Enjoy a Beautiful Smile with Your New Dentures
Loss of your natural teeth can significantly affect the quality and comfort of your life. Tooth loss can not only ruin your facial esthetics and smile, but can also create considerable difficulties for you while eating or speaking. While it may not be possible to get your natural teeth back, but you can certainly get back your smile and tooth function with the help of dentures!
What Are Dentures?
Dentures, also known as the false teeth are removable prosthetic dental appliances that rests over the soft tissues and bone present in the region of the missing teeth. In addition, some dentures consists of different types of attachments that gain support from the adjacent natural teeth from either sides. A Denture usually consists of the following parts:
- Baseplate – this forms the main structural framework, over which the prosthetic teeth are attached. A baseplate is usually made from acrylic (plastic) or dental alloys, such as Cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) or Titanium alloys.
- Prosthetic Teeth – prosthetic teeth are usually made from acrylic or porcelain. Acrylic teeth are chemically attached to the baseplate while the porcelain teeth need to be joined with the baseplate using various pins.
- Clasps – clasps are provided in those cases where there are a few teeth remaining in the mouth to support the denture. A clasp is a metallic wire extending from the baseplate and engages with the surrounding natural teeth to provide retention and stability to the dentures.
- Precision Attachments – in order to enhance the retention and stability of a denture, various interlocking precision attachments are provided with the dentures that fit inside correspondingly prepared attachment’s in the oral cavity or the adjacent natural teeth.
What Are the Types of Dentures?
There are three different types of dentures:
- Partial Dentures – these dentures are provided to those patients who have some teeth remaining in their oral cavity. These dentures derive their retention and support from the underlying soft and hard tissues as well as from the adjacent natural teeth.
- Complete Dentures – these dentures are provided to patients who don’t have any tooth remaining in the oral cavity. These dentures are solely dependent upon the underlying soft tissues and jaw bone for their retention, support and stability.
- Overdentures – sometimes, dentures can also be placed over dental implants or healthy tooth roots with the help of various precision attachments. These types of dentures are known as overdentures.
How Are Dentures Prepared?
The fabrication of dentures requires multiple steps, a few of which are performed at the dental office while the remaining are carried out back at the dental laboratory.
- Formulating a Treatment Plan – before initiating the procedure for denture fabrication, your dentist will first perform a thorough dental examination, in addition to having a look at your medical and dental records, so as to ascertain your eligibility to get dentures and to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan and timeframe.
- Making an Impression of Your Teeth – once all your pending dental procedures have been carried out, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to prepare a gypsum model of your teeth which will help in the fabrication of the prosthesis.
- Making the Custom Tray – from the gypsum study model, a customized impression tray for your teeth is prepared which is used to careful make a definitive impression of your teeth, gums are surrounding structures in their functional state.
- Recording the Jaw Relations – in the next step, your dentist will record the exact position where your upper and lower jaw meet so that it can be exactly replicated in your dentures.
- Tooth Set-up – in the next step, teeth are set-up on the baseplate by using wax, while considering the jaw relations that were recorded for the upper and lower jaws.
- Delivering your Dentures – finally, the tooth set-up in wax is replaced with acrylic by burning the wax out and polymerizing the acrylic resin. The dentures are then finished, polished delivered back to the dental office.
- Trial Insertion of the Dentures – your dentist will first ask you to “try-out” your new dentures. If the patients are comfortable with their dentures, they are allowed to wear it. Alternatively, small modifications, if required are performed at the dental chairside.
How Long Does it Take to Make New Dentures?
Fabrication of dentures requires multiple clinical and laboratory steps. As a result, it may take up to 2-3 weeks before you can finally enjoy your new dentures.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
- Smile Again with Confidence – with your dentures, now you don’t have to worry about showing your missing teeth whenever you speak or smile!
- Comfort and Convenience – eat all of your favorite foods that you longed to enjoy after you had lost your natural teeth.
- Improved Speech – it becomes quite difficult to speak clearly when you have lost your natural teeth. However, you can get your ability to speak clearly with your dentures.
- Reparability – in case you accidentally break your dentures, you can easily get them repaired within 24 hours by sending them to your dental clinic or laboratory.
Caring for Your Dentures
You should take care of the following things while wearing your dentures:
- Do not Sleep with Your Dentures – remember to remove your dentures whenever going to bed, and to put them in water or denture cleansing solution.
- Clean your Dentures after You Eat – in order to maintain excellent oral hygiene, you should immediately wash your dentures with lukewarm water. You can also use a toothbrush for this purpose. However, YOU SHOULD NEVER APPLY TOOTHPASTE OVER THEM OR CLEAN THEM WITH HOT WATER!
- Keep Your Dentures in Water When not Using – to prevent any dimensional changes in your dentures, remember to put them in water when you are not wearing them.