Whether it is from old age, malnutrition, disease or even accidents, sometimes it is necessary to extract some or all of a person’s teeth. While this may sound upsetting, dentures can be one of the solutions to have that perfect smile again. A denture, commonly called ‘false teeth,’ is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal, dentures provide support for the cheeks and lips and help you eat, speak, and function.
The duration of the treatment varies on a case-to-case basis. The process starts with an examination and diagnosis, then subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, issues and review.
Depending on the person, it will take several days or weeks before you get accustomed to the new dentures.
Here are some useful suggestions to help you adapt to the new dentures and experience their optimum function:
Like natural teeth, dentures can accumulate plaque and food debris, particularly in areas where the denture is in contact with your gums and remaining teeth. In addition to the usual brushing, dentures should be cleaned regularly to avoid staining and emitting a bad odor.
If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. When cleaning, remember the following:
During the first few days, you will be advised to wear them most of the time except when sleeping. Always remove the dentures before going to bed to allow your gum tissues to rest and promote oral health. Gentle massaging of the gums with a soft toothbrush is encouraged.
Your jawbones and gums naturally shrink over time and this can cause the dentures to fit less securely. Ill-fitting dentures can give rise to chewing difficulties, soreness, infections and changes in facial support. It is important that you visit your dentist to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated yearly.
Your dentures may need to be adjusted, relieved or even relined from time to time to ensure an optimal fit. Do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself – seek professional help.
With time and practice you will soon learn to eat, talk and smile with your dentures as you would with your natural teeth.