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What You Need To Know Before Using Dentures

It is in the heart of every dentist in Belvidere, IL, to make sure that you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. The sad reality is that this is not everyone’s fate. Approximately 120 million Americans are missing at least a tooth. Sadly, this number is expected to grow in the next few decades.

If this is the case, and you have a lost a tooth, then you might need same day dentures or partial dentures for front teeth.

For aesthetic value, teeth are essential for smiling, and missing a tooth will alter your smile. But not to worry, the dentures’ before and after photos will be excellent.

Dentures 101

Dentures are prosthetic replacements of your missing teeth. They can be removed and placed again in your mouth at your convenience. Though you will need to get used to them, modern dentures feel, look, and function like your natural teeth.

They are made of acrylic and secured in place with metal.

Types of Dentures

When you visit our dentist in Belvidere, IL, your impressions will be taken to the lab. Then we will custom-make your dentures based on your impressions. Our dentist will then choose among the following dentures which are best for you:

    • Conventional Full Dentures

The conventional full denture is used when there are no teeth in your mouth. After the remaining teeth are extracted, then the tissues have healed, our dentist then fixes the dentures. The healing process may take up to several months, which means that you will have no teeth during this time.

    • Immediate Full Dentures

They are also referred to as temporary dentures. During your prior visit, our dentist will make models of your mouth and jaw. Then the dentures are placed the same day. These same-day dentures have a significant benefit, in that you do not have to stay for months without teeth. The only downside is that they have to be relined several months after they have been fitted.

    • Partial Dentures

The partial denture has a metal frame that is used to anchor itself on your natural teeth. Prosthetic crowns are, at times, placed on some of your teeth to act as anchors for the partial dentures. This option is only viable when you have a good amount of healthy teeth that have remained. This is because the dentures need healthy teeth for anchorage.

The Benefits of Dentures

Dentures have several benefits that can change your life. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Restore your smile
  • Build self-confidence
  • Protect the sockets from damage where the missing teeth occupied
  • Improved speech
  • Restored biting and chewing
  • Help maintain facial integrity
  • Help stop gum and jawbone deterioration

What Happens After the Dentures Are Inserted?

You will feel a bit uncomfortable or awkward for the first few weeks, at times even months, after the new dentures have been inserted. You will need to practice how to eat and speak. Your cheek muscles will take some getting used to as they learn how to hold the dentures.

You might have an excess of saliva flowing, and you might also experience some soreness.

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

After some time, your dentures will have to be rebased, relined, and remade because of the regular use. As you age, some changes take place in your mouth. When these changes occur, your dentures become loose, and then chewing becomes difficult. Relining will then have to be done.

You will need to visit our dentist at least once annually.

But you still have to take good care of them:

  • Dentures are fragile and can break if they are dropped. Therefore, you should stand over a basin of water or a folded towel so as you break the fall in case the dentures drop.
  • Brush them as you would your natural teeth. This prevents the formation of plaque and discoloration.
  • You need to place the dentures in plain water or a denture cleanser solution when you are not using them. This is because dentures should be kept moist at all times. But do not place them in hot water because they can warp.
  • Before you wear your dentures every morning, use a soft-bristled brush to brush your gums, palate, and tongue.
  • In case your dentures become loose or fractured, visit our dentist in Brechon Dental, who will assist you.

If you feel as though your teeth have become loose, you can book an appointment, and our dentist will let you know which options are right for you.