Dentures also called false teeth are a removable dental prosthetic device that replaces all or some of your teeth and is supported by the mouth it’s self. It will be up to your dentist if you need full or partial which is something that he will discuss with you on what is best for you and the cost involved.
Conventional Full Dentures – These are the ones that you remove to clean and you receive them once the healing is complete after extracting the original teeth.
Immediate Full Denture — a mold of your mouth is taken before teeth are extracted so that a lab can make them before hands. These differ from the conventional ones as they are place immediately after extraction and must be relined in several mouths.
Partial Dentures — partial dentures use a metal frame with dental implants or bridges whichever is the best for your specific situation.
How do Dentures Work?
Full dentures use an acrylic that is colored to your gums as it fits over them. The upper base denture covers your entire palate (the roof or your mouth). The lower denture is made into the shape of a horseshoe as to accommodate for your tongue. Each set of dentures is custom made in a dental lab from molds taken or your mouth and teeth.
How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
Each person is different and dentures can be uncomfortable and awkward feeling for weeks or even months. The muscle including the tongue has to get use to the device and learn how to hold it in place while eating and talking. Soreness and the feeling that your tongue does not have the room it should are normal.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Over time the dentures may need to be maintenanced by your dentist due to normal wear and possibly completely replaced as the mouth and bones change as you age. Daily cleaning of the dentures is very important as well as continued oral hygiene. Do not let them dry out and you will still need to go for your regular checkups.
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