Dentures for a better quality of life
Do you think you may need dentures? First you will need to consult with your dentist so they can check your dental condition and let you know how best to treat you.
If you need to have some remaining teeth pulled, your dentist will be able to let you know when you should get them extracted and how long it should take your gums to heal.
Are dentures suitable for you?
Dentures are just one fix to teeth that are missing. You can also get other treatments, such as bridges and implants.
Your dentist should be able to tell you the best treatment to receive, depending on how many of your teeth you no longer have and what kind of condition your gums are in.
Generally, dentures are cheaper than other replacement methods and they can also be easily cleaned because they can be taken out. Sometimes these benefits mean a better choice for many.
Different kinds of dentures
You can get different denture types. Sometimes, you may just need a partial denture because only a few of your teeth may be missing. These dentures will be attached to the rest of your mouth through the use of small metal clasps and supported by your gums, jaw and other teeth.
The other type of dentures are a complete set that can replace the top or bottom row of teeth, or both. These can either be conventional dentures, where they are inserted only when your gums have healed after having your teeth removed, or immediate dentures, where they are inserted straight after teeth extraction.
Procedure for dentures
First your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to see how they should build your dentures. You may need to get more impressions taken over numerous visits until the dentist has an exact replica of your mouth shape.
Next, you’ll need to work with your dentist to find dentures that are right for you. This will involve getting the right tooth shape, size and colour for your mouth. It’s important that it looks natural, so you want to consult with your dentist as much as possible over this stage.
Sometimes it can help to bring in a family member or friend to give their opinion on your new set of teeth. Once everyone is happy with your new look, the dentist can set about completing your new set of teeth.
The first fitting
This is an exciting stage – you’ll return to the dentist to have your dentures fitted. They need to fit properly and be comfortable. You might have to return to the dentist a few times to get the dentures adjusted so they have the perfect fit.
Regular dental check ups
Once you’re happy with your dentures, you will need to incorporate regular dental exams into your routine so that your teeth can be kept in the best shape.