Whether you’re thinking about getting dentures, currently have them, or know someone who does, there’s a good chance you’ll have some questions. The following sections will explain what dentures are, how to care for them, and how dentures can help improve your oral health. We hope to assist you in obtaining answers to all your denture-related questions and, if necessary, determining whether dentures are appropriate for you.
What exactly are dentures?
Dentures are nothing but prosthetic teeth that can be custom-made to fit your mouth, and dentures are used to replace missing or extracted natural teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial, which means they can replace all teeth on either the top or bottom gum line or only a few missing teeth. Whatever type of dentures you require, they will be custom-made to fit your mouth and be visually matched to your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of wearing dentures?
Dentures are not only used to improve your appearance or your smile by replacing several missing teeth, but they will also help support the structures around the cheeks and lips, keeping the facial structure intact. Dentures help chew the food correctly, maintain your diet, and save yourself nourished and healthy.
When the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support constructions such as dental bridges, or even when more than one or two teeth are lost, partial dentures are sometimes utilized instead of other tooth replacement treatments.
To keep the partial dentures from falling out of position, they are fitted to the gum line area they will sit on and fastened to neighboring natural teeth. They are not permanently attached and can be removed at any moment for cleaning or sleeping.
Complete dentures can replace all-natural teeth, known as full or complete dentures. They are custom-made for your upper and lower jaw and held in place with the help of oral structures. They are easily removable, just like partial dentures.
Overdentures and immediate dentures
Other types of full and partial dentures, such as immediate dentures, differ from standard permanent dentures in various ways. These dentures are worn immediately after tooth extraction and for up to six months during the healing process. These dentures can be fixed more quickly than permanent dentures to suit changes in the mouth as the swelling in the gums and jaw heals. Once the healing process is over and your mouth is ready for permanent dentures, the immediate dentures will be removed.
Overdentures are an alternative to the standard dentures that can be used if traditional dentures are too unpleasant or if you still have a few natural teeth. Overdentures are fitted over the roots of regular teeth and rest on them, or, if there are no natural teeth to fit over, they are fitted over dental implants.