Basic denture information and advice
Sometimes, even consistent tooth care including brushing, flossing and dental checkups isn't enough to stop serious tooth decay. Genes, age, disease and other bad habits can compromise our teeth, and for some people, dentures become necessary. Getting dentures can be a bit embarrassing at first, and often the process is a little intimidating. But whether you having missing teeth due to injury, decay or some other cause, getting false teeth is not the end of the world, and is an important part of your continuing dental health. Some research and patience can make the process of getting dentures much less stressful.
If you are only missing a few teeth on a row, your dentist may construct a partial set to fill in the gaps between your real teeth. Partial dentures come in two varieties: removable and fixed. If you have only a couple of teeth missing, you will likely get a bridge – false teeth will be permanently joined to neighboring real teeth. If you don't have enough teeth to support a bridge or if you are looking for more affordable dentures, you can get removable partial dentures, which slide false teeth into place beside the real ones. They are removed at night.
If you are missing most of your teeth on an arch, it might be hard to find teeth to join in a bridge and even removable partials would likely not stay in place. If this is the case, your dentist might remove the remaining teeth and replace them with complete dentures. Getting a set of complete dentures can be uncomfortable at first – sores may arise underneath on your gums and you will produce too much saliva for a day or two. Your dentist can make adjustments and your body will adjust itself to these situations, making you more comfortable as time goes on.
In the past, dentists waited as long as two months after removing your teeth before giving you dentures. Now immediate dentures are offered where your new teeth are constructed and put in place the same day your old teeth are removed. Your dentures actually act as the bandaging for your dental surgery. Of course, such a new process is still expensive, so if you're willing to wait, you can get more affordable dentures.
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