Dentures, commonly known as false teeth, are custom-made removable substitutes for teeth and adjoining dental tissues. They help restore the facial appearance and improve oral functions. Dentures are made from various dental-grade materials like resin, metal, nylon, and porcelain.
Any person with missing or damaged teeth can easily get dentures as it is cost-effective and has little to no side effects. Dentures may feel loose until the gums and facial muscles get accustomed to the changes and keep them in place.
What Are the Types of Dentures?
There are mainly three types of dentures:
Immediate (temporary) dentures: They are removable temporary prostheses that are placed in one consultation just after the teeth are removed. This is a temporary remedy before the conventional set of dentures is positioned.
Conventional dentures: In this process, after the teeth are removed, the tissues are given time to heal. The prosthetic teeth are placed in the next appointment, which is generally scheduled after 2 to 3 months.
Overdenture: It is a special type of removable dental prosthetic that is placed on one or two remaining natural teeth. This process helps to preserve the jawbone and gives well-built support for the denture.
Advantages of Dentures
- Losing teeth sag facial muscles and can make you look older. Dentures fill the appearance of the facial profile.
- Helps in chewing food and restores your speech.
- Gives improved beauty and confidence to your smile.
What Are the Steps in the Procedure?
- After the teeth are extracted (or, in some cases, lost), a time span of 2 to 3 months is given for the tooth socket to fill with gum tissues.
- The space between your jaws is measured.
- Prosthodontists then make a wax/plastic model of the jaw during preliminary visits for you to try on. This is done before the main denture to avoid mistakes on the original frame.
- The main denture is cast by prosthodontists and set by our dentists in the final appointment.
How to Take Care of Dentures?
- The dentures should be brushed regularly to get rid of food particles and stains. As they cannot be whitened like natural teeth, they need proper care.
- The dentures are not as hard as enamel. A soft bristle toothbrush has to be used so that they don’t get scratched.
- Chewing gum and sticky/hard food can damage the denture seal and loosen them. It is always recommended to avoid such foods.
- When not in use, dentures should be kept in a water-based cleaning solution to prevent them from warping.
- It is suggested to remove the dentures before going to sleep.
- Before putting on the dentures, proper oral hygiene should be maintained. They should not be worn all day and night to prevent infection.
Please reach out to our dental practice in W Railroad Ave, Plains, MT, to have a consultation with our dentists. You can call us at (406) 215-4705 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.