Dentures are dental appliances that are removable and are used for the replacement of missing teeth and surrounding tissues, and they are intended to look natural and enhance a person’s smile.
There are two types of dentures, which include complete and partial dentures and they are both pretty different. Complete dentures are pretty much what someone would use when all their teeth have gone missing where as partial dentures are used when you still obtain some regular teeth remaining in your mouth. Partial dentures help to fill in the spaces in which teeth have gone missing and are also really great at helping other teeth from shifting in your mouth more.
A complete denture is sometimes referred to as a conventional or immediate denture. A conventional denture is crafted after all of the teeth in someone’s mouth have been removed and the gums have completely healed, which can typically take around four to six weeks in total when the patient will go without any teeth. While an immediate denture is something that is molded ahead of time so that when a person gets their teeth pulled they can immediately put their new dentures in so they don’t have to go an extended amount of time without any teeth to avoid the embarrassment.
Reasons for getting dentures:
- Getting complete dentures is useful when you have lost all of your teeth in an arch
- Partial dentures are great when you have only lost several teeth in an arch
- Dentures enhance smiles and facial tissues
- Improves speech, digestion and chewing tremendously
What does the process of getting dentures involve?
Getting dentures is many times a very lengthy process and can also require several different appointments over a long period of time that usually lasts several weeks at a time. The first thing that needs to happen is that very accurate molds are measured and taken so that the dentist can ensure that the custom denture will be precisely accurate. But of course it is sometimes hard to get dentures right on the first try, and that is why there are sometimes several ‘try in’ appointments in which the dentist and the patient will make sure that the dentures are perfect in terms of color, shape and fit. By the time of the final appointment the dentist will have completely adjusted and placed the dentures for a perfect fit.
When you first get dentures it is very common for people to experience some form of saliva flow, soreness and even speech and chewing difficulty, but your muscles will adjust and it won’t hurt after a few days of getting your new dentures.