Replacing your missing teeth is paramount to your oral health. Having gaps in your gum not only affects your appearance but also damages the supporting bone. The surrounding teeth can shift to the available spaces and start to weaken. Furthermore, the alveolar bone begins to get reabsorbed in the body, which further weakens the teeth.
Luckily, several dental treatments are available that can help replace the missing teeth. Dental dentures are one of the ideal solutions if you have multiple or all teeth missing.
Dentures are false teeth and gums that are customized to fit your dental structure. These artificial teeth are made from hard resin that is curved to fit your precise bite and pattern. They have a supporting structure that resembles your gums.
The dentures used are determined by the number of teeth missing. We have partial and full dentures:
These are used on people who have more than half of all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw. The dentures are further classified into two—immediate and complete dentures.
Immediate dental dentures are prefabricated at the dental office. These dentures are fixed immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed. They are convenient as you will not go without teeth during the healing process.
However, because of their nature, immediate dentures are used as a temporary measure. As the gums heal, the jaw will shrink making the dentures to get weak.
Complete dentures, on the other hand, are more permanent. They are created after the gums have healed. These dentures are created in the lab using your unique dental impression.
Partial dentures are used when you have a few teeth missing, and your remaining teeth are healthy. These dentures are made to resemble your teeth. But, have a metal clasp for support. The dentures use your existing teeth as an anchor.
A Prosthodontist will examine your jaw and create the dentures. Prosthodontists are dental specialists who specialize in making and fitting artificial teeth.
Making dentures requires a few weeks and several appointments.
New dentures will feel a little odd for a few weeks until your gums and tongue get used to them. You may also feel mild soreness and irritation in the first days. The soreness clears out without treatment. However, if the pain continues, visit dental clinic dentures near you for assessment. Here are a few tips on how to get used to dentures:
How you care for your dentures will determine how long they last.
Visit Mi Casa Dental for more information on dentures and how they can benefit you.