Dentures are removable oral prosthetics for replacing missing teeth. They are meant to mimic natural teeth are made from porcelain, ceramic, or acrylic since these materials resemble your teeth’s natural color. However, patients can also opt for purely functional dentures made from cobalt and chromium. Dentures replace missing teeth to restore your smile, allowing normal eating and the proper articulation of words.
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The first step in getting dentures is consulting the dentist, in this case, Dr. Sinha. They’ll examine your teeth and oral cavity to decide whether dentures are a good option for you. In cases of severe decay, they might take X-rays to check the extent of the decay. If you get the green light you can move to the next step.
The second step involves the dentist taking impressions of your teeth and mouth using a custom tray and a wax bite. These impressions will form the design basis for the mold that’ll create your dentures. You’ll work with the dentist to determine the color, shape, and size of your dentures.
The dentist will design your denture and invite you to try it on. This ”try-in” dental appointment involves your trying on a wax-based denture to see how they fit and whether the colors match your current teeth. You may need several of these appointments before you find perfect fitting dentures for your mouth.
The dentist will make tiny alterations to the dentures to ensure they fit perfectly. You’ll have to try them on to determine whether they fit and feel comfortable. If they do, you can wear them home until the next visit. You’ll also receive advice on how to maintain your dentures and dates for follow-up appointments.
Complete dentures are dentures that fit both your upper and lower jaw. These dentures are ideal if you have missing teeth in both jaws. The dentist will determine whether you need full dentures, depending on how many teeth you have on each jaw. Full dentures allow your jaw and mouth to work properly and restore your facial features.
Partial dentures are suitable for people with a couple of missing teeth on either jaw. You must have healthy gums and considerable jaw bone mass to qualify for these dentures. After the initial consultation, your perfectly fitting dentures will be ready in 6 to 8 weeks.
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Dentures are temporary prosthetics that only last for about seven to ten years before they need replacement. How well you care for your dentures plays a crucial part in determining their longevity. However, low-quality or poorly installed dentures will have short lifespans regardless of how well you take care of them.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is still important even if you have dentures.
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