Dentures or false teeth are designed to replace lost or missing teeth. Traditionally people who wear dentures have found them uncomfortable, but today’s advances in dentistry mean they are more stable and natural-looking than ever. In this article, we will answer the question ‘how do dentures work’ and why you might consider them as a tooth replacement.
Different Types Of False Teeth
If you wear dentures, you have the choice between a partial or a full prosthesis. Partials are worn when you are only missing one or a few teeth, while full or complete dentures are designed to replace an entire arch.
How Do Dentures Work To Replace Teeth?
A denture consists of an acrylic base that is flesh-coloured. It has false teeth attached to it. The base of a top denture fits over the roof of your mouth, while a lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe. Fixed dentures are not removable and can only be taken out by your dentist.
With a partial denture, a metal frame is attached to your natural teeth, and the false teeth are positioned to fill in the gaps. Sometimes it is necessary to add dental crowns to the prosthesis to give it more flexibility. Partials are removable and can be taken out for cleaning.
How Do Dentures Work: Fitting And Creating Them
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth, and the prosthesis is made to measure the exact contours of your oral cavity. Because each prosthesis is custom-made, it can take a few weeks to engineer them. Your dentist may fit immediate dentures while you wait for yours to be finished.
What Does It Feel Like To Wear Dentures?
Each person has a different experience when they wear dentures. It will take a few weeks to get used to the new sensation. Chewing and speaking will take some adjustment in the initial stages.
It’s a good idea to start off with soft foods when you first wear dentures. Cut your food into small pieces and chew it slowly as you get used to the sensation.
Practice speaking with your new prosthesis. Reading out loud gives you a chance to get used to making different phonetics and gives you a chance to regain confidence.
In the first few weeks, it is normal to experience some discomfort as your gums get used to your new false teeth. You must take your dentures out overnight to give your soft tissue a chance to heal.
Because they are brittle and need to maintain flexibility, dentures must be soaked overnight. You can use a glass of water to store them in or soak them in denture soak as part of your care routine to remove calcified plaque.
Ultimately full and partial dentures do the work of missing teeth. They restore your mouth to full form and functionality, allowing you to eat comfortably and speak with confidence. They also restore facial harmony if you have volume loss.
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