Dentures are a removable, artificial set of teeth. They can be made to fit perfectly with the shape and size of the wearer's jawline. If you have any missing teeth due to decay or injury, dentures can keep your smile looking as good as new.
If you’re only missing a few teeth, a bridge that connects to healthy teeth may be the perfect solution. However, since today’s dentures look incredibly like real teeth, some people will extract all of their teeth in order to create room for full dentures.
Your dentist will complete a thorough examination of your teeth in order to properly evaluate their condition. Once he has determined that dentures are necessary, he will choose the best type of dentures for you.
Full dentures are the most common type of artificial teeth, but there are three more types for you to choose from: partial dentures, flexible partials, and dental-supported dentures. The type is usually selected for each patient based on their needs and age.
Once your consultation is over, the dentist will take a dental impression. Your dentist will use blocks of wax-like material that are designed to show if your bite is aligned. Then you can choose the color and shape of the teeth.
The dentist sets your new teeth in custom wax to make sure everything is working correctly. Then they clean off your gums and prepares them for the dentures. Finally, they will sculpt your gums using a stone powder until the dentures are resting snugly in place.
For most patients, it takes a few weeks for new dentures to feel comfortable. To ensure comfort and prevent damage, you should visit the dentist as often as four or five times over the course of one to two months without skipping an appointment.
Dentures are there to replace any missing teeth. While the dentures are a perfect solution aesthetically, they might feel uncomfortable in the begging. Another problem you need to think about is the natural change of the shape of the jawline.
This happens because the jaw is adapting to the missing teeth. In order to combat this problem, the patient must visit their dentist to make changes to their dentures. That way, they’ll ensure that the dentures fit the jaw perfectly.
If you want your artificial teeth to look natural, you need to take good care of them. Dentures are best brushed and should be soaked in a cleaning solution, or just plain water. Brushing the gums is also important if you want your oral hygiene to remain at a high level.
Getting a fixed prosthesis is not as permanent or invincible as we might believe, and the phrase many dentists use "permanent dentures" can be a bit misleading. Dentures, no matter the material they’re made of will wear out over time, get stained, and break. A good pair of “permanent dentures” should last you around 10 years.
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth. A dentist can make your dentures more stable by attaching them to implants or your jawbone. But full dentures aren’t your only option. You also have partial dentures, implant-supported dentures, and flexible partials.
The price of dentures depends on many different factors including the complexity of your treatment, the time it will take, and of course, the dentist that's doing the work. Some practices will offer payment plans that allow you to pay for dentures over the course of several months.
Standard dentures take a few weeks to be constructed and normally 4 or 5 visits to the dentist’s office. The reasons for the visits include:
Impressions: During the initial visit, a mold is taken of your gums and jaw, so the dentist knows what the dentures will look like.
Bite Registrations: The dental professional will measure how you bite and select your new teeth with you.
Wax Try Ins: You get to see your new denture, try it on, and have the dentist fit it comfortably.