For people who have lost teeth or had them removed due to disease or injury, dentures help restore both their smile and their confidence.
However, it can also be a little anxiety-inducing if you’re not quite sure what to expect.
If you’re considering getting full or partial dentures for the first time, then you’ve landed in the right place. Here’s what you need to know to ease your fears and help you make the right decision.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures or false teeth are man-made, removable replacements for missing teeth.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are custom-made from impressions of your mouth and manufactured in a dental laboratory. Both the teeth and gums are color-matched to your mouth to create a natural appearance.
Your denturist will decide which of the following types of dentures is the most suitable for you:
Conventional Full Denture
Once all the remaining natural teeth are extracted and the surrounding tissues have healed completely, a conventional full denture is fitted in order to support the structure of your mouth. This will be a removable apparatus that will completely replace your teeth; you will have no natural teeth remaining.
It’s important to note that since healing takes some time, you might have to live without teeth for some time while your mouth heals if you choose this option.
Immediate Full Denture
This type of denture is placed in your mouth immediately after all existing teeth have been removed. Although immediate full dentures come with the benefit of never having to be toothless, they do need to be relined regularly after insertion, and may not have as good of a fit as a conventional full denture.
This is because the jaw bone that supports the teeth reshapes during the healing period and causes the denture to lose its fit.
A partial denture is a replacement for one or several teeth – but not a whole set. Partial dentures typically rest on a metal base attached to your natural teeth. They act as a removable alternative to tooth bridges, which are commonly used to cover a space left after losing a tooth.
A Guide to Your Dental Procedure
As a first-time denture wearer, the idea of getting a dental procedure done for the installation of a set of replacement teeth might be a tad intimidating. However, understanding the process can help to ease your anxiety.
Measurements & Mouth Impressions
First, your denturist will take quite a few measurements, impressions, and a casting model of your mouth. All of this is to make sure that dentures are a perfect fit to your mouth’s structure.
If indicated, your dental professional may consider extracting a tooth or two. This will likely happen before the final measurements and impressions.
Picking Your Shade
Once all the impressions have been taken, you will select the color of teeth that you would like to have on your dentures. The denturist will assist you in picking the color best suited to your needs, based on your gums, remaining teeth, and age.
Fitting the Dentures
After the dentures have been manufactured, you will be called into the clinic for them to be fitted in your mouth.
The denturist will place the appliance in your mouth and make adjustments if needed. You might need to go in again for a little more fine-tuning after the initial fitting to get rid of any potential sore spots.
Adjusting to the New Teeth
In the beginning, you will likely experience some discomfort as your mouth adjusts to your new dentures. This is normal – common symptoms are increased saliva, soreness, and a burning sensation in the mouth. It may also be difficult to eat and speak properly. However, these feelings are temporary and with your denturist’s expert advice, your dentures will soon begin to feel natural – just like your own teeth!
Located near Everett, WA, and want to know more about dentures and what type is best for you? Contact European Denture Center today at 425-230-3010 for a free consultation and see how we can help!