A partial denture can be used for people who have lost several teeth. A complete denture is used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Loss of tooth can occur from injury, decay of tooth or periodontal disease. If the gaps of missing teeth are not closed, there can be a shift in remaining teeth which can lead to an inability to proper biting and chewing. It also tends to change the facial appearance making one appear older than they are.
Dentures are very comfortable and functional and similar in appearance to natural teeth. They can improve a smile or facial appearance.When not in use dentures are stored in cold water. This also helps in cleaning them off food particles.
Adapting to Dentures
You should see your dentist a day after the delivery of your new dentures. Initially it is common to undergo some discomfort. Small adjustments to the denture can increase your comfort level and eliminate problems before they become more serious. At first, a new denture may feel strange in the mouth. The cheeks, lips and tongue are very sensitive areas that require time to adapt to the new dentures. You might bite your cheek or tongue while getting used to your new dentures. However, if the soreness or irritation persists, report it to your dentist immediately.
In addition to adjusting to the feel of new dentures, it will also take some practice learning to chew with them. Begin by slowly chewing on very small pieces of soft food, using both sides of the mouth simultaneously. As your comfort and confidence increase you can progress to larger pieces of soft food and then proceed to harder foods.
Speaking may also require practice. Pronunciation of certain words can be difficult. Usually, this problem is overcome within two weeks. Practicing to read aloud helps new denture wearers to adjust more quickly to their new prosthesis.
With a well fitting denture and practice, denture adhesives may not be necessary. Denture wearers should expect the lower denture to fit somewhat loosely. They may need to learn how to use the muscles of the cheeks and tongue to keep the denture in place. Although this might sound bothersome, with practice, it becomes second nature.
Denture Readjustment or Replacement
If your dentures fit poorly, cause persistent mouth irritation, chip, crack or break, it is important to see your dentist. Although most gum remodeling occurs within the first year, changes in gums and bone continue throughout one's lifetime. Over time this may result in ill fitting or loose dentures and may compromise facial appearance.
In addition, movement of the dentures on the gums may cause significant irritation. For this reason, it is recommended that complete dentures be remade or at least relined every five to seven years.
The cost of dentures depends on several factors, including:
- Requirement of an additional procedure such as extractions of remaining teeth or oral surgery to refine bony ridges
- A prosthodontist specializes in crafting dentures and may charge more for his services
- The complexity of the removable denture that is required
- Choice of material and dentist