Our teeth have a significant impact on our everyday lives – from eating and speaking to influencing the way we look. Although good care of natural teeth means they can last a lifetime, sometimes this does not occur, and it may be necessary to get dentures. While dentures often fall ridicule to popular culture, they are an effective way of replacement for tooth loss, decay, gum disease or trauma. Getting dentures will mean you can go back to eating and drinking normally.
Recent innovations have meant that dentures look even more natural and comfortable. The process of creating, fitting and ensuring your dentures fit just right is an easy process.
Our team at Dentaservice can provide you with advice and services to get your teeth looking and working as good as new.
Below is an overview of dentures and the different options for you.
Why should I get dentures?
If you have lost any teeth dentures will make eating and speaking a lot easier for most people. When you lose teeth, the muscles make the face sag and make simple activities such as eating a much harder task.
Usually, dentures are for older people where teeth have broken down. However, it is also suitable for children and younger people to get dentures if they have their teeth knocked out or because of other diseases.
Types of dentures
Dentures can be made of either cobalt chrome or acrylic.
Cobalt chrome dentures are a removable device which has been customised to replace your missing teeth. A chrome denture is made on a cobalt chrome metal allow framework where acrylic teeth and gums are attached. To hold the dentures in place, clasps clip onto natural teeth. This provides high strength, thin and light dentures which have good retention. If you would like an acrylic option, the acrylic dentures attach to this framework.
When comparing the dentures:
|Pros||Suitable for most people, easy to adjust and repair||Strong, light and thin, smaller design than Acrylic|
|Cons||Larger/bulkier than Chrome Cobalt, susceptible to stain over time, not as strong as Chrome Cobalt||More difficult to repair, more expensive than Acrylic Dentures|
There is also the option between complete or partial dentures.
A removable partial denture is used to replace missing teeth and is attached to a gum-coloured plastic base. The base is often connected by a metal framework which holds the dentures in place. Partial dentures are suited for people who still have several natural teeth remaining in their upper or lower jaw. On the other hand, complete dentures are a removable full-coverage replacement for missing teeth.
If you are considering getting dentures, our dentists at DentaService can provide advice on which option is best suited for you.
The process of making your dentures
The process includes an initial consultation to discuss the procedure, which type of dentures are suited best for you and any worries or concerns which you may have. We will then take measurements of your mouth including your bone structure and gums to ensure that the dentures are specifically customised and fit to your mouth.
- If you require dental surgery, such as having a tooth removed, you may be able to have immediate dentures where dentures are inserted on the same day.
- Our dentist will make impressions of your mouth and bite to finalise the dentures.
- Over a few appointments, your dentures will be adjusted
Living with dentures
Initially, you may feel a bit strange after getting dentures. Most people take a few months (typically 4-12 weeks) to get used to the feeling of eating. Start with eating softer, cut up food and eating slowly. Gradually reintroduce hard foods into your meals.
Follow up appointments means that you can adjust your dentures if they are not feeling quite right. Once you are comfortable and used to your dentures, you may only need yearly appointments to make sure they are still in place and fitting correctly.
If your dentures are still causing discomfort such as sore spots, swelling or ulcers after several months, see your oral health professional who can fix any required adjustments.
Caring and maintaining your dentures
Maintaining a healthy and regular mouth routine will remove any plaque and keep your dentures in better shape for longer.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact DentaServices on 9401 2120 today!
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