Also known as false teeth, dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. Your Antioch, CA dentist hopes that your teeth will last a lifetime but when this is not possible, we are here to offer you a number of options to restore oral function and appearance. Today, dentures are made with extremely high-quality and durable plastic thanks to advances in polymer science.
Types of Dentures
There is a wide variety of options available to denture patients including complete dentures, which are available to patients who are missing all or most of their teeth. These dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw while resting on the gums that cover the jawbone. For more secure dentures, these dentures can be attached to one or more tooth roots (overdenture) or to dental implants (implant overdenture). Some implant overdentures can be removed by the wearer and others can only be removed by a dental professional.
Partial dentures are only able to replace some missing teeth and attach to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or attachments. These dentures are also known as precision and semi-precision partial dentures. We know that there is a lot of options and information here, but don’t worry your Antioch, CA dentist will help you to decide which denture treatment is right for you!
Receiving Your Dentures
Before receiving your dentures, your dentist will need to go over a few things with you. Every individual patient will require different prerequisites to dentures, however here are a few things every patient can expect:
Impressions or molds of the contour of the mouth will be used as a model for the denture.
Extractions will be performed to remove any unhealthy or decaying teeth. This surgery requires several weeks of wait time for the mouth to heal before the dentures can be placed. For some patients, a temporary denture will be placed in the mouth on the same day of extractions and worn until the permanent denture is fitted.
Implant surgery will be performed for patients who are receiving implant overdentures. This surgery also requires several weeks of wait time for the mouth to heal before the dentures can be placed. For some patients, a temporary denture will be placed in the mouth on the same day of implant surgery and worn until the permanent denture is fitted.
Adjustments will be made to achieve the best possible fit and level of comfort once the dentures are placed.
Getting Used to Your Dentures
It may take some time to get used to the feel of your dentures. However, you’ll be able to eat, speak, and smile more comfortable once you are used to them. Upon receiving your dentures it is completely normal to expect:
An initial feeling of fullness in the mouth, face, lips, and/or cheeks
Temporary and minor changes to your speech
Tip: Speak slowly and enunciate words to quickly train the tongue and facial muscles
Changes in your chewing patterns while adjusting to the new jaw movements
Tip: Start with small pieces of soft food and gradually move on to firmer foods. Chew food on both sides of the mouth simultaneously with your back teeth. A small amount of denture adhesive may help to stabilize your dentures.