Dentures

Partial or complete removable set of teeth.

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Overview

The dentures are a removable set of teeth. They can be either partial or complete. Partial dentures are used when you still have some natural teeth left, and complete – when there is no sight of them anymore.

The procedure

You will first have to meet with a dentist. Then decide whether you need complete or partal dentures. For partial dentures the dentist will create for you a special plastic base in the cover of your gums. It may need metal framework to be held in place in the mouth. It is beneficial to you, as not only it fills the empty space with teeth, but it also keeps your natural teeth in one place and stops them from moving.

The complete dentures are a bit bigger thing. Don’t forget that this process takes a few weeks.

On the first visit to your dentist, a series of impressions of your teeth is created. Also your jaw is measured. Another thing measured is the way your jaws react to one another and how much space there is between them. Then a model will be make, which you will try for a few times. Each time the model will be finely tuned in order to fit you perfectly. After this has been achieved, it is time to cast the final denture. Then it is applied.

After the procedure

You will have to work on getting used to eating and speaking with them.

Your doctor may advise you to wear them constantly in the first few days, as well as when you sleep. This is done in order to see if there are areas that are not properly adjusted. After the final adjustment is done you will be allowed to take them off while you sleep. Your dentist will provide you with other necessary information as to how to adapt to your dentures.

You will have to start with softer foods first. Make sure to cut them to small pieces and chew slowly for the first few days, using the right and left side of your mouth, as you have to get used to the feeling. When you are feeling okay, you may return to your normal food.

Also make sure to not eat anything too hard or too sticky.

You should practice any difficult words (if there are such) by pronouncing them out loud.

Be aware that dentures might fall when you cough or laugh. You should place them back by gently bighting down. If this is a constant problem you should call your dentist. If the problem persists, you may have to need new dentures.

Don’t forget to apply only a small amount of adhesive at first in order to achieve a best result. Start small and then carefully increase the adhesive put before you reach a level in which you feel comfortable. You must place the adhesive evenly on the denture and make sure the surface is always clean.

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