Dentures – Still a tooth replacement option?
Everyone has probably seen or heard of false teeth, known as dentures but what are they exactly, and are they still a tooth replacement alternative? The answer is yes….
What are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
How do Dentures Work?
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
Improved appearance: Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably an make you feel more confident.
Cost effective– If you’re considering tooth replacement and need a less expensive alternative then dental implants then dentures might be right for you.
What kinds of Dentures are there?
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. We will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
There are two main types of dentures-Conventional Full Dentures and Partial Dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures: are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
Partial Dentures: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Can I get my teeth pulled and dentures in the same day?
Immediate Dentures- are those placed the same day as the appointment with the dentist. They can be full or partial dentures and are inserted immediately following the extraction of the natural teeth. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted as the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
Are dentures painful?
They can be at first while you become accustomed to them.
How long will new dentures hurt?
Usually it takes about 30 days to get used to wearing dentures, learning to speak and eat differently. Expect some soreness at first, especially if you’ve had tooth extractions. Once your tongue and cheek muscles adapt to holding your dentures in place this will pass. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, make an appointment to discuss your options.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Like real teeth, you will need to maintain your dentures. Your mouth shape also changes as you age, and these changes can cause dentures to become loose. In this case and after some wear and tear, a denture may need to be relined, remade, or rebased. Rebasing allows you to keep the existing denture teeth while a new base is made. An annual check-up and evaluation is recommended.
How do I care for my dentures?
Here are tips for caring for your dentures as outlined on Colgate.com:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
- Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair.
Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult us for advice if you’re unsure what’s right for you.