Having Perfect teeth isn’t as easy as 1,2,3. Growing up we’re always told to brush morning and night and keep away from sugary sweets and drinks. Easier said than done! Sometimes through no fault of our own, we lose teeth and are left with gaps.
The Idea of losing our teeth can be daunting; Afterall they don’t grow back twice! Don’t fret! It’s now 2018 and with Dentists being more enlightened than ever there are plenty of options available. So if you have a picture in your head of what you want, your dentist can probably match it.
Today I’m going to concentrate on Dentures.
I believe Dentures are misunderstood, especially by the younger generation. So, let me start by telling you what they really are. Dentures are artificial gums and teeth molded for you personally by your dentist to replace lost or removed natural teeth. They can be partial or full dentures depending on the number of teeth missing. Your Dentist will match them to the size and shade of your natural teeth.
Dentures aren’t just cosmetic. Think about it; your teeth affect the way you speak, chew and eat. Keep yourself well-nourished and enjoy your diet the way you want without worrying about too much chew.
So, let’s talk about the different dentures available.
Your dentist may recommend partial dentures when one or more teeth are missing and the surrounding teeth aren’t strong enough to support structures such as dental bridges. They are fitted to the gum line discretely so that they are comfortable and match perfectly. However, they are not permanently fixed so you’re able to take them out whenever you please to wash and clean them.
Full dentures replace all of your natural teeth. They are held in place by suction or dental adhesive. Full dentures are also easily removable.
There are alternatives available such as implants which are permanent artificial teeth and bridges which are fixed onto existing teeth and are a convenient way to fill in where a single or two teeth are missing.
The Stages and The Results
Dentures usually take multiple appointments to complete. Once your dentist is happy that your gums and soft tissue are healthy enough to support the dentures, they will take impressions.
At your first appointment, the dentist will discuss all cosmetic options such as size shape and shades available, then make a cast or mold of both the upper and lower gums. The impressions are then sent to the laboratory to create a base for your new dentures.
During the second visit your dentist will decide on the length of the new teeth that need to be fitted. This visit is concentrating on the alignment between your upper and lower jaw by fitting a temporary denture. This needs to be precise so that your new dentures will sit perfectly to look and feel great.
The third visit is where your dentist will replace the temporary dentures will the actual set. This step is to check that they fit comfortably, look right and are the right size. The dentures will then be sent to the laboratory for the last time to make any final adjustments.
At the end of your fourth visit, you will leave with your newly installed personally tailored dentures. You’ll be able to hold your head high and chew to your hearts content. So, forget about the stigma that dentures are just for senior citizens. They’re for anybody who wants that full healthy-looking smile and the ability to eat and speak without worry. Make your life easier with dentures.
Our next blog will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dentures and the materials available. If you have one or more missing teeth in your mouth and would like to know what options you have or if you are wearing ill-fitting dentures that were designed poorly or have become loose or worn down then please contact us ASAP on 01842 810 752 for a consultation with our one of our experienced dentists who are passionate about dentures and finding the right fit for you. We assure you that we will create a quality bespoke denture.