What are Dentures?

Dentures are detachable replacement for teeth and gum tissues. They are used for individuals who have lost their teeth. Good quality artificial teeth are fabricated from acrylic resins. Various grades of acrylic are used. The flesh coloured pink portion that replicates the gums is constructed from acrylic, as well. In some cases the artificial teeth are made from porcelain, which is a tough material. However, replacement teeth fabricated from porcelain may chip, if the person wearing them bites into a particularly hard food item.

Types of Dentures

The different categories are detailed below.

Complete Dentures – The complete variety consists of a full set of replacement teeth and may be of two forms. These are immediate or conventional. The immediate variety is placed within the jaws on the day, the last of the teeth are extracted by the dentist. Your dentist has the dentures ready for you by having taken measurements of your jaws on a prior visit to him. The immediate variety is a temporary arrangement and the structures may need to be remade after the gums heal completely.
On the other hand, the conventional type is inserted when the tissues have healed after the extraction of all the teeth. A healing period of eight to twelve weeks is allowed before the insertion of the artificial teeth.

Partial Dentures – As the name suggests, partial dentures are used when some of the teeth are lost. These are held in place by a metal framework. They fill in the gaps produced by the missing teeth. In addition, they help keep the remaining teeth in place.

Getting the Dentures Made
Your dentist will take measurements of your jaws and create a wax model of the dentures to be made. You will be made to try this model and the procedure will be repeated until you feel absolutely comfortable with the model in your jaws. The real set of the replacement teeth will then be cast from acrylic resin or porcelain. Final adjustments will be made as required.

Adjusting to the New Teeth
You may find it awkward to use the new dentures, initially. Your tongue and cheek muscles need to adjust to them. A slight soreness in the mouth is expected. Additionally, controlling saliva may be an issue. It is expected that these problems should disappear within a few weeks. Consult your dentist, if the problems persist. Additional adjustments may be needed.

Taking Care of your New Teeth

Rinse your mouth frequently and after each meal. Use a soft brush to clean the dentures. If you do not intend to wear them for a while, immerse them in water to prevent deformation and drying of the material.

Some Safety Measures
Avoid having very hard, sharp-edged or sticky foods. It is advisable to take off the dentures before going to sleep to allow the gums to rest for a while.

Benefits of Using Dentures

Facilitates Chewing – The artificial teeth are hardy enough for chewing most kinds of food. You will be able to enjoy most of your favourite items.
Restores your Looks – The dentures fill out your cheeks and bring back your looks. The evenly placed teeth may even enhance your smile. The restoration of your looks increases your self confidence.

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