What You Need to Know About Dentures

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in denture procedures allowing for a much more comfortable and personalized product to be implanted in patient’s palates. What kind of dentures you may consider depends on your needs, your gum health, and also your budget. Today, dentures do not just need to be something clunky that you only slip in when eating. Now, denture sets look quite real and have been engineered to offer a natural feeling that allows the wearer to forget they are even wearing them. However, there are some things that one needs to know about the denture procedure so they are prepared and can get the best fitting and longest lasting results.

1.    Kinds of Denture Options.
a.    Conventional Full Denture: This set is implanted once all remaining teeth have been removed and the mouth has fully healed. This procedure is optimal for patients with persistent tooth decay and loss.

Recovery: Dentures cannot be inserted until all teeth have been removed and the gums have healed. This healing can take months, during which period the patient will be without teeth until the implant.

b.    Partial Denture: This procedure has the dentures rest on support bars that are attached to remaining teeth. This procedure is ideal for patients whose remaining teeth are healthy and strong.

Recovery: Dentures cannot be inserted until the areas where selected teeth were removed have healed. This usually takes a shorter recovery time than the full denture, however, the patient will need to be without new teeth until the gums have healed.

c.    Dental Retained Implant Dentures: This procedure requires the implantation of a dental implant with a ‘ball’ on it. This ball works like a trailer hitch and the dentures will attach to it in order to be put in place. With this procedure, dentures are more stable and more easily removable than traditional dentures.

Recovery: The dentures cannot be implanted until the ‘ball’ implant has healed. This can take about 3 months. The dentures may cause some discomfort as they will be on the gums and can rub occasionally.

d.    Dental Implant Supported Dentures: During this procedure, a small metal bar is implanted onto which the dentures can attach. The denture does not actually touch the gums with this procedure and the dentures are removable.

Recovery: Dentures cannot be inserted until the metal bar has healed in the mouth. This can take a few months. These dentures do not rest on the gums, thus they do not cause soreness.

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2.    Expected Side Effects:

After getting dentures, your jaw muscles will need to adjust to the new weight and feel of the new set of teeth. It can take several weeks or months, but the jaw will realign itself. During this period, patients can expect to have slight trouble pronouncing some words. Also, your tongue needs to get used to the renovated space in your mouth, and so, you may experience some changes in your saliva flow. Also, over time, as you age, your mouth naturally changes shape so your dentures may loosen over a long period of time.

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3.    Emotional Effects:

Once the initial discomfort of adjusting to the dentures has passed, many patients report feeling more confident and comfortable in their new smiles. For many, their dentures look healthier than their natural teeth had looked. This makes people more likely to smile and laugh openly, which in turn, results in people smiling back. It may come as a surprise, but this increase in smiling and laughing and reciprocation can improve the emotional well-being of the patient.

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