Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Gum disease, tooth decay or injury are all catalysts for missing teeth, dentures can replace these teeth and give you back your natural smile and function. This will make it much easier to eat and speak than it is with missing teeth.
Facial muscles can sag or droop when you lose a lot of teeth, this can make you look a lot older. Dentures can help restore the appearance of your face as well as smile in these cases. There are many types of dentures available:
- Conventional – Full removable denture is made and placed in mouth after the teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which could take several months.
- Immediate – Removable denture is inserted the same day that the teeth are removed, the dentist will take measurements and make models of the jaw during a preliminary visit. This allows you to not be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures might have to be relined or even remade after the jaw is healed.
- Overdenture – An overdenture fits over a few remaining teeth after they’ve been prepared. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved and help preserve the jaw bone to provide stability and support for the denture.
New dentures can sometimes feel awkward until you become familiar with them. They can sometimes feel loose until your tongue and check learn to keep it in place, it isn’t unusual to feel minor soreness or irritation in the beginning. Follow-up appointments are generally required to adjust or check the fit of the denture, as well as discuss any problems you might be having.
You still must practice good oral hygiene even if you have full dentures. You should brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning before inserting the dentures. This helps remove plaque and keeps you and the dentures in good working order. Dentures should be brushed daily like normal teeth to remove plaque and food particles. This also keeps them from staining.
Partials are removable replacement teeth attached to a base. A partial denture may have metal framework to connect it to the natural teeth, or other more natural looking connectors. There are also devices called precision attachments, these are more esthetic than the clasps are. Crowns are sometimes needed to improve the fit of the partial. Partials with precision attachments usually cost more than those with clasps.