If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, you may also have issues biting, chewing and smiling with confidence. Traditional dentures could be the right solution for you! This removable dental appliance is held in place by the remaining jawbone and gum tissue of a patient’s dental arch. Dentures can restore the upper and lower dental arch, while improving oral health.
Compared to implant supported dentures, traditional dentures must be removed for cleaning and sleeping. Are you a good candidate for partial or complete dentures?
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Partial dentures are recommended when only some teeth are missing. Attached to a plastic base that matches your gums, a partial denture is connected to a metal framework to hold it in place. A partial denture fills in the gaps and prevents your natural teeth from moving.
Complete dentures are recommended when all teeth are missing. There are two types of complete dentures, conventional and immediate. After your teeth have been removed and the gum tissue starts to heal, conventional dentures can be placed in your mouth after 8 to 12 weeks.
Immediate dentures can be made in advance and positioned right after tooth removal, so the patient is not without teeth while healing. Yet, as bones and gums can shrink during the recovery process, immediate dentures often require more adjustments. For this reason, they are often a temporary solution until conventional dentures are ready.
How Dentures Are Made
When a dentist determines the right type of dentures for you, the process takes several weeks and appointments. In general, the steps for tooth replacement include:
- Measuring and making impressions of the jaw
- Creating models of the shape and position of the dentures
- Testing the models to assess its color, shape and fit
- Casting the final partial or complete denture
- Making any necessary adjustments for the best fit
Benefits of Traditional Dentures
Dentures are a great tooth-replacement option when all or most of your teeth are missing. Advantages of the traditional variety include:
- Affordable compared to dental implants and bridges
- The process only takes a few weeks
- They can be removed whenever you want
- Lightweight, natural appearance
- Prevent cheek sagging and other side effects of missing teeth
- Support facial muscles and can improve speech
The downside of traditional dentures is their special care requirements. For retention, stability and security, a paste or powder dental adhesive may be needed, which can be messy. Traditional dentures also cannot be worn while you sleep. They should be kept in a glass of water or a denture cleaning solution at night.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Your dentures will closely resemble your natural teeth, so you will not see a noticeable change in your appearance! They may feel loose or foreign in your mouth at first but after a few weeks, your mouth will learn how to keep them comfortably in place.
Minor irritation or soreness is not unusual but if the discomfort persists after a few days, schedule an appointment to see if any adjustments are needed. Eating may feel uncomfortable as you get used to wearing dentures. Begin with soft foods cut in small pieces, chew slowly and use both sides of your mouth. Also be cautious with hard and sticky foods. Chewing gum should be avoided.
Due to age-related changes and general wear and tear, your dentures may loosen over time and need to be replaced. On average, dentures can last 5 to 7 years with proper care:
- Brush your teeth after eating and floss at least once a day
- Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to remove any missed particles
- Visit the dentist at least once a year to have your dentures checked and adjusted
To learn more about Traditional Dentures, contact Smile Dental Center today!