Dentures are used when a person is missing one or more teeth. Due to having missing teeth, the person may become much less confident in their smile, having a difficult time eating certain foods and problems pronouncing certain words. The dentures are a type of prosthetic appliance that is custom made to replace the individuals missing teeth, while restoring their appearance, as well as their oral functions that have been lost. Dentures can be either full or partial, depending on an individual’s needs.
There are two basic types of dentures, designed for individuals with different teeth replacement needs. There are also the option of snap on dentures if you are interested.
A set of complete dentures is typically used by a dentist when an individual needs a full set of replacement teeth. These dentures are created from a plastic base that is colored in a way to replicate the gum tissue, while support a complete set of porcelain or plastic teeth.
When your dentist suggests partial dentures, these will be used to replace one or several missing teeth, but used when a patient does not need a full set. The partials are held in their proper position with clasps and will rest around the person’s natural teeth.
Who are Dentures For?
Dentures are the ideal solution for anyone who is missing one or more teeth and seeking a way to restore their smile and appearance. It is important for your dentist to evaluate the condition of your jaw to ensure that your gums and bone structure will support the dentist. In some situations you may require oral surgery to restore bone density to ensure the dentures remain stable.
How Dentures Work
A complete set of dentures are created when your gums and jawbone have been completely restored to a healthy condition and there has been sufficient time for proper healing. Dentures are able to be placed in the top, as well as the bottom jaws. The first step in receiving your dentures is for your dentist to take a mold of your mouth. This is used to create the prosthetic. Once the dentures have been created, some adjustments may have to be made to ensure they fit snugly in your mouth.
What to Expect from the Denture Process
Having dentures created for one or more missing teeth will require an evaluation of your current oral health and in some cases oral surgery. You will also have to have a mold made of your mouth. If there are no serious issues present, your dentist can have your molds created and dentures made for you within a few weeks of your first appointment. In some cases, implants can be used along with the Dentures in order to help and secure them, and in a number of cases can secure a hybrid denture permanently into the mouth that does not have to be removed. This will drastically reduce the size of the denture and increase the comfort and ease of use for patients.
Dentures provide a great way for anyone with one or missing teeth to restore their smile and confidence. In most cases, the procedure is fairly painless and will provide a great looking way to help and give back confidence and the ability to eat and speak clearly and easily with a simple prosthetic device.