Dentures come in different types, including the following:
Partial dentures. This option is used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
Complete dentures. Also called full dentures, complete dentures replace the upper, lower, or both sets of teeth. They may be ideal if you’re missing all your teeth and want a removable option to restore your smile.
Immediate dentures. Temporary or immediate dentures are placed on the same day the remaining teeth are extracted. You no longer have to wait for the site to heal, but you may need repairs or a new appliance soon. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and jaw on your first visit. And you can go back to eating the foods you love, but you need to be very careful not to put heavy pressure on the area.
Overdenture. The process involves saving or fixing remaining teeth so they can support your dentures. The remaining teeth are prepared to accommodate your new appliance. Unlike traditional dentures that use adhesives, overdentures are secured in place with the help of devices, such as implants.
What to Expect When Getting Dentures
The process for getting dentures varies depending on the type. These are the general steps you can expect during your visits:
Your dentist takes measurements of your mouth and jaw to ensure that the size and shape of your dentures are accurate.
You’ll fit the ‘model’ once it’s ready. Your dentist will also check its fit and appearance to see if you’re satisfied before forwarding it to the technician.
Your denture is made, and you return to the dental office for a final fitting once the device is ready. The device will be adjusted as necessary.
You need to come in for follow-up checks so your dentist can assess the fit of your dentures.
You may feel awkward at first, especially if it’s your first time wearing an oral appliance. You may also experience soreness or mild irritation in your gums and cheeks, but these issues should subside once you’re accustomed to your dentures.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
No matter which denture you use, proper care is essential. Here are a few tips to keep your appliance in good condition.
You may need to wear your dentures all day at first. Your dentist will let you know when you can remove your dentures.
If you need to remove your dentures, be sure to keep them moist for their shape to stay intact. Leave them overnight in a denture-cleaning solution or in water. Follow instructions from your dentist.
Keep your mouth clean. Brush and floss regularly to protect your remaining natural teeth.
Clean your dentures to keep food deposits from sticking to them and causing problems such as tooth decay and bad breath.
Dropping your dentures can cause them to break. Keep them in a safe area when not in use.
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