Many people will lose one or more teeth at some point during their lifetime as a result of dental disease or some form of trauma. Dentures are just one way to replace missing teeth and even though this treatment has been used for decades, it is still very popular. Today’s modern dentures are very different from the false teeth you may remember your parents or grandparents wearing. The appearance of denture teeth has improved significantly over the years and the gum colored acrylic base comes in a wide range of colors so it will closely match the color of your natural gums.
A great video by another dentist introducing everything you need you know about Dentures.
Will My Denture Look Natural?
We take a great deal of time and care when making dentures for our patients. Each denture is custom-designed to complement your facial features. We will take the time to make sure you can smile and talk with confidence and that eating is comfortable. If you are facing teeth extractions or currently have an old or uncomfortable denture, why not contact us as we would love to help you.
What Is a Denture?
A denture is a dental appliance that can easily be removed. It is designed to replace one or more missing teeth as well as gum tissue. Dentures can be partial or complete dentures. Our dentist will suggest a partial denture if some natural teeth are still remaining. You will need complete dentures if all your teeth are missing in either the upper or lower arch, or in both.
A partial denture consists of replacement teeth made from acrylic or porcelain and which are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Often this base may be strengthened with a metal framework. Partial dentures are often kept in place by clasps that will fit around the existing teeth and which are made from metal polished up to a high sheen. It’s also possible for partial dentures to be held in position with precision attachments rather than clasps.
Partial Dentures with Precision Attachments
These precision attachments fit into attachments on crowns that are adjacent to the denture, holding it securely in place. Precision attachments can create a more natural -looking effect as opposed to metal clasps that may be more visible.
Dentures can be made from flexible and unbreakable nylon that easily conforms to the shape of your mouth. The clasps on a nylon denture are the same shade as the gum colored nylon base, so they blend in more easily with your teeth and gums. A nylon denture is comfortable and can be a good choice if you have allergies to the acrylic used to make ordinary dentures. They are commonly used for partial dentures, but may occasionally be used to make complete dentures.
Why Have a Partial Denture?
A partial denture helps fill in the gaps created by missing teeth, preventing your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of position. This is important as if teeth begin to drift into the empty spaces left behind after tooth extraction, it can affect your bite and these teeth may become less stable. A well-made partial denture will also restore your smile!
There are two different types of complete dentures, as they can be conventional dentures or immediate dentures.
Many people are concerned they will be left without teeth after tooth extraction, but immediate dentures can be fitted straight away after teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made prior to teeth extractions and are placed in the mouth immediately afterward. This ensures you will not be left without teeth during the healing period. After tooth extraction has taken place, the gum tissue will begin to heal, a process that can take two or three months to complete.
During this time your gums and jawbone will change shape which is why it’s necessary to have an immediate or temporary denture during this time. This does mean your immediate dentures will almost certainly need frequent adjustments during the healing period. These adjustments will ensure your denture continues to fit properly, enabling you to eat and talk comfortably. Immediate dentures only remain in place until the healing period is complete and we can make your conventional denture.
Making and Fitting Your Conventional Denture
After your gums have healed, we can begin the process of making your conventional denture which will require several visits to us here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry as it is important we get every stage exactly right.
Taking Impressions and Measurements
Firstly we will take an impression of your mouth that will be used to make a special impression tray so we can take an even more detailed impression to get an accurate fit. We will also take detailed measurements of the height in between your upper and lower jaws so we can accurately replicate this height with your new dentures, ensuring they provide plenty of support for your cheeks and lips, and are fully functional while looking great.
Choosing Your Denture Teeth
Once we have all these measurements, we can choose your denture teeth as there is a huge selection available, so this part of the process can be quite enjoyable. Your new denture will first be made using pink wax to support your denture teeth so it can be tried in and fitted. At this stage, we can easily make any small adjustments before the pink wax is replaced with gum colored acrylic. The final stage will be to try in and fit your finished denture and to make any small adjustments as required. We often suggest patients come back to see us in a week or so after fitting, just in case any further small adjustments need to be made.
How Long Will It Take to Get Used to Wearing Dentures?
It’s perfectly normal for complete dentures to feel a bit strange initially as the muscles in your cheeks and lips will need some time to adjust and become accustomed to holding the denture in place. Before you speak, bite down gently on your dentures, as this helps to stabilize them. You may wish to practice speaking with your new denture in front of the mirror until it feels comfortable and natural. If you have put up with worn down or missing teeth for quite some time, you may even notice your appearance has improved as your dentures will fill out your cheeks and lips perhaps even diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Will I Be Able to Eat Normally with My New Denture?
It’s worth sticking to soft foods for the first few days and to begin gradually introducing harder foods when you become accustomed to the sensation of eating with dentures. Try to chew your food on both sides of your mouth. Cut your food into small pieces and avoid foods that are very hard or particularly sticky. It’s also not wise to chew gum while wearing dentures.
How Should I Look after My Denture?
Regular maintenance will keep your permanent denture clean and fresh and will help keep them looking great. It’s worth cleaning your dentures over a bowl of water or over a soft towel as if you drop them they could break. Use proprietary denture cleaner or gentle dish soap and a soft denture brush to thoroughly clean your denture and to remove all plaque and food. You shouldn’t use ordinary toothpaste or an ordinary toothbrush as these are too abrasive and could damage your dentures. Soaking your dentures overnight in proprietary cleaner will help get them thoroughly clean and gives your gums a chance to recover as you shouldn’t sleep in your dentures.
What Should I Do If I Break My Denture?
If you break your denture, please do not try to mend them at home as ordinary glue will damage your denture, possibly beyond repair. Instead, bring them into us so we can get them professionally mended. The turnaround time for mending dentures is pretty quick, so please don’t worry that you will be left without dentures for too long.
Should I Use a Denture Adhesive?
Some people may wish to use a denture adhesive occasionally, particularly if they just want a little bit of reassurance for example if they have to speak in public. Denture adhesive may also be useful for people with dry mouth, a condition that decreases denture retention. Denture adhesives shouldn’t be used to hold poorly fitting dentures in place. If your dentures begin to fit badly or have begun to move or slip around then please come to see us so we can take a look. Sometimes it is possible to reline the fitting surface of a denture to make it fit more securely. Over time, you can expect the fit of your denture to change slightly as your jawbone will continue to change shape after teeth extractions.
Are There Any Alternatives to Wearing Dentures?
Yes, as it’s becoming increasingly common to use dental implants or mini dental implants to replace a denture completely with a fixed bridge of teeth, or we can provide you with an implant denture, where it will clip onto dental implants so it is held securely in place. If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants and how they might help you, then please call us to schedule a consultation. Denture implants or permanent dentures can be a great alternative for anybody who finds it a struggle to wear partial or complete dentures.
Don’t Forget Your Regular Checkups
Regular checkups are important, even if you have lost all your natural teeth. During your checkup, we can assess the condition of your mouth and will conduct regular screenings for oral cancer, and of course, we will check the fit of your denture. This is also your chance to ask any questions about your dental health or any queries about your dentures.
Please remember that if you have any problems whatsoever with your new denture, that we are here to help you. Just contact us to talk to any of our friendly dental team as we are more than happy to answer any questions or we can schedule an appointment for you to come and see our local dentist here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Call us today on (828)-676-2114.
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