When a person has lost all of his or her teeth, dentures come in handy. These devices are placed into the mouth to help with chewing and to create a normal appearance. Dentures are not permanent fixtures. They can be removed each night and cleaned. Dentures come in complete sets or partials, which replace only a few teeth.
A full set of dentures is usually crafted from a plastic base that appears like real gums. This base holds the plastic or porcelain reproduction teeth. The set is held in the mouth through suction that forms a seal with the gums. It is common to use denture cream adhesives as well. In certain cases, dentures are attached to dental implants in the jaw bone.
How are Dentures Formed?
After teeth are extracted, sockets begin to fill with bone, and gum tissue heals. This takes a few months to reach a stable shape. At this time, it is possible to begin fitting the mouth for dentures.
A dentist will make a series of molds that represent the gum line used to support the devices. These molds are the basis for creating teeth that fit well and appear natural. A dentist will carefully establish a proper bite so that the dentures are functional. Even after the dentures are completed, a patient may need to return for a few adjustments.
Sometimes, a person is not willing to wait over a month to receive new teeth. Immediate dentures are dental devices crafted before teeth are pulled so that they are available for immediate placement following extraction. Since the gums are swollen, the fit is not as good as with dentures created after proper healing. Many times, immediate dentures are best used as temporary fills until a set of conventional dentures can be made.
< h3 >Getting Used to Dentures: Dentures are often undetectable, but they require some getting used to in the mouth. In the beginning, increased saliva production is normal. However, it will decrease with time.
Eating requires practice as well. It is smart to begin consuming soft foods that do not stick to the teeth. After the tongue and cheeks become accustomed to the dentures, they will help keep everything in place.
At first, speaking with dentures may be tricky. However, repetition makes things easier. If dentures constantly feel loose, it may be necessary to have them readjusted.
< h3 >Caring for Dentures: It is important to use care when handling dentures. When not in the mouth, they should be stored in a container of cool water. Each day, it is important to clean them with soap, water, and a soft toothbrush.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
When properly maintained, dentures should last at least five years. As time passes, bone shrinks and causes dentures to loosen. A dentist may be able to refit and fill the internal surface of dentures to elongate their useful life. When small fractures occur, repairs may take a few days. Also, there are kits available to help fix minor problems at home.
Hoffman Dental helps patients achieve aesthetically pleasing smiles. Looking good helps people feel good. For more information about available dental services, call the office today.