Dentures are a good way to replace missing teeth and avoid problems that might be caused by gaps. Dentures are made of acrylic, metal or nylon and are placed over the gums where they act as a replacement for natural teeth.
In cases where a patient needs to have all of their teeth removed and replaced and dentures can be a cheap, quick solution. Leaving gaps unattended may lead to many dental health problems and difficulties with speech and eating.
Dentures come in two kinds:
- Complete dentures
Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
- Partial dentures
Partial dentures are used to replace one or a number of teeth.
Wearing dentures for the 1st time
At first, dentures might feel uncomfortable, but as you become accustomed to wearing them this feeling disappears. They also might also feel a bit loose, as the cheek and tongue muscles need to adjust, keeping them in the right place. Furthermore, there might be a feeling of irritation, soreness and excess of saliva production but this will go away after a while.
After dentures are placed it is recommended that you have regular follow-up appointments to make further adjustments if needed. If the uncomfortable feelings don’t go away it is necessary to make an appointment with your dentist.
Having complete dentures requires a good oral hygiene regime. You will need to do all the brushing and cleaning of the dentures, of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. You will also need a special brush with a soft bristle, to stimulate circulation each morning.