Dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace a section of missing teeth. They are removable and sit on top of the gums. Dentures can be full (for those who have lost all of their teeth) or partial (for those who have lost some of their teeth).
How Are Dentures Made?
It can take three appointments before your dentures are ready for wear. At your first appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth. Note that you may have to have more than one appointment if your dentist needs to take multiple impressions to ensure the best fit. Your dentist will send the dental impressions to a dental lab where your dentures will be custom-made. Once your dentures are complete, you will return to your dentist’s office. Your dentist will carefully check the fit of your dentures, make any adjustments needed, and make sure they feel comfortable.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
Dentures offer many benefits.
- Removable dentures can improve the comfort level of your mouth.
- When a patient is missing several teeth, his or her face may look sunken in. A denture can restore the facial appearance and self-confidence of the patient.
- Dentures can vastly improve your speech. Your teeth play an important role in the formation, control, and pronunciation of certain sounds.
- Dentures also make it easier to pronounce words and produce certain sounds.
- Eating is a natural function, and when large areas of your mouth are missing, you may feel limited. A denture can restore your ability to eat normally.
- Your dentures are customized to fit your mouth perfectly, so you won’t have to worry about them falling out or feeling uncomfortable.
- Denture wearers who wear their dentures all day feel more confident when they smile, laugh, and speak in public.
- Dentures can help to prevent jawbone deterioration, which can occur when teeth are missing for an extended period of time. This deterioration can lead to a number of cosmetic and functional issues, so dentures can be a great way to halt this damage.
How to Care for Dentures?
Proper care for your dentures will extend the life of the prosthetic. You should rinse your denture after you take it out. This will remove food particles and plaque that build up on your teeth and gums, which otherwise increases the risk for gum disease.
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