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All You Need To Know About Dentures

by Mehr Jan · November 10, 2020

This complete guide tells you all you need to know about dentures. Following are some of the points:

  • Dentures and Its Types
  • How are Dentures Made?
  • Endometriosis – Possible Complications
  • What are the Benefits of Dentures?
  • How Should Dentures Be Used?
  • Denture Adhesives

1.

What are Dentures?

Dentures or full dentures are removable, false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Dentures consist of artificial teeth and gums that can be attached to cover missing teeth or eliminate problems of gap in your teeth.
The gaps in your teeth also cause problems in your speech, chewing etc. and disturb the alignment of other teeth. The condition of your teeth may decide what type of dentures you might need as tooth decay is the major issue it tackles.
These dentures may help you correct any issues with speech or eating food that were caused by your natural teeth. There might be some issues with eating certain types of food with missing teeth. Dentures help you get rid of this feeling and improve eating habits. They also take care of bad breath.
They can also improve the alignment of your teeth if you use dentures for all your teeth and help you to avoid gum disease.

dentures cover missing teeth

Types of Dentures:

There are two type of dentures including those that cover your teeth or partially; they differ based on the area they cover in your mouth.

Complete Dentures:

These dentures cover all of your teeth upper or lower jaw.

These are called conventional because they are the most common. Once the teeth are removed and the underlining gum tissue is healing, this is when the conventional dentures are placed. It is usually done between 8-12 weeks after the teeth removal process is done.

Another complete denture used is the ‘immediate’ dentures. These are called so because they are created in advance and these are put into the rightful position as soon as the teeth have been removed. This is usually preferred so that a person doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing time period. It helps to keep a person’s self-confidence intact.

Partial Dentures:

These are only used when one tooth or more is missing and only that area is covered by your dentures.

This is a bridge which is made by connecting a metal framework that aims to keep the denture properly intact in place. It is the preferred treatment when you just need to have a few teeth placed as there are already many natural teeth already intact in place. The partial denture is used to fill in the missing spaces. And one of its major benefits is that it helps in preventing from the other teeth to get affected from the changing position. How it works is that this partial denture has internal attachments. It is also easy to remove. It is preferred for being more natural-looking.

Immediate Dentures:

These dentures are fitted right after tooth extraction and remain on your teeth during the healing process i.e. up to six months. These dentures can be removed and replaced with permanent ones when your jaw is healed after extraction.

Overdentures:

Overdentures can be fitted over implants or roots of your natural teeth. They are more comfortable than other types and can be used if other types cause discomfort.

Implant-Supported Dentures:

Dental implant, which is basically artificial root for your teeth fixed into your jawbone, is what supports these dentures. Other than that, they are to be similarly taken care of as traditional dentures.

2.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

dentures are made of plastic and porcelain

Dentures used to be made out of plastic or porcelain in the past. Nowadays, they are made of hard resin. These materials can chip, crack or wear down over time. Therefore, it is recommended that you replace your dentures very five years.
Along with teeth, the gum line is also made to resemble real gums so that they don’t out of place but also keep the teeth in place.

How Are Dentures Made?

Your dentist is responsible for making your dentures based on your teeth structure. The dentists take impressions of your jaw and teeth. These impressions are then used to create molds out of plastic or wax. It is, then, used to make the final denture.

3.

Benefits of Dentures:

The dentures provide many benefits which make them quite a popular choice of corrective treatment to your oral health.

  • Dentures help improve your speech
  • They help chewing and eating your food.
  • They are easily removable. They can be worn and removed according to your preference. It also helps them keeping it clean.
  • Compared to other methods, this is a cheaper option for replacing missing tooth.
  • They help improve appearance of your teeth and bring out your smile.
  • They support your facial muscles. Loss of a tooth can change your facial structure. Dentures make sure your teeth are replaced so that your facial structure is preserved and leads to no sagging.
  • They provide a natural looking appearance and don’t alter your smile.
  • Along with the appearance, dentures also improve alignment of your teeth if used on all the teeth on upper or lower jaw i.e. complete denture.

Are There Any Alternatives to Dentures?

There are other solutions to solving the problem of missing teeth. Dental implants and bridges work the same way. The replacements in these cases are very similar to natural teeth. However, these processes are quite expensive as compared to dentures.
Dental implants are more commonly being used as alternatives, but they are not suitable for everyone. You need expert medical advice to decide if implants are the best option for you. Dentures, on the other hand, are quite adaptable to all kinds of teeth structures and conditions.

4.

How Should Dentures Be Used?

Following are some important questions that provide information regarding usage of dentures.

How Many Hours a Day Should You Wear Your Dentures?

At the beginning, you might be advised by your dentist to wear your dentures 24 hours a day. They might need to do certain adjustments according to how dentures fit in your mouth Once these are done, you are free to take them out at night before you sleep and back in the next day.

wear dentures 24 hours a day

How Do You Feel Putting New Dentures in Your Mouth?

At the beginning, it might be a little uncomfortable to place and remove your dentures. They might also be a little loose when you put in first but as your mouth and its muscles adjust to its presence, it will get better.
Your mouth might also be stimulated to produce more saliva. You might feel irritated by dentures or feel discomfort. As your mouth settles down and gets used to dentures, it all goes away.

How to Keep Your Mouth and Dentures Clean?

It is imperative that you take extra care to keep your mouth as well as dentures clean daily. You should brush your teeth, clean your tongue and roof of your mouth daily to remove any plaque buildup. It also helps stimulate circulation in your tissues.
Just like your mouth, plaque may build up in your dentures. Your dentures also need to be cleaned properly. You should rinse and brush your dentures daily. Try using a toothbrush with soft bristles or a denture brush to clean all surfaces gently. You should take great care to keep your dentures submerged in water when not in use.

Do Dentures Make Me Look Different?

Dentures are one of the most popular and regular dental treatments these days on the basis of how natural they look. They are created in such a way so that they closely resemble your own natural teeth and feel organic and original. In fact they are known to give a very small change in appearance. They serve their purpose well- allowing you to have an improved and more confident smile. It’s an investment you definitely can’t go wrong in. It will help to give a major boost to your facial expression.

How to Take Care of Dentures for Longevity?

Keep in mind to remove your dentures at night and submerge them in water or denture cleaning solution to prevent them from drying out.
Make sure to steer clear of any brush or cleaner that might be abrasive to the materials used in dentures or use a denture brush. Adapt these simple tips that will ensure that your dentures last a long-time. The durability is highly effective when you know how dentures can last a very long time. It’s in your hands too.

Do Your Eating Habits Change with Dentures?

At the beginning, you should eat soft foods and chew slowly. Sticky foods like chewing gums might get stuck in your dentures so avoid eating them. As time passes, it becomes easier to eat different kinds of foods. Your diet in the start matters a lot. Make sure you consume food and beverages that will help in keeping the adhesive-characteristic of your dentures in place.

5.

What are Denture Adhesives?

adhesives help to keep dentures in place
Denture adhesives are pastes or powder that are needed by people whose dentures do not fit them well. These adhesives help dentures stay in place. Shrinking bones and gaps caused are filled by denture adhesives in order to counter fitting problems of dentures.
Denture adhesives enhance stability and comfort of dentures in a patient’s mouth. There are two types of denture adhesives: paste and powder applications. Some people consider powder application easy to use as excess powder is easier to remove than paste after application.

How to Apply Denture Adhesives?

Some important information to keep in mind while applying denture adhesives are as follows:
A little amount of denture adhesive goes a long way; especially true for paste application. Power application are easier to remove if excess. Adjust the quantity of adhesive while applying especially on the surface of the denture.
Apply it evenly on the tissue where your denture is placed to keep it in its place.
Clean your denture before the application of adhesive.

Are Dentures Worth it?

Dentures improve the condition of your teeth and teeth structure in an inexpensive way. If you have a missing tooth, dentures is what you need. This guide provides you with information about how and when you need dentures. There are other options as well but keep in mind to ask for your doctor’s opinion before going forward with any procedure.

At Al-Qudrah Centre, our team of experts provide a complete consultation session on the kind of services we can provide for you. We will look into your complete medical history, looking into any past medical procedures done that will allow us to create an action plan that works for you.

We have years of experience and complete know-how on the latest developments and technologically advancement that has come with dentures experience. Book an appointment to know more on what can be done for you.

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