What to Expect When You Get Dentures
Many people don’t think losing one tooth is a big deal, but what if you have four missing teeth? Or worse, what if all your teeth are missing? This is where dentures can become real lifesavers. They restore the beauty of your smile and functionality of your teeth and gums. However, many patients are hesitant about this procedure, especially if they have some natural teeth remaining. Let us help you put those worries aside. If you plan to get dentures, or are merely curious about them, here are the things you should expect.
Do You Really Need Dentures?
Missing teeth can impact several aspects of your life, not just your dental health. First, your cheeks will change shape and droop, especially if you lose your molars. This can make you look older and get wrinkles faster because you don’t have teeth that support your facial muscles and skin. Second, your smile will look awkward and you will lose confidence in it if you lose any prominent teeth. Third, your bite will be less powerful and some of the foods you most enjoy may be harder to chew and subsequently digest. Fourth, it impacts your speech because the teeth play a vital role in pronunciation, particularly in making specific alphabet sounds like “S”, “T”, “V” and “Z.”
Getting dentures will restore or make these aspects of your life easier. Although the mouthfeel and general sensation of having false teeth is very different from natural ones, it’s much better than having no teeth at all. Wearing dentures improves your nutrition, appearance, speech and self-esteem. Dentures are durable and made of biocompatible materials that last a lifetime.
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in two types — complete and partial. Complete dentures cover the whole dental arch and replace all the teeth in either or both mandible (lower jaw) and maxilla (upper jaw). When you get complete dentures, the dentist will need to extract remaining teeth so the appliance fits properly. However, the dentist will choose this option only if you have a few teeth remaining and they aren’t worth saving, especially if they are decayed.
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. These appliances overlap with your healthy teeth, eliminating the need for extraction and salvaging natural tooth mass. Using partial dentures is beneficial because you keep the size of the gap between teeth normal and also prevent crookedness or other teeth shifting out of place.
How to Get Dentures
If you are planning to get dentures, expect to visit our clinic multiple times before getting the completed prosthesis. Here are the steps in getting dentures from Rana Dental:
Our dentist will plan how the dentures will look and how technicians should construct them.
The dentist then measures your jaw at all angles and creates an impression to send to the lab and ensure a proper fit.
The dentist will fit a model of your teeth and jaw over your existing teeth or gums multiple times and modify it until he or she achieves the best possible appearance, fit and size.
Once he or she finds the best fit, the dentist sends the model to a laboratory where techs fabricate a real dental prosthesis.
When the actual dentures arrive, you will first fit them and see how they look. If changes are necessary, the dentist will make adjustments until you are satisfied and comfortable.
Cost of Dentures
Because of the complexity and variety of dentures, it is difficult to provide an exact price for them. The best way to determine the cost is by getting an official assessment from our dentist. A quotation will be made based on your current dental condition, number of missing teeth and type of denture you want to get.
Caring for Dentures
Once you have your dentures, you need to take care of them and use them properly. Here are a few reminders to make your dentures last a lifetime:
Brush them like normal teeth. However, instead of brushing them in the mouth, take them off and use a soft-bristled brush with normal toothpaste to brush them. Rinse them thoroughly and soak them in a water-filled glass when you’re not wearing them.
Clean your mouth. If you still have normal teeth, brush them as usual without the dentures on. If you have no teeth at all, clean your gums using a soft toothbrush or piece of cloth. Make sure you clean all the corners of your mouth as well as your tongue. By keeping your mouth clean, you also keep your dentures clean when you wear them.
You may use adhesives but use them properly. Adhesives keep dentures from falling out of place. Different types of denture adhesives are available, but whatever type you use, make sure you read the instructions carefully and remove the adhesive before you soak the dentures in water.