A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.
Dentures are devices and their main purpose is to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth. They are also called false teeth but they are always made in a way that they look just like your natural teeth once fitted into the mouth. Complete dentures are when all of your teeth are missing and must be replaced by the dentures and partial dentures are only for some of the missing teeth and not all. There are different methods and mechanisms used for fixing the dentures in the mouths of the patients. Dentures serve the esthetic purpose as well as allow patients to chew when they don’t have natural teeth anymore. Complete dentures have been divided in two different categories: immediate and conventional. Conventional method requires the gums to heal before the replacements can be put into the mouth and immediate goes the opposite way and the teeth are put in place as soon as the natural teeth have been removed.
The healing process and shrinking of the tissues keep the dentures in place. Dentures are one of the most reliable and durable ways of replacing the missing teeth but still they require replacements and visits to the dentist’s clinic for readjustments in future.
Reasons for dentures:
- When you have lost all or some of your teeth
- For the enhancement of your oral tissues and smile
- To allow you to chew your food and speak flawlessly
What does getting dentures involve?
Frequent and regular visits must be made to the clinic in order to complete the dentures’ process. The removal of teeth, the healing process and fixing of new dentures are all different phases of the entire process. Before the dentures are fixed by the dentist, he/she will check them quite a few times to ensure they are a perfect fit for the patient. The final results should be most comfortable and must allow you to chew and bite your food asyou normally did with your natural teeth. If you have trouble in speaking properly or biting your food right after having the treatment, don’t worry because that’s normal. You might even feel that you are having a lot of saliva in your mouth. After a few weeks, you will be back to normal. Whatever additional instructions are needed to ensure the longevity of your dentures, will be given by the doctor on your last appointment. Learn more about Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery