If you are in a situation where you have lost all or most of your teeth, your dentist probably has recommended dentures. Dentures are important because without teeth in the mouth, your facial muscles lose their shape. This will not only alter the way you look, but also make it difficult for you to speak and eat.
If you are considering dentures, or artificial teeth, there are several different types to consider. Dentures can be used to replace all or some of your teeth, depending on the circumstances.
The most common type of dentures are conventional dentures. Conventional dentures are a fully removable tooth plate. If you are considering conventional dentures, the first step your dentist will take is removing any remaining teeth you have. Then, after your gums and mouth have healed, an impression will be made. This mold (or impression) will allow the dentist and denture company to make an insert to place in your mouth that fits correctly. From there, your artificial teeth will be made. This process may take several weeks to months, depending on individual circumstances.
Another type of dentures are called immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are also removable appliances, but are made on the day that any remaining teeth are removed. You will not be without teeth during the healing process, but the denture plate may need to be relined or remade after healing has occurred.
A final option is called an overdenture. Overdentures are used when some of your original teeth may be saved. This is a great option, as saving original teeth also helps preserve your jawbone. Your original teeth will help support the artificial teeth. The overdenture will actually fit ‘over’ your remaining teeth to allow a fit that most closely resembles natural teeth. In some cases, implants may also be used to help create overdentures.
If you have lost some or all of your teeth, talk to your dentist about different replacement options. Having replacement teeth will allow you to remain healthy in the many years to come!
Posted on behalf of ToothMasters
Recent studies show that about one quarter of Americans over age 60 have lost all their teeth. While that is considerably better than a decade or two ago, it means that there is still a need for dentures, particularly among the elderly. Fortunately, the options for dentures are better today than ever before, too.
Modern dentures fall into several categories:
Complete Dentures: When all the top teeth or all the bottom teeth are missing, complete, dentures are needed. Complete dentures can be “conventional” or “immediate.” With conventional dentures, all teeth are removed and the full denture is placed in about 10 weeks. But with immediate dentures, the teeth are removed and the full denture is placed right away. With this type of denture, the prosthetic is made ahead of time and typically requires more adjustment than the conventional type once placed.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures consist of several prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. They fit in and around existing teeth and serve as a place holder so that natural teeth won’t change position, as they’re prone to do when there are empty spaces in the mouth. Partial dentures attach to existing crowns or bridges.
Overdentures: For the ultimate in convenience, try an overdenture, a partial or full denture that attaches to the mouth with dental implants. The overdenture can be removed easily for cleaning, and requires no messy creams or powders.
Of course, which type of denture you choose totally depends on your individual needs and what you can afford. As a rule of thumb, any type of denture that involves dental implants takes more time to make and costs more. Most insurance companies, however, do see dentures as a necessity and will cover some if not all of the cost of any type you choose.
It is estimated that about 25% of the American population over the age of 65 have lost most or all of their teeth. Of these older Americans, over 90% will turn to dentures to replace their missing teeth. Dental implants are a better solution for missing teeth for many reasons, but the majority of older Americans rely on dentures primarily due to the lower initial cost.
Dentures are a removable prosthetic replacement for missing teeth. Full or complete dentures replace all of the person’s teeth and partial dentures replace some of the missing teeth. Complete dentures can be upper dentures, lower dentures, or both.
Standard dentures generally take four to eight weeks to be made. Rather than wait for their dentures, many patients opt for immediate dentures. These are made ahead of time and are ready when your teeth are removed. Immediate dentures help in the healing process and eliminate the waiting period before the dentures are ready. However, immediate dentures are more expensive and need more adjustments in the first few months than standard dentures.
Dentures are held in place by suction. Dentures must fit properly to achieve good suction. After getting dentures, your jawbones will begin to recede and the shape of your gums will change. As this happens your dentures will need to be adjusted for a good fit. Denture adhesives can help slipping dentures, but regular adjustments are the best solution for holding dentures in place. Dentures are removed at night for cleaning.
It takes a few weeks for most new denture wearers to get used to their dentures. They may be a little uncomfortable at first and it will take awhile to get used to eating with dentures. Experts recommend starting with soft foods and gradually returning to your normal diet.
Speech can also be affected. Some words may be difficult to say properly with your new dentures. Practicing these words out loud can help resolve any speech issues.
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