Complete and Partial Dentures in Del City OK
Tooth Loss and Dentures
When people have lost some or all of their teeth, in many cases, they are facing the prospect of dentures. The good news today, however, is that dentures have come a long way in recent years. They resemble natural-looking teeth now more than ever, so wearers no longer have to resign themselves to the fake-looking white squares that are supposed to look like teeth. Today’s options not only look more natural, but they function quite well.
A bridge is permanently put into place to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. It is cemented or bonded to either the natural teeth surrounding the gap, to teeth that have been restored with crowns, or to dental implants, which is particularly effective if you are missing more than one tooth.
A removable solution, partial dentures are designed to fill the space left by missing teeth. Made up of carefully crafted teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base, they are often connected with a metal framework.
This type of denture not only fills a space in the mouth, but it also serves to prevent teeth adjacent to that space from moving. One of the real problems with one or two missing teeth is that it often leads to other missing teeth; partial dentures can help prevent this problem.
If you have lost all of your teeth, you might be looking at complete dentures to take the place of those teeth. There are two types of complete dentures: immediate and conventional.
As is indicative of its name, an immediate denture is placed immediately after the teeth are removed from the gums. Of course, the primary advantage here is that patients will have new teeth right after their damaged teeth are removed. Unfortunately, there are disadvantages to this as well. Once teeth are removed, the gum and jaw will change size throughout the healing process. What this means is that the dentures will not fit as well, so adjustments will be needed as time goes on. Because of this, immediate dentures are usually considered a temporary fix.
Conventional dentures are the common form of complete dentures. These are usually put into the mouth around two or three months after all the teeth have been extracted. This is usually adequate time for gums to heal before dentures are expected to fit properly.
Adjusting to Dentures
There is a bit of an adjustment period that comes with new dentures. Speaking and eating might feel odd and awkward initially. But ultimately, the muscles in the tongue and cheeks will work to help keep the dentures placed properly.
There might also be a small amount of irritation on the cheeks and gums at first, and it is perfectly normal for the mouth to produce more saliva in the beginning. This is quite normal and will eventually subside as the dentures become more comfortable.
Eventually, the dentures will feel as natural as they look. If there is a clicking sound while speaking, however, this is an indicator that you should contact our office.
Functioning with Dentures
After the initial adjustment, and after you’ve grown accustomed to eating with them, dentures are extremely functional. Because eating is a bit tricky at first, it’s best to stick to soft foods or foods that can be cut into small pieces. Gradually, more varied foods can be added to the diet. Very hot or cold foods should be avoided, as well as anything that is especially hard; all of these can damage the dentures.
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Find out for yourself what denture option might best suit you and your situation. At Full Circle Dental Care, we are happy to answer your questions and we will work with you to ensure your smile is healthy and natural looking. Call for your appointment now!