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by on April 26, 2012

What are dentures?

Also known as false teeth, dentures are replacements for missing or lost teeth and gums. Dentures are removable and need to be taken out for cleaning. Dentures are designed to appear and feel like your natural teeth. There’re two kinds of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. A professionally-trained dental professional can assist you select the kind of denture that is appropriate for you.

Functioning of Dentures

In case of full dentures, an acrylic base that is flesh-coloured fits over the gums. The upper denture’s base covers the mouth’s roof, while the lower denture’s base is horseshoe shaped to fit the tongue.

False teeth are custom-designed in a dental lab from your mouth’s impressions. An experienced dentist will help determine which kind of dentures mentioned below, is appropriate for you:

・ Partial Denture
This kind of denture has a framework of metal which connects to the natural teeth. Crowns are sometimes placed on the natural teeth, acting as anchors for your denture. These types of dentures serve as a removable substitute for dental bridges.

・ Immediate Full Denture

This kind of denture is inserted right after removal of the remaining teeth. A dentist will take measurements and make models of the jaw at the time of a prior visit. Although immediate full dentures provide the benefit of having teeth right away, they should be relined few months after insertion. This is because the bone which supports the teeth reshapes while it heals, making the denture loose.

・ Conventional Full Denture
This kind of denture is inserted in the mouth after the healing of tissue and removal of any remaining teeth. Healing of tissues might take months, making you live without teeth during the healing process.

Getting Used To Dentures
You might have an uncomfortable or awkward feeling in the first few days or months of getting dentures. Speaking and eating with false teeth may require some practice. A loose feeling is very common, while your cheeks and tongue’s muscles hold the dentures in place. Too much flow of saliva, minor soreness, irritation or feeling that your tongue doesn’t have enough room, aren’t also uncommon. In case you suffer from irritation, consult an experienced dentist.

Life Span Of Dentures
With time, the denture must be remade, rebased or relined as a result of normal wear. Remaking means creating a new base keeping the existing denture at the same time. While you age, your mouth also changes naturally. These changes make the dentures to loosen, leading to problems with chewing as well as irritating the gums.

It is very important to schedule appointments with a highly-professional dentist every 6 months.



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