Have you noticed a change in your smile? If dental diseases, injury or aging have caused you to lose one or more of your teeth, then having dentures installed might be the solution to bring back the glory of that smile you used to have.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices which primarily function as replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are made out of a synthetic plastic resin and/or Porcelain, which gives a more natural look and feel.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are made for patients missing most, if not all of their teeth. They are also known as complete dentures or false teeth. The base of a full denture, which simulates gums, is made out of a coloured plastic, while the artificial teeth can be made out of either plastic or porcelain. Dentures can be fixed to your mouth using a force of suction, forming a seal around your real gums and thereby ensuring no food or liquid can get in between. However, dentures can also be fixed using dental implants (All on Four). In most cases, patients will feel some soreness or discomfort after having dentures installed. Do not worry though as it should only take a couple of days to get accustomed to the feel of having dentures. It is worth noting that full denture procedures can vary. There are two kinds of full denture procedures, known as immediate dentures and conventional dentures.
- Immediate dentures are synthesized ahead of time, which allows them to be fixed to a patient’s mouth right after any extra teeth are extracted. Prior to tooth extraction and denture installation, a dentist will record the dimensions of their patient’s mouth and create a mold for the dentures. Immediate dentures are very beneficial in the fact that they prevent patients from being toothless after tooth extraction. Furthermore, immediate dentures protect a patient’s gum tissues and reduce bleeding from a tooth extraction.
- Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are not fixed into a patient’s mouth for a certain period after tooth extraction. These dentures are placed once the patient’s gum tissues and jaw have healed. This process usually takes 8 to 12 weeks after a tooth extraction, however, in some cases it could take longer than that.
These are suitable for patients who have not lost the majority of their teeth, and in the case that their natural teeth are not strong and healthy enough to support a dental bridge. Partial dentures function to plug in gaps caused by missing teeth. As a secondary function, partial dentures also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting or moving. These kinds of dentures are held in place by fasteners, which are fitted around the adjacent natural teeth. This makes partial dentures easily removable and washable.