What is a Denture ?
Tooth loss can occur for several reasons such as periodontal disease, decay or trauma. It is important that you have regular check ups with your dentist and that you have any missing teeth replaced as soon as you possibly can to prevent any excess wear to existing teeth in the long terms. A denture is a removable artificial tooth or set of teeth that replaces missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw or both in the most severe cases of tooth loss.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years. With advances in dental technology and the use of the latest dental materials dentures can be made to look and feel like your own natural teeth.
What Types Of Dentures Are There ?
Dentures are generally fabricated from acrylic resins. With advances in modern cosmetic dentistry there are a wide variety of materials available for dentures.
If you are missing all of your teeth then a complete set of upper and lower dentures is used to replace them. It may well be easier to remove one or two remaining teeth to allow a complete set of dentures to be worn. However if only a few of the teeth need replacing then in many cases your cosmetic dentist may be able to fit a partial denture / overdenture. The fitting of a partial / over dentures can prevent your existing healthy teeth from moving into the gaps following the tooth loss because of either decay or an accident.
The first thing your cosmetic dentist will do at your initial meeting will be to examine your mouth and gums to decide your suitability for having dentures fitted. If you have a few existing teeth it may be that some of your existing teeth may need to be removed first. If this is the case your cosmetic dentist will explain the reasons why your teeth need removing before proceeds to the impression stage of the treatment.
The extraction of any any teeth can usually take place at your initial appointment. The last stage of your denture treatment is for your cosmetic dentist to create a mould of your gums using a special dental material specifically for this purpose. The mould will then be used as a guide to custom create your dentures to fit your mouth and gums perfectly. It is important to make sure your denture fit correctly at this stage as incorrectly fited dentures can cause many problems including discomfort and difficulty eating food.
How do i care for my Dentures ?
Even though you no longer have natural teeth, you must still take good care of your mouth. Plaque will form on your denture and food can get trapped between the denture and your gum tissue. After each meal, remove your dentures and, using a soft toothbrush, brush your gums, your tongue, and all sides of the denture. Here are a few helpful hints about caring for your dentures: Dentures are fragile and can break if dropped. It is a good idea to clean your dentures over a sink filled with a few inches of water, or a folded towel laid over the counter top.
Dentures may warp if they dry out. When your denture is not in your mouth, be sure to store it in a denture bath filled with denture cleaner or water.
Denture adhesive may be used to assist the retention of your denture, but should not be used with a poorly fitting denture. Poorly fitting dentures should be relined or replaced.
Will I be able to eat with my Dentures ?
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
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