A patients guide to dentures

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Dentures are the last resort for patients whose teeth have atrophied over the years due to neglect or simply advanced age. Those who have been unfortunate enough to have incurred dento-facial,injuries due to accidents, might also want to explore this area of oral prosthetics. An edentulous mouth that has no teeth and partially teethed mouths will both benefit from dentures. It’s not just a case of a mouth full of teeth looking better than a toothless or partially toothed mouth, but dentures can also improve masticatory functions and slurred speech.

From edentulous to fully dentured

Multiple visits are needed for a dental patient to be the proud owner of a fully working set of dentures. Whether a full denture or partial denture is needed the process is similar. Over the course of about 5 visits both an experienced dental technician working out of a dental laboratory and your dentist himself will collaborate in making you the best oral prosthetic for your needs.

Impressions will be made of your teeth using alginate impression materials, X-rays and a full dental history also help to ensure that no defects such as retained roots or alveolar resorption are present. Over these  visits it’s necessary for many processes to take place including the creation of occlusion rims to ascertain the particular bite and set of your upper and lower jaw. Before final fitting of your false teeth takes place the dentist will manipulate at least one set of trial dentures where it might be necessary to add or remove teeth. Finally a wax cast will return to the dental lab where the wax will be replaced by acrylic to finish off your dentures.

This final stage should be perfect with your dental practitioner putting a lot of thought and effort into getting them just right. If further improvement is necessary it is not unknown for a patient with newly fitted dentures to sometimes return for a filing down of the teeth and any protruding acrylic that might cause sore spots, at this stage a request might also be made for the use of denture cream.

Dentures for life

Dental prosthetics are designed with longevity and comfort in mind. Generally made from a hardened type of plastic known as acrylic; metals such as stainless-steel,chrome-cobalt and gold can also be used.

A mouth is always slightly changing ever so slowly over the years, with both muscle tension and alveolar bone changes taking place. As such a denture can last for up to  ten years but thorough check ups will ensure that they remain in good shape and are carrying on being an adequate substitute for your teeth.

Looking after your new teeth 

Initially the prosthetic teeth might take some getting used to, but theoretically most foods should still be able to be masticated. If any discomfort or irritation occurs, especially in the initial stages, maintenance visits to your dentist should be able to fix any minor niggles. Look after the dentures as well or better than your original teeth and you should be very happy with the performance they give you.