What is a Denture?

Dentures are one of the most common and cost-effective ways to replace missing teeth. They can replace some or all of your teeth, and be made to look similar to your natural teeth.

A full or partial denture offers a relatively low cost appliance that appeals to a wide range of people.

Many people believe that a denture allows you to do everything that you could with your natural teeth. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Dentures, due to their removable nature, will move in your mouth while they are being used. This can take a lot of getting used to.

How a Denture works

A denture fits over your gums and between any existing teeth. They are custom fit to offer a similar tooth shape and bite alignment as previous natural teeth. A first time denture wearer will generally find them quite uncomfortable but with time, most people learn to adapt to the feel.

Because dentures are built on a plate, your dentist can customize the number and placement of teeth according to your needs. This is especially helpful for people who have lost several teeth that may or may not have been next to each other.

What is involved in getting dentures?

A thorough dental examination is the first step to getting fitted for any dental appliance.

  1. Your dentist examines your gums, remaining teeth, and other soft tissues to ensure that they’re healthy.
  2. He or she takes a casting of your teeth and/or gums to record the correct size and shape of your dentures, as well as the exact spacing and alignment of all new teeth.
  3. Diseased or loose teeth may be removed before the new denture design is finalized.
  4. An “immediate denture” can be placed immediately after tooth extraction, but others may have to wait until the tissues heal completely.
  5. Remaining teeth may have to be slightly modified to better support the new denture without damaging the natural tooth or root.

Follow up appointments to review your dentures

Once the new denture is in place, you must return to your dentist for regular check-ups at recommended intervals.

People with remaining natural teeth should return every six months, while patients with full dentures may only need to be seen once per year.

If you feel any pinching or discomfort in the first few weeks of wearing a newly made or fitted denture, come back to the dentist’s office to have the fit and lining re-examined.

Are dentures right for you?

Good oral health is critical for denture use. If you struggle with gum disease or persistent oral infection, then you may not be able to wear artificial tooth replacements until the problem is fixed.

Denture plates are removable, so they’re relatively easy to clean and modify as needed. If you don’t like how they work or feel, you can always look at other options such as fixed bridges or implants. Under most circumstances, these removable dental appliances are less expensive than implants.

Talk to your dentist about how dentures may work in your unique case. Discuss all of the pros and cons based on your dental history and any existing health issues. The dentist can offer information on all of the existing alternatives, as well as comparative pricing for your area. In most cases, the initial examination is sufficient to answer most questions about how well any tooth replacement option will work for you.

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