While they take some getting used to, dentures replace missing teeth and restore an individual’s smile, facial appearance, ability to eat, and speech.
They are also customized to each patient’s mouth, so they can closely resemble their natural teeth.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that act as a substitute for lost or extracted teeth. They are removable and held in place by suction and an oral adhesive.
Resin is typically used to construct the tooth portion, while gums are often made of a flexible polymer material.
Types of Dentures
There are three types of dentures: Conventional full dentures, immediate full dentures, and partial dentures.
Conventional full dentures require removal of damaged teeth that are still in the mouth. Post-procedure, the patient must heal and will be toothless for several months.
Immediate full dentures are placed right after extraction of all remaining teeth. However, these dentures will need to be readjusted within a few months to accommodate for changes in the jawbone.
Partial dentures are used when patients still have some natural teeth and only need replacement for those that are missing.
They are comprised of a metal frame and secured by natural teeth that may or may not have a crown.
How Do Patients Adjust to New Dentures?
It may take some time to adjust to your dentures, and they often feel bulky or loose at first. Patients also report excessive saliva production, cramping of the tongue, minor irritation, and soreness.
Pain and discomfort should be evaluated by your treating dentist.
It’s important to properly care for dentures in order to maintain their longevity.
Some tips for denture care include:
- Only remove dentures over water or a soft surface to avoid chips and cracks.
- Soak dentures in denture cleansing solution or room temperature water to prevent them from drying out.
- Remove and brush dentures daily.
- Brush tongue and gums every morning before putting your dentures in.
- Follow-up with your prosthodontist at least once a year.
For additional information about dentures, please call Gentle Care Dentists today to schedule an appointment.