As the old saying goes, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Whether you’ve lost your teeth due to gum disease or a recent injury, you surely understand this sentiment better than most. If you’re worried about never being able to smile the way you used to, know that there are options to help you replace your teeth. Partial or complete dentures can provide you with beautiful teeth that feel like natural teeth and perform just as well. You won’t have any trouble eating or speaking; functional dentures are designed to provide you with complete and total comfort, day in and day out. You’ll be able to smile with confidence again.
It generally takes professionals working in a dental laboratory 6-12 weeks to create a set of dentures. The time it takes to make them will depend on the type of dentures being created, as well as the patient’s personal circumstances.
Denture Treatment Process
In order to ensure the perfect dentures are created for you, your dentist will begin by taking an accurate impression of your mouth. This includes both your upper and lower arches. The resulting impression will then be taken to a dental laboratory, where it’ll be used to create your dentures. You’ll have to revisit your dentist to record the relationship of the arches. This will help you decide what the shape and color of your dentures should be. Ideally, your dentures will provide you with teeth that resemble your original bite and feel comfortable in your mouth. You’ll work closely with your dentist in order to create natural dentures that best match your gums and mouth.
Lastly, your dentist will have you try on your dentures and determine if any further adjustments need to be made. They’ll test your ability to speak with your dentures in, as well as evaluate their overall look and functionality. If all goes well, your dentures will be sent back to the dental laboratory for fabrication.
It’s important to remember that creating the perfect dentures takes time and patience. You’ll likely have to revisit your dentist multiple times to have your dentures readjusted. Your dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, which is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. These readjustment visits with your dentist are important in making the necessary corrections to your dentures.
A lower denture may be harder to keep in your mouth compared to an upper denture. This is due to varying shapes of jaws and the regular muscle movement of the tongue and cheeks.
Different Denture Options
Thanks to the advent of advanced technology, the process of making dentures has become incredibly efficient and successful. One of the more popular advances is an implant-supported denture that keeps the artificial teeth tightly in place. This type of denture is slightly more invasive than traditional dentures, since implants will need to be placed in your mouth before the dentures can be created.
If you’ve been suffering from severe tooth decay, gum disease, or a recent mouth injury, an immediate denture may be just what you need. Immediate dentures are used to replace your remaining teeth with new artificial teeth. These type of dentures are intended to provide you with an immediate solution once your teeth have been removed. They make the transition to permanent dentures less noticeable, while still ensuring you’re able to eat, speak, and live like you normally would.
Immediate Denture Treatment
In order to create immediate dentures, a dentist will use your mouth as a model. They’ll take an accurate impression of your mouth, including both your upper and lower arches. The goal here is to establish a bite that closely matches your original bite. Once you’ve selected the shape and color of your denture teeth and gums, your impression will be sent off to a dental laboratory.
You’ll have to go back to see the dentist to have your bite readjusted. Your dentist will run you through a series of functionality tests to see how well they’re working. Adjustments will need to be continually made until the dentures are working perfectly.
Once you’re happy with the fit, function, and appearance, your dentures will be sent back to the laboratory for fabrication. Before you have them put in, your remaining teeth will have to be removed. The teeth extraction process can be done in one visit or several, depending on your particular situation. Your dentist should provide you with advice regarding the best course of action to take.
Immediate Denture Complications
The dental laboratory will do their best to create dentures that allow you to live life as you normally would. However, don’t expect your immediate dentures to feel natural right away. It will certainly take some getting used to. Your gums will shrink over the course of 6 months after your teeth have been removed, which means your dentures will need to be rebased or relined every so often.
Adjusting to your new immediate dentures takes time and patience. It can take weeks or even months before your dentures start to feel natural in your mouth, so don’t feel frustrated if they don’t feel just right at first. You can expect your immediate dentures to slightly change the way you eat. You may feel like you’re not able to chew as efficiently with your new dentures compared to your natural teeth. Immediate dentures also cam make speaking more difficult at first. Over time, you’ll become more comfortable with your immediate dentures, so don’t panic if they don’t feel completely natural right away. You might also notice that lower dentures are harder to keep in place compared to upper dentures. This is most likely due to the constant movement of your tongue and cheeks, in addition to the unique shape and size of your jaw.
If you’re hesitant to try out immediate dentures, know that there are alternative options available to you that may feel more natural. Be sure to discuss your denture options with your dentist.
If you’ve lost one or several teeth but still have healthy natural teeth in place, you should consider opting for partial dentures. Unlike fixed bridges, partial dentures can be taken out of the mouth. They consist of a denture base attached to a supporting framework, and attach to your existing teeth via a clasp or a different retentive device. Your partial dentures will closely resemble the color of your natural gums and teeth.
Made using a model of your mouth, partial dentures can normally be ready for use in about 6-8 weeks after your first visit with a dentist. The type of partial dentures you need and the ways in which the laboratory creates the dentures will impact the time it takes to make them.
Partial Denture Treatment
The first step in creating partial dentures is preparing your teeth. Your dentist will inspect the teeth that your partial dentures will use for support. After an accurate impression has been taken of your upper and lower mouth arches, your impression will be sent to a dental laboratory for initial fabrication.
You can expect to visit your dentist a few more times following your initial visit. Your dentist will evaluate your bite and test your speech with the partial dentures in. They’ll also make sure that their appearance closely resembles your surrounding teeth and gums. Once your dentures have been properly adjusted and feel comfortable in your mouth, they’ll be sent back to the dental laboratory for final fabrication.
Partial Denture Complication
Like all types of dentures, your partial dentures will take some time to feel natural and comfortable in your mouth. You can expect to go in for some adjustment visits in order to modify your dentures to your exact liking. Don’t think that your partial dentures will feel normal right away. It takes most patients days or even weeks to feel completely comfortable with their partial dentures. While you may find eating and speaking somewhat difficult in the early phases of wearing your partial dentures, you’ll soon begin to forget they’re even there.
Different Types Of Partial Dentures
In recent years, there have been many innovative techniques used to create partial dentures. One of the products resulting from these new techniques is an implant-supporting partial denture. These are used to provide additional support to partial dentures. Though it does require the placement of implants in your mouth, you’ll surely benefit from the added support provided by an implant-supporting partial denture.
There’s also a type of partial denture that uses a unique material called valplast to create more aesthetically pleasing dentures. Free of any metal, this kind of partial denture relies on a flexible plastic base and hooks to secure the dentures in place.
Stayplate (Temporary Denture)
If you were planning on having a tooth extracted before getting your partial dentures, then your dentist may recommend a temporary partial denture, also known as a stayplate. Stayplates are used as a temporary solution while your gums and their supporting bones are healing after a tooth removal. This temporary partial denture will replace the missing tooth or teeth and will facilitate chewing and speaking until a more permanent solution is put in place. People have greatly benefited from stayplates because they help maintain your appearance and prevent your existing teeth from shifting in your mouth.
The Stayplate Treatment
Similar to other dentures, stayplates are created using your mouth as a model. Your dentist will take an accurate impression of your mouth, which includes both your upper and lower mouth arches. The resulting impression will then be taken to a dental laboratory, where it’ll be used to create your stayplates. You’ll have to revisit your dentist every so often to record the relationship of the arches. This will help you decide what the shape and color of your dentures should be. Ideally, your stayplates will provide you with teeth that resemble your original bite and feel comfortable in your mouth. You’ll work closely with your dentist in order to create stayplates that best match your gums and mouth. At your next visit, the necessary teeth will be removed and your stayplate will be ready for use.
What You Should Know
It’s important to understand that there’s no such thing as a perfect stayplate. Once you’ve received your stayplate, you can expect to go in for a few adjustment visits in order to perfect your stayplate. It can be frustrating to feel like your stayplate is keeping you from eating and speaking naturally. This is to be expected, and requires you to be patient with your stayplate. Over time, your stayplate will begin to feel more comfortable in your mouth.
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