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In order to replace missing or removed natural teeth, your dentist will craft dentures, which are artificial teeth and gums that are shaped to fit your mouth. Dentures can be full or partial, which means that they can either completely cover the top or bottom gum line or simply the few missing teeth. Whatever type of dentures you require, they will be made specifically for your mouth and will be aesthetically similar to your natural teeth.
Why do I need Denture?
Dentures not only make a smile with several missing teeth look better, but they help maintain the integrity of the mouth's structure by supporting the tissues around the cheeks and lips. Additionally, chewing-intensive meals may be consumed with dentures, allowing you to maintain your diet and get the nutrition you need. Last but not least, dentures are a good option for replacing teeth that are causing significant discomfort and oral health problems, such those with severely damaged roots or rotten roots. When dentures are fitted, problematic teeth are removed and replaced with a durable and attractive substitute.
What is the Process of getting Dentures?
Pre-denture check-up: The purpose of the initial appointment is to check the soft tissue and gums to see if they are healthy and prepared to receive the new teeth. We will perform a thorough examination on the patient, which will involve X-rays, to achieve this. The purpose of the X-rays is to ensure that the underlying bones do not present any unanticipated difficulties. Occasionally, during this stage, we will suggest further surgeries like trimming the extra flabby tissue for a better-fitting denture or contouring the bone to allow for a tighter fit. We will also begin the denture-making procedure at this appointment by creating a cast or mould of the upper and lower gums. We would prefer to get them without the teeth so that the laboratory can create the new dentures using a precise impression of the gums. Finally, we will talk to the new patient about crucial details including the size, form, and colour of the new teeth. Adjusting the length and plane of a denture During the second appointment, we determine the replacement teeth's length depending on the patient's mouth. We will need to make sure that the top and lower teeth are aligned properly in order for the denture to fit perfectly. The centre jaw relationship (CJR) or maximum mandibular retrusion (MMR) steps might also be used to describe this visit. We go over the important connection between the upper and lower jaws in this stage. We'll check the bite to make sure it's ideal so there won't be any clicking when the patient talks or chews, using a loose-fitting denture and a wax rim to mimic the position of the teeth. Try-in with denture wax: On the third appointment, the final plastic teeth will be placed in place of the loose tray. With the exception of the base fitting loosely on the gums and the teeth themselves being in wax rather than the final plastic, the completed set will look and feel just like a denture. During this visit, we may check the dentures' appearance, size them appropriately, and have the laboratory make any last-minute changes. After your fourth visit, you will have a brand-new set of fully fitted dentures, allowing you to resume eating and speaking as you once did while also looking better.
What are the various types of Dentures?
1. Traditional complete full dentures Complete dentures replace all of a patients teeth. As contrast to dental bridges that are attached to natural teeth, they rest on top of the gums. Usually, complete dentures are inserted 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been taken. 2. Partial dentures When a patient still retains some of his or her natural teeth, such as when one or more teeth are present in both the upper and lower jaws, partial dentures are utilised. A metal component is joined to a foundation with a pink hue. The denture is secured in the mouth by these two parts. You can remove them anytime you need to since they are handy and detachable. Partials, which are composed entirely of acrylic or acrylic, aid in preventing the other teeth from shifting. 3. Custom dentures Because custom dentures are constructed from more pricey teeth, they have a more realistic appearance when you smile. The new denture is really visible even before it is finished. The denture is made just for your smile so that it looks natural and meets your needs. 4. Immediate dentures Usually, immediate dentures are inserted the same day as the teeth are pulled. For this kind of denture, you must be a good candidate, nevertheless. 5. Implant supported dentures With implant-supported dentures, the denture is firmly supported by a dental implant. The denture offers a lot of assistance for a strong base, which enables the denture to remain firmly in place. The dental implant also has a natural appearance and is durable.
Precautions after Denture Treatment
All dentures, regardless of the kind, need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. Dentures may be built of artificial teeth, but even so, germs, plaque, and tartar can still accumulate on them and damage neighbouring teeth and gums. Take your dentures out of your mouth and wash them well to remove any food particles that could be lodged between your teeth, along the gum line, or even beneath the appliance. Then, using a soft toothbrush or denture brush and a light soap or denture cleanser, brush the dentures all over. To avoid damaging and wearing away the denture materials, avoid using other cleansers, ordinary toothpaste, and electric toothbrushes. Make care to thoroughly rinse them after cleaning. Be sure to brush your gums and any natural teeth with a very soft, moist toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, if necessary, while your dentures are out of your mouth. If your toothbrush is too abrasive, gently massage your gums by wrapping your finger in a damp, soft washcloth and rubbing all areas.
How to Keep my Dentures Clean?
For good denture care: Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won't break if you drop them. Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don't bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning. Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate). If used, remove any remaining denture adhesive from your gums. Brush your dentures at least daily. Remove and gently clean your dentures daily. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Don't use denture cleansers inside your mouth. Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Check with your dentist about properly storing your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions. Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain or burns if swallowed. Schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist will recommend how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, and also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it's healthy. See your dentist if you have a loose fit. See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection. You typically should avoid: Abrasive cleaning materials. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage your dentures. Whitening toothpastes. Toothpastes advertised as whitening pastes often contain peroxide, which does little to change the color of denture teeth. Bleach-containing products. Don't use any bleaching products because these can weaken dentures and change their color. Don't soak dentures with metal attachments in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal. Hot water. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions about Denture
Important things to note
Geriatric Patients with some exceptions
Multiple visits may be required
Not covered by most insurances in India
Lab tests or imaging may be required
No special precautions before the treatment
Special precautions after the treatment