Dentures are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues in the mouth.
Dentures are removeable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and restore oral function. They are available as both partial and full dentures — full dentures are recommended when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are suitable in cases where one has some remaining natural teeth. Read on to find out how dentures work, and why you might consider them…
How do full dentures work?
Full dentures are available in two types: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after all of the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. In most cases, conventional dentures are placed between eight and 12 weeks after the teeth have been extracted.
Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made before the teeth are removed and are placed immediately after the extraction procedure. The benefit to choosing this type of denture is that one does not have to wait for the healing process to be complete before receiving a new set of dentures.
How do partial dentures work?
Like full dentures, partial dentures are removable. Partial dentures comprise replacement teeth, which are attached to a plastic base. Partial dentures are a suitable option when one or more teeth remain in the jaw. A fixed bridge is used to replace the teeth and crowns are placed on either side of the space. Partial dentures replace missing teeth and also prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting over time.
What do they feel like?
It can take some time to adjust to the feeling of new dentures. You might notice that your dentures feel loose for the first few weeks, but as your facial and tongue muscles adapt, your dentures will begin to feel more secure and comfortable. Some minor soreness is completely normal when you first get your dentures placed, but this will resolve with time.
As you get used to the feeling of dentures, you will find it easier to perform oral functions such as eating and speaking. You may find it helpful to eat soft foods until you feel comfortable with your new appliances, but with time you will be able to enjoy a varied diet. Just be sure to avoid foods that are particularly hard or sticky as these can cause damage to your dentures.
How do you take care of dentures?
It is important that you remove your dentures when you sleep and soak them overnight. This will make sure that they don’t dry out and become brittle or warped.
You should also brush and rinse your dentures every day in order to keep them clean and to maintain your oral health. Food debris and plaque can build up on dentures, so it is essential that you remove these on a regular basis. Remember to handle your dentures with care anytime that you remove them to prevent them from breaking.
It is advisable to see your dentist for regular check-ups so that your dentures can be adjusted, repaired or replaced when necessary. If you notice that your dentures don’t fit properly or are causing you pain or discomfort, be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible.
How can we help?
At Oracare, we have an in-house laboratory, which allows us to provide high-quality, convenient and timely restorations. By fabricating dentures on-site, we offer quick turn-around times on treatments.
We offer a range of dentures, all of which are fabricated with the highest quality materials and state-of-the-art machinery, equipment and tools. We offer both full and partial dentures and will advise you the treatment that best suits your needs depending on how many teeth you would like replaced. If you would like to find out more about the dentures that we provide at Oracare, please have a look here. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (07) 3286 6914.