of denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The only downside to using immediate full denture is that they must be relined after a few months and this comes about because the denture becomes loose as the bone supporting the teeth reshapes itself as it heals. The benefit of using this type of denture is that you will never have to be without your teeth.

Conventional Full Denture – This denture is inserted into your mouth after removing the remaining teeth, and the underlying tissues have restored back to health. Healing may take up to several months, and during this period you will be without your teeth.

Partial dentures, on the other hand, are set on a metallic framework which can be fastened onto your natural teeth. At times, crowns need to be put in place on some of your natural teeth to serve as anchors for the false teeth. Partial dentures are the removable alternatives of bridges.

Becoming accustomed to your new set of permanent dentures may take a few weeks to some months during which you will feel uncomfortable or awkward. You will need to spend some time practicing how to speak and eat with dentures. Over the next few weeks, your tongue and the muscles of your cheeks will learn to accommodate and hold your dentures in place despite a loose of heavy feeling from time to time. You may also notice an excessive flow of saliva and minor soreness or irritation. But if the irritation persists, consult your dentist.

Over time, you may need to remake, reline or rebase your denture as a result of normal wear. Rebasing has to do with making a new base for the set of dentures you are currently using as against getting a new set. Additionally, aging also causes the mouth to change thus making the dentures to become loose while chewing becomes irritating and painful. This is why experts advise that you visit your dentist annually for a checkup.

Here are some tips for taking care of your dentures:

  • Always stand over a basin of water when holding your dentures as they are very breakable if dropped suddenly
  • Brush your dentures daily and thoroughly to get rid of plaque and food deposits. It also prevents your dentures from getting stained
  • Never let your dentures to become completely dry. Whenever you are not wearing them, always place them in a bowl of plain water or denture cleanser soaking solution
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your tongue, gums, and palate every morning before inserting your dentures. This is to aid circulation in your tissues and also helps to get rid of plaque.

In conclusion, seek the help of a dental implant expert instead of buying cheap dentures as it could do more harm than good to the overall health of your mouth.