Direct Denture – All About Dentures
Dentures are a removable replacement for one or more missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. Even though dentures can never completely replace one’s natural teeth and can take some time to get used to, with today’s technology and advancements in dental care, dentures are looking more natural and are more comfortable than ever before.
There are two types of dentures that are most commonly used: full dentures and partial dentures.
Partial dentures are used when there are a few natural teeth that remain, while complete dentures, on the other hand, are used when the patient is missing all of their natural teeth.
Your dentist will help you make the best and most informed decision about the type of dentures that are best suited to you, if any or all of your teeth need to be replaced and the associated costs that are involved.
What are dentures and how do they work?
Dentures are artificial teeth that have been bonded to an acrylic base, that is usually flesh-coloured, and is moulded to fit over your gums and replicate the look of a full set of teeth.
The acrylic base of upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, while lower dentures are specially created to accommodate your tongue and as a result, the base is shaped like a horseshoe.
All dentures are custom made by expert dentists in a laboratory for each individual patient. An impression is taken of your mouth to ensure the perfect fit. There are three types of dentures that are available, and your dentist will help you to describe which is the best-suited option for you.
Conventional Full Denture
Conventional full dentures are only placed into the mouth once all remaining natural teeth have been removed and the surrounding tissue has had ample time to fully heal. The one drawback of this type of denture treatment is that the healing process can take several months. During this time, you will be left without teeth at all.
Immediate Full Denture
Immediate Full Dentures are placed into the immediately after all remaining natural teeth have been removed from the mouth. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and make models of your jaw before the removal of your teeth.
While Immediate Full Dentures offer patients the benefit of not having to go without teeth during the healing process, you will be expected to reline the dentures every few months once they have been inserted. This is because as the mouth begins to heal, the bone that supports the teeth will begin to shift and reshape. This will cause the dentures to become loose and not provide a secure fit.
Partial dentures are artificial teeth that rest on a metal base and is attached to your existing natural teeth. In some cases, crowns are placed on some of the natural teeth to act as anchors to hold the dentures into place.Partial dentures are a removable alternative to bridges.
How long does it take to get used to Dentures?
Dental patients who receive dentures may experience discomfort for the first few weeks, or even months, while they get used to them being positioned in the mouth. Learning to eat and speak with dentures usually takes some time and practise until you feel that you are able to do so freely.
Experiencing bulkiness or a loose fitting denture is extremely common as the muscles in your face, cheeks and tongue learn to naturally hold the dentures in your mouth and in place. Some patients also encounter an excessive amount of saliva flow or feel as though that their tongue does not have adequate room in their mouth, however, this is not unusual and your muscles will gradually learn to readapt to support the dentures.
How long do Dentures last?
Due to natural wear and tear, dentures will need to be relined, remade or rebased. Rebasing is when the existing teeth remain the same, however, a new base is made.
It is important to note that as we age, the mouth will naturally change shape. It is because of this that dentures can become loose, which makes eating and speaking difficult, and can even irritate the gums. It is advised that you visit your dentist at least once a year for an overall checkup and to monitor your dentures.
Tips for caring for your Dentures:
Here are tips for caring for your dentures:
- Dentures are extremely delicate and are prone to breaking when dropped. When inserting, removing and handling your dentures, stand over a basin to reduce the fall, or over a folded towel to soften the landing should an accident occur.
- It is important that you do not let your dentures completely dry out. When you are not using the dentures, place them in a soaking solution made for dentures, or in regular, room temperature water. NEVER use hot water as this can cause them to warp and become misshapen.
- Brush and clean your dentures daily. This will not only remove the food debris and plaque that has built up throughout the day, but it also prevents them from becoming stained so that they can last you for longer.
Before placing the dentures into your mouth each day, remember to brush your gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth and cheeks with a soft bristled brush. This will not only remove plaque which allows you to achieve optimum oral health, but it will promote blood circulation.
- Should you experience a break, chip, crack or the dentures simply become loose over time, seek the help of your dentist. Do not attempt to repair them yourself as this can cause greater, more permanent damage to the dentures.
If you are thinking about dentures and want to achieve the best results, then get in touch with Direct Denture Care today and receive quality dentures. Simply call us to book an appointment or to request more information about your oral health.