Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Missing teeth can make you feel less confident while smiling and also make speaking and eating difficult. An answer to this problem could be the use of dentures. Dentures are custom made and they restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost. There are two types of dentures available namely, complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all your teeth are missing. These can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in mouth about 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and gum tissues have begun to heal. While immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after removal of teeth.
Partial Dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. These can be removable. Partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth as well as prevents other teeth from changing position
The process of placing dentures takes a few weeks and several appointments. We first take impressions and measurements of your jaws and the space between them. Then models, wax forms or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made are created and tried on you to assess the color, shape, and fit for the final denture. At last the final denture is cast and adjustments are made as necessary.
New dentures can feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of your mouth get used to it and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. You might face some minor problems initially but eventually you will learn to speak and eat with your dentures. They are usually worn during the day and removed at night to allow the oral tissues time to relax. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so it improves your smile and fill out your facial appearance.