What Are Dentures and How Do They Work?

Dentures are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. They are very functional and look natural, making them a good option for many patients. The cost is also reasonable, and they can last for years with proper maintenance. It’s important to see a prosthodontist to find out what type of Dentures are best for you.

What is the Denture Process?

Denture treatment begins with an oral exam and x-rays. This will give your dentist an accurate picture of the health of your gums and jawbone. Once they have a clear picture of your mouth, the dentist will create impressions, wax forms or plastic patterns of your teeth and gums to create a model of your teeth. This model is then used to make the final denture.

You will likely have some discomfort or irritation when first wearing your new dentures, and it may take a while to get accustomed to eating and speaking with them in place. This is normal, and it should subside over time.

It is important to brush your teeth regularly, but be careful not to use a hard-bristled toothbrush. You should also rinse your dentures daily to remove food particles and bacteria. A denture cleanser is recommended, and you can buy a special one at your local drugstore. It is also a good idea to clean your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth frequently, as these areas can get infected if left unclean.

In addition to restoring your appearance and ability to chew and speak normally, dentures also have significant psychological benefits. Many people who wear dentures report feeling more confident about their appearance, and this can lead to an improved mood and higher self-esteem. It is also common for people with missing teeth to experience sagging in the facial skin, and dentures help support this tissue so that you retain a normal looking face.

There are several types of dentures available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Full dentures are the most common and are a great choice for most patients. They are removable, so you can easily clean them, and they are very affordable. They will not last as long as dental implants, however, and they will need to be replaced every few years.

Partial dentures are another option for tooth replacement. They are similar to partials, but they are anchored by abutment teeth, which gives them more stability. They are not as secure as full dentures, but they are more comfortable than some other types of partials. Partials can also be used to fill in gaps caused by teeth that are failing or have been removed.