Dentures are made individually and custom fit to each patient.
The process starts when you bite down into a tray of soft material to make an impression of your teeth. This impression is used to mold a model of your mouth for denture fitting. The dentist takes measurements of your mouth and assesses your natural tooth color. All this information is needed to create the dentures that will look and fit like your own teeth.
You will be fitted for your dentures several times during this process, to be sure the final dentures are right. Each time you visit the dentist, the current state of the dentures will be compared to your mouth. After about five appointments in the space of one month, your dentures will be ready — and that’s how dentures are made.
Types of Dentures
Different types of dentures can be used to fit your situation. Examples include:
Full Dentures: A full set of dentures can be made to replace all your teeth on the top, bottom or both. Any remaining teeth in the row would be removed and a full denture fitted to the space. One advantage to full dentures is that they can be removed easily to care and maintain your gum health. A full set of dentures also tends to look more natural that partials fitted next to natural teeth.
Partial: Dentures can be built to fill in sections of your teeth that aren’t strong or healthy anymore. Partials may replace any portion of teeth missing from your upper or lower jaw. A partial is a smaller commitment than a whole set of dentures. It can allow you to remove unhealthy teeth and protect the strength of those remaining.
All-in-Four Implants: These are a full set of replacement teeth that are implanted in your mouth on four posts. The procedure is similar to single tooth implants, except each post is used to hold several artificial teeth instead of just one. All-in-four implants can be completed in just two visits, while a full denture requires about five.
Your dentist can discuss and help determine the options that are best for you.
Caring for Dentures
Dentures are different from your natural teeth and require some special care. Although dentures won’t decay, your oral health still depends on regular thorough cleanings. Dentures are breakable and can also become stained.
Remove your dentures carefully for cleaning. They can slip out of your hands easily, and they’ll break if they fall on a hard surface like your bathroom tile.
Clean your dentures every day with a soft denture brush. This will prevent them from discoloring or staining from the things you eat and drink. Be sure to use a soft brush because stiff brittles can scratch and leave tiny grooves in your dentures where bacteria could collect.
Use a dental cleaner to soak your dentures in each night. Avoid toothpaste or other harm cleaners. A mild dish soap or liquid hand soap is acceptable if you dilute it with water. Be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly after soaking and before putting them back in your mouth.
Even the best fitting dentures will need to be adjusted periodically. Your gum tissue and bone density change over time, which affects the fit of your dentures. Always have your dentures professionally fit and adjusted to avoid damaging the dentures or your mouth.
For a free denture consultation, contact Gosmiles today.