What are Dentures?
Dentures are customized oral appliances which replace missing teeth. They are made of acrylic or resin, and may sometimes include metal. Dentures fit around your existing teeth or gums, and can be used for everything your original missing teeth were!
Why would I want Dentures?
Missing teeth can make eating or talking more difficult. They can also leave cosmetically ugly gaps in your smile. Dentures allow you to eat and talk normally, and nobody will be able to tell that you are missing teeth!
What are the different types of Dentures?
There are several different types of dentures. Complete dentures are used for people that are missing all (or most of) their teeth. Partial dentures are more useful for those who still have some original teeth left; these are usually replacement teeth attached to a false pink gum, which fits over your existing gums and teeth and is held in place by your remaining teeth, and either a metal framework or a precision attachment.
Dentures can also be prepared immediately after any teeth are removed. These temporary dentures, called immediate dentures, allow you to never have to go without teeth, but may need to be adjusted or replaced after the healing is complete.
What do I have to do to get Dentures?
At our Weston dentist office getting dentures requires several appointments over a timespan of approximately one month. The first step is to take an impression and measure the jaws to determine what shape and size the dentures will need to be. There will then be several appointments to try on a trial version and make any necessary adjustments to color, shape, or size. Finally, there will be a final fitting and adjustment with your completed dentures.
What happens after I get my Dentures?
Initially, your dentures may not feel like they fit correctly. This is just the process of getting used to your dentures, rather than a problem with the fit. You may also have different speech patterns, or irritation around the denture as your mouth adjusts to your new appliance. Your dentures can be worn all day, although it is usually recommended to take them out at night. Dentures should be cleaned once every day in order to remove food and keep them clean. This can be done with a standard toothbrush and a special denture cleaner. While you are not wearing your dentures, it is best to store them in water in order to preserve them. If you have any problems or discomfort persists, make sure to see your dentist.