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More About Dentures
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are three types of full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures
Immediate Full Dentures
Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures – Another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
A BREAKDOWN OF DENTURISTS
Denturists are specialists who make dentures for people who are missing some or possibly all of their teeth. Denturists are available to patients throughout the entirety of the denture-making process, from the initial consultation, to taking impressions of the mouth and actually fabricating a set of dentures, to fitting and post-denture care. Most dentists also provide denture services to their patients, but in some cases a patient may be referred to a denture specialist by their regular dentist, or choose to see a denturist for a variety of reasons. Call the team at CD Dental Care to see if dentures are right for you.
Denturists receive extensive specialized training in denture practices, and they are involved in every aspect of the process, including the laboratory work involved in fabricating a set of dentures. Regular dentists do assist patients when dentures are recommended, but they typically have to outsource many of the functions to a third-party specialist. By consulting with a denturist recommended by your dentist, you can deal directly with the person who will be responsible for every phase of creating your dentures. Denturists are regulated at the state level, and typically must have hundreds of hours or more of supervised clinical practice in order to see patients.
Our office works with a denturist who provides free consultations for patients who need denture services. The cost of the dentures ultimately depends on many different factors and will vary depending upon the needs of the specific patient. Following your consultation, the denturist will take impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth if applicable. These impressions are used to create a customized set of dentures, which the denturist will check for optimal fit and comfort for the patient.
Seeing a denturist is not a substitute for a regular dental checkup. Even if you are missing all your teeth, proper oral health is vital and can only be maintained through regular visits to your dentist. There are many things beyond the teeth that dentists check for when evaluating a patient’s oral health, including serious issues such as gum disease and nerve damage. Once your dentures have been completed, it’s crucial that you maintain a schedule of regular dental checkups with your dentist to safeguard your oral health.
There are several factors that will affect the lifespan of your dentures. They will wear down and become discolored with use and age just like natural teeth. Your mouth will also change as you age, and your dentures may need to be refitted from time to time in order to match your mouth shape. In general, most people can expect to wear a set of dentures for 5 to 7 years before they need to be replaced.
It will likely take you some time to adjust to chewing and eating with your new dentures, but over time you should be able to eat most foods normally. Always check with your dentist if any foods are causing you discomfort while chewing or if you are unsure of whether or not you should eat something.
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