Dentures have long been the standard in tooth replacement. Patients who are missing some or all of their teeth may opt to have themselves fitted for a set of dentures that will restore the functionality and appearance of their mouth and teeth.
For those who do opt for dentures, there is the choice to have the immediate or conventional variety. Conventional dentures may take longer to obtain, but they allow the gum tissue time to heal in the wake of tooth extraction.
These types of dentures are ready to be placed in your mouth 8 to 12 weeks after all your teeth have been removed. This allows the gum tissue heal.
These type of dentures are made before the teeth are removed and can be replaced right after the teeth come out. With this method the patient does not have to go without teeth.The downside to this method is that gums and bones shrink overtime, mostly during the healing period.
In conclusion, the disadvantage of these dentures is more adjustments need to be made during the healing process.
Partial dentures are replacement for teeth and they are attached to a plastic base. These dentures are connected with metal frames that keep them in place. These types of dentures are best when some natural teeth still remain in the upper and lower parts of the mouth.
What Are Denture Alternatives?
The main alternative to dentures is dental implants. The price of these implants is higher but they look and feel more like real teeth.
Note: Not all patients are eligible for implants. See your dentist for a consultation.
Wearing Your New Dentures
When receiving new dentures, they will feel awkward at first until you get use to them. They might feel loose while your cheek, tongue and muscles learn to keep them in position. With new dentures you may find irritation or soreness in your mouth. You may also experience increase in saliva.
As time passes, and you get use to the dentures, all these problems should fade. Most of the time you need to see your dentist for a follow up visit so that your dentures can be checked or adjusted. If you find that problems continue, be sure to contact your dentist.
Along with dentures, dental veneers and lumineers are also popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry.