Are you thinking of getting dental dentures? These are removable replacements for your lost or missing teeth. Modern dentures look very similar to the rest of your teeth and fit well once attached to your gum. However, before you plan a visit to the dentist for a denture, there are important things you should know.
1- The Different Types of Dentures
The type of denturessuitable for you depends on the situation of your gums. If you have lost all teeth, the dentist will recommend full dentures. When fitting dentures on the upper jaw, a flesh colored acrylic base covers the gum and the top of your mouth. For the lower jaw, the base is shaped like a horseshoe to avoid covering your tongue. When fitting full dentures, the dentist extracts any left teeth. For an accurate fitting, the dentist takes measurements to ensure he gets the perfect size to fit your gums.
Partial dentures are fixed where just a few teeth are missing. The dentist attaches the dentures to natural teeth in different ways. A metal clasp can be used to provide a grip to natural teeth. Partial dentures can also be joined to the crowns on natural teeth using a precision attachment.
Implant- supported dentures are attached to implants extending outward from the gums. This requires a surgical procedure that may take more than one visit to your dentist. This type of dentures is stable than the conventional type that would be more likely to fall off.
Your dentist will evaluate the best type to suit you depending on how many teeth you have lost. The position of your gap is also important as it determines the most suitable procedure and the type of dentures you need.
2- Maintenance of Dentures
Dentures act like real teeth hence require care. Cleaning your teeth at least twice a day will prevent infections and gum inflammation caused by bacteria build up. Ensure you use the right cleaning agent for your dentures. It is important to note that some cleaners damage dentures with soft lining. If metal clasps are used when fitting dentures, you should use a cleaner which is safe for metal. Denture Cleaners should not contain bleaching agents as they may deteriorate over time.
Dentures are subject to staining by certain products such as food colors. Taking too much coffee or tea can also stain to your dentures. You should contact your dentist if you notice any form of discoloration.
If your dentures happen to get loose or fall off, do not try to repair them yourself. Bending the clasps or metal attachments weakens them. You should visit your dentist to fix any abnormality with your dentures.
It is advisable to remove your dentures before you go to bed. Leaving them on during sleep can cause irritation and predispose your gums to infections. During this time, you should soak the dentures in the cleaner solution to prevent cracking or warping. This also helps to kill germs that result from the accumulation of food particles.
You will need to schedule regular visits to your dentist to check the condition of your dentures. The examination will help prevent any problem that may arise such as tartar buildup, cracking or warping.
Fitting dentures is a dental procedure like any other. The cost will depend on the number of dentures you need, any underlying dental problem and the fixing process. Before the procedure, you will need to plan for several doctor visits as well as additional investigations that your doctor may suggest.
If you have other dental problems, you doctor may recommend x-rays which will add up to your total expenditure. The cost may rise if the dentist extracts one or more of your teeth. If you require Implant-supported dentures, you will have added costs for several visits before the process is complete. You also need to consider anesthesia cost before you plan to get dentures.
In conclusion, you will find various types of dentures. Discuss the available options for your condition. Ask your dentist about the procedure, the length of time it will take and how long you will need to wait to heal. Inquire from your provider about how to maintain dentures and consider the cost implications of the procedure to plan accordingly.