When people grow old, they sometimes lose their teeth due to several reasons. Dentures can be a great replacement option for them. At Brunswick Dental Group, we believe that everyone must enjoy life to their fullest, no matter what their age.
Just a few years ago, with the type of dentures that were available at the time, others could easily make out if a person was wearing false teeth. But that is not the case now. Modern dentures mimic natural teeth to such an extent that it is pretty much impossible to tell whether they are dentures or natural teeth.
Dentures are custom made to provide the correct fit. With loss of teeth, there is also accompanying sag of facial muscles, difficulty in speech etc. With dentures, all these problems are taken care of, and everything gets back to normal once you get used to wearing them.
Types of Dentures
Different types of dentures are available based on your needs – complete dentures and partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when a person has missing teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. They are sometimes also called complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing.
Complete dentures also come in two varieties – immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures, as the name suggests, are readymade dentures that can be worn immediately. They are made before the teeth are removed. They require some adjustments later on as they need to be positioned accurately once the gums heal and shrink.
For conventional dentures, the patient will need to wait till the replacement dentures are made. Gums would heal by that time and they can be placed correctly. The healing period differs from person to person, usually taking place in 6-8 months’ time.
The first step is a thorough dental examination. Then the impression of the teeth is taken to make the mould. Measurements of the jaw, how the teeth are positioned etc. are all carefully studied to make an accurate fit. If the remaining teeth are not healthy, your dentist may recommend removing them and using complete dentures. It all depends on oral health of the person.
Trial sessions are held to make sure a correct fit is achieved. The colour of the teeth, shape etc. mimicked to ensure that the dentures look as natural as possible. When you have consultations or follow up sessions with your dentist, check with them about any concerns you may have.
Caring for Your Dentures
If you wear dentures, it is all the more important to pay special attention to your oral hygiene. Our hygienist can show you how to keep your dentures clean and your gums healthy. If you wear partial dentures, make sure you remove it prior to brushing your natural teeth. When you are not wearing your denture, such as at night, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water.
Don’t brush your dentures too hard as they may abrade the surface. Our team can advise you on the correct type of toothbrush to use. Do not forget to clean your tongue and gums as bacteria can build up anywhere in the oral region where cleaning is not done.
It is important to continue having regular check-ups with us so we can monitor your gum tissues for signs of change. When teeth are missing, your gum-line and facial bone structure can change, this means your dentures will need to be periodically adjusted to ensure they stay in perfect position with your gums.
To know more about complete or partial dentures call us and book a slot of consultation with our dentists.