Missing teeth can harm the overall health of a person. The first effect is that it can affect your self-image. You may feel less confident and less attractive to others, leading to depression or low self-esteem.
The second effect is that it can affect speech and eating, as chewing food requires a set of muscles to work together that are not in place when there are no teeth present.
Missing teeth can affect social interactions because people cannot smile or laugh properly without teeth, which leads to difficulties in communicating with others. Missing teeth can affect the jawbone and cause facial deformation if left untreated.
It is crucial to replace the missing teeth to improve your appearance and restore your oral health. We have several teeth replacement options like dentures in Shavertown, ON, that can help restore the missing teeth.
What are Dental Dentures?
Dental dentures are prosthetic devices placed over natural teeth to replace missing teeth. They can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, or combinations thereof.
Dental dentures can be classified into two types: partial and full dentures
- Partial dentures
A partial denture covers the missing teeth in the upper arch of your mouth. They are usually made from metal, plastic, or porcelain.
- Full dentures
Full dental prosthetics replace all the teeth in your mouth. They are made with a metal framework fixed to the teeth using a screw and covered with acrylic or porcelain.
Full dental dentures can be made to look natural and blend in with your natural teeth. They also provide an excellent solution for people who have lost all their teeth or need to replace their old dentures with a new set.
These dentures are categorized into two complete or immediate. Immediate dental dentures are prefabricated in the dental office and are fixed immediately after the teeth are extracted. These dentures facilitate healing, but only temporarily as you wait for the fixed ones to be made.
Complete dental dentures are fixed 12 weeks after extraction, and the gums have healed.
How Are the Dentures Fixed?
The dental dentures procedure takes several months to be fixed. The dentist starts the process by determining if you are a candidate for dental dentures. He will take impressions of your jaw and measure how the jaws relate to each other. The dentist will create a cast of your jaw in the exact pattern, and you will fit them to ensure that it is the correct size.
The dentures are assessed for the correct color and shape, and the final cast is made.
How Long Do the Dental Dentures Last?
The lifespan of dental dentures depends on the material used, how well they are cared for, and how many times they have been removed and replaced. The average lifespan is between two and five years.
When Do Dental Dentures Need a Repair?
The dentures can get damaged and worn out and will need replacement. You will also need to visit the dentist regularly to have the dentures realigned.
If you have a dental denture, you must be aware of the signs that it needs to be replaced.
Dental dentures are made of acrylic, and they can deteriorate over time. Some other signs that your dental denture needs to be replaced include:
- There is a change in the way your dentures fit
- Your dentures are cracked or chipped
- Pain and discomfort when chewing
- Gum soreness
How to Care for the Dental Dentures?
Dental dentures are made of acrylic resin, and the material is durable. However, it is still important to take care of them.
The best way to care for dental dentures is to clean them regularly with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Use a water flosser to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Back Mountain Dental for more information on dental dentures and what you can expect during and after the dentures are made.