As we get older, the chances of needing dentures increases. Dentures are a tried effective way to replace missing teeth and have been used in some form for centuries.
Thankfully, denture technology has come a long way in the last few decades, leading to better looking, better fitting dentures that let you regain both your smile and your confidence.
Types of dentures
There are different types of dentures.
These types of dentures are often what people think of when they think of dentures. As the name suggests, they replace all of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaw. They generally sit over the gums. These types of dentures are usually fitted between 8-12 weeks after the removal of the teeth in order for any swelling/infection to subside first.
If you still have some of your natural teeth remaining, then partial dentures are used. They can be used on the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are beneficial in preventing the remaining teeth from moving. The teeth and palette are usually made from acrylic or a similar material.
These types of dentures can be removed as and when needed.
A custom denture can be a full or partial denture, the main difference is that the teeth are made from a more realistic looking, more expensive material.
The technology used in individual tooth implants is now used in denture fitting too. Implants are fixed into the jawbone and the full or partial denture is fixed into place. This can provide a much more natural-looking effect with the added benefit of securing the denture firmly in place.
When to get dentures
If you are missing some teeth already, then partial dentures can prevent the movement and weakening of the remaining teeth.
If you have significant dental issues that will likely require the removal of some or all of your teeth, then getting fitted for the appropriate dentures is a good idea.
Benefits of getting dentures
Missing teeth can really affect your self-confidence. Replacing them with dentures is a great way to get that confidence back.
Missing teeth can affect the way you speak and eat, both of which can be corrected with well-fitting dentures. Missing teeth can also affect the shape of your face, making it look older and drawn in.
Partial dentures can also prevent damage and prolong the life of existing teeth.
How are they fitted?
Your dentures are customized for you. At your appointment, your dentist will use dental putty to make an impression of your mouth. This impression will then be given to an experienced dental technician who will create your dentures.
If you need to have teeth removed, you may need to wait until the swelling goes down before your final fitting, otherwise, they may not fit as securely.
Your dentist will ensure that your dentures are as comfortable and well made as possible and give you all the information you need on caring for your dentures and gums.