Dentures or Artificial Teeth

Dentures are removable replacement for the missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. It is usually made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth.

Denture replaces your missing teeth and soft tissue as well. Soft tissue replacement of Denture closely resemble gums. Teeth which are missing due to Dental or Gum Diseases can be replaced by Dentures, That is why dentures are also called artificial teeth by people.

Dentures are further divided into Two categories. 1: Partial Dentures and 2: Complete Dentures. Partial Dentures replaces few teeth. Complete Dentures replaces all teeth.

Partial Dentures:

Partial Dentures are the dentures which replace few teeth. Partial dentures can be Fixed (Bridge) or Removable. Removable Partial Dentures has acrylic base of Pink color, which looks like Gums. Removable Partial Dentures can be worn by your own will. It can easily be worn or removed by you. Fixed Partial Dentures (Bridge) are those which can not be worn by your will. Once it has been fixed by Dentist, it can not be remove by you. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. Bridge are placed by using Dental Cements.

Partial Dentures not only replace missing teeth, but it also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting into the space of missing Teeth.

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Complete Dentures:

Complete Dentures replaces all missing teeth. Complete Dentures are further classified as Conventional and Immediate. Conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Immediate dentures are those which are made before the extraction of teeth so that it can be worn immediately after teeth extraction. Immediate dentures are expensive than conventional Complete Dentures, as they require more adjustments during healing of Bone and Gums. Immediate Dentures also require skilled dentists, as there adjustment are very difficult.

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If you have a question, is there any replacement for these Denture stuff?

Answer is yes. You can have the choice of Dental Implants. But you should keep in mind Dental Implants are much expensive then Dentures. Dental Implants are way far better than Dentures, as implant is placed inside the bone, and if it is placed correctly it can be the best replacement of your missing tooth/teeth.

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Dentures are made in multiple visits. There are different steps for preparation of Dentures. There will series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them. After Impressions, Models will be made from that Impressions. Wax work will be done on those Working Models. Artificial Teeth will be set on Wax pattern then. After all these steps trial work will be done in your mouth so that placement of teeth, color, shape and and fit of the dentures can be assessed. If all these steps are successful then Wax will be replaced by Acrylic plastic.

Final Adjustment will be made on last visit.

Newly made Dentures can be awful for you, as their fit may not be good, or many more problems. You should keep in mind that you can face problems initially as it will be new in your mouth. It will take some time when you will be familiar it. New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. Also, it is not unusual for minor irritation or soreness to occur and for saliva flow to increase when you first start wearing dentures, but these problems will diminish as the mouth adjusts.

Dentures when made correctly can even improve your appearance and Smile. 🙂

Initially there will be difficulty in eating with Dentures, but with the passage of time it will become normal like natural teeth. To get used to the new denture, start with soft foods and chew on both sides of your teeth. You should avoid hard and sharp Foods initially. You should avoid sticky foods as well. Do not use tooth picks while wearing Dentures.

Initially it will be difficult to speak properly, so you should practice to pronounce words. It will again take some time. If you face the problem of Clicking of Denture you should contact your dentist. Also if you feel any difficulty while swallowing and smiling, you should contact your Dentist.

You have to wear your denture for full time including sleep time for initial few days, as it can identify the areas on the denture that may need adjustment. After initial adjustments you should remove denture before going to Bed.

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