Dentures are replacement teeth that are removable. They replace not only the teeth that are missing; they also have the ability to be able to replace the tissue that surrounds the missing teeth. There are currently two types of dentures that are on offer, complete, or partial. If you have complete dentures placed in the mouth then this will be because the majority of your teeth are already missing. If you have partial ones, then you will have some of your teeth left.
When complete dentures are used, they are immediate or conventional. That means that they will be made when the gum tissue has started the healing process. Conventional dentures can be placed in your mouth eight to twelve weeks after your existing teeth have been taken out.
Immediate dentures can be used with immediate effect, and they can be put into your mouth the moment that your teeth have been extracted. Because of this, the wearer will not have to sit without teeth for the healing period. Your bones and gums will however, shrink over a period of time when they are healing after getting teeth taken out. The disadvantage of having immediate dentures, instead of conventional ones is they will need you to have more visits to adjust them and fit them correctly. You should only consider them temporary until more conventional ones are made and fitted.
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures nowadays; they cost more but are well worth the price tag as they are able to resemble real teeth. Not everyone will be able to have them though, so if your dentist has recommended that you have dentures made, then aside from cost there will be a reason why. Your dentist will know best. Dentures are made over a few weeks, and appointments.
To begin with, impressions of your teeth and jaw will be made. Measurements of the jaw and the space in-between them will be taken. Models will then be made from plastic and wax, which are the exact shape that your dentures will be. You will be able to have this fitted into place to make sure that it fits correctly, and your dentures will also be checked to make sure that they are the right colour and shape to be able to fit before the final denture is ready to be fitted. Your dentist will then asses the dentures, ensuring that they are feeling good, looking good and that you can have the best quality of smile.
They may feel a little strange for a few weeks until you get used to them. The muscles and the cheeks and tongue need to be able to get used to keeping them intact. It is not uncommon for you to experience some mild irritation or pain. Your saliva may also be at an all-time high when you start wearing them too. This will go over time though, as your mouth gets used to wearing dentures. So, do not delay, why not make an appointment with VitaSmile today in order to get your dentures made.