What You Need to Know About Dentures
Missing teeth not only affect your smile but can also wear down the surrounding teeth. Several cosmetic treatments are available to replace the teeth as well as correct any dental problems you might have. The problem is, these dental procedures, for example, dental implants, take time to be complete. So, then what happens in between treatments? Well, you get dentures.
Dental dentures are artificial teeth that can be used to replace the missing teeth as you wait for a cosmetic orthodontic treatment. Dentures can be worn by all people, but they are highly recommended for people with swollen, tender, red, and bleeding gums.
A variety of dentures are available, and it is crucial to talk to our dentist in Magnolia for advice on the right type.
Before you get the dentures, here is what you need to know;
1. They are available in different types
The type of denture the dentist uses will largely depend on two things; the state of your dental teeth and the number of teeth missing.
- Full dentures
Full dentures are used to replace a full set of teeth either in the upper or lower jaw. The dentures are curved out of the flesh-colored acrylic base and cover the roof of the mouth and gums. These dentures can’t be installed together with your existing teeth, so the dentist will remove any remaining teeth before fixing them.
- Partial dentures
Partial dentures are ideal for you if you are missing a few teeth. The dentures are attached to the teeth using metal clasps to grip the surrounding natural teeth.
- Complete dentures
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and they are either immediate or conventional.
Conventional dentures are removable and are made after the remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissues have healed. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made before the tooth extraction and placed on your teeth immediately to facilitate healing. They are considered a temporary solution as they need constant adjustment to accommodate the shrinking bone and gum.
- Implant-supported dentures
These are ideal for people who have a few missing teeth and enough jawbone to support the implant.
These overdentures are used for the lower jaw because the conventional dentures tend to come off, although in certain situations they can be fixed in your upper jaw.
Implant-supported dentures adhere to the same denture rules; they need to be removed when and cleaned, and you should not sleep in them.
2. It takes time to get used to the dentures
New dentures take time to get used to and may feel loose in the first couple of days. You may also experience minor soreness and irritation. Furthermore, eating with the dentures may be hard in the first days, and you may have trouble pronouncing some words.
Don’t worry though, these problems will disappear as the tongue and jaw get accustomed to the dentures.
3. You may need to wear them for 24 hours
Our dentist will advise you on how long you should wear the dentures. However, in the first few days, you may need to wear them all the time. It may be uncomfortable, but that is the quickest way to get used to them. Plus, you will be able to tell where the dentures need adjustment.
After the initial phase, you have to remove the dentures while you sleep to allow the gums to rest.
4. Sometimes dentures need adhesive
A denture adhesive may be used if you have a dry mouth—it lessens the denture adherence. The adhesive also provides stability for people who constantly engage their facial muscles such as musicians.
Caring for Your Dentures
As aforementioned, you shouldn’t sleep while wearing dentures. Additionally, you need to cleanse them every day and keep your tongue clean to prevent any bacterial growth. With proper care, dentures can last for long, but they will need readjustment once in a while.
If you are looking for a long term dental solution, dental bridges or implants may be a better solution. At Dentiist Pro Med Spa, we offer different dental treatments to replace your missing teeth. So, call our dentist in Magnolia for an assessment.