Frequently Asked Questions
What are dentures?
Dentures are artificial substitutes for your natural teeth and the tissue that surrounds them.
There are several different types of dentures, ranging from a complete set that replaces all of your teeth, to partial dentures designed to replace only a few missing teeth. Any of these fall under the general category of dentures.
What are the benefits of dentures?
There are definite advantages to having replacement teeth compared to either leaving teeth missing or to leaving decaying teeth in your mouth.
- Dentures help keep facial muscles from sagging, which can make a person look older.
- You will be able to eat and speak – something people often take for granted until they begin to lose their natural teeth. If you have had problems with your natural teeth for some time, you may have already had problems eating foods you want.
- You will be able to smile confidently.
Not everyone will need dentures in their lifetime. But for those who do need them, dentures can make it possible to continue living an enjoyable life.
Are all dentures the same?
No. Maintaining good oral health is important to denture wearers. Some places will sell you an off-the-shelf product or less than a customized denture. Poor-fitting dentures cause chronic irritation, contributing to mouth sores and changes in the bone or gum tissues.
In order to enjoy a comfortable fit, you will careful measurement and custom impressions to prepare your mouth for custom dentures that will provide you with maximum comfort.
What different types of dentures are available?
There are four main types of dentures to consider.
- When most people think of dentures, they tend to picture complete dentures, which are full replacements for all of your teeth. This can be a full set of either upper or lower teeth, or a combined set for your entire mouth.
- Complete dentures have to be properly fitted for optimum comfort and can last 5 to 10 years given proper care. These can typically be made six months after tooth extraction, once your gums have had time to heal.
- Immediate dentures are put into place immediately after tooth extraction and are used as a temporary set while your bone and tissue stabilize following tooth extraction. There are a number of benefits to immediate dentures, although they may require frequent adjustments while your jaw heals into place.
- Overdentures are similar to complete dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and one or more natural teeth are used for support. This type of denture provides greater stabilization during chewing. Overdentures can be more costly than complete dentures and usually require more appointments to get them properly fitted in place.
- Dental implants can also be used to support and anchor your dentures.
- While dental implants can be superior to dentures in terms of function, they are significantly more expensive, and not all candidates have suitable bone material available for the procedure.
- Partial dentures are designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures can also help you prevent further tooth loss due to decay or gum disease.
- Flexible partial dentures, a special type of partial denture that is anchored without using visible metal clasps or wires are also available.
Will my eating habits need to change?
There are very few eating restrictions for denture wearers, once you get used to wearing them. However dentures are mere substitutes and not as efficient as real teeth.
If you experience eating difficulties at any time, it is important to contact your denturist. Poor-fitting dentures can contribute to eating difficulties. Dentures that fit right are vital for enjoying a well-balanced diet that includes a wide assortment of foods.
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