The days of having a false set of teeth carved out of wood are long gone. In today’s world, people who have lost their teeth have much better and more effective options. While most people have heard of complete dentures, they probably don’t know much about them. The most common way that a complete set of dentures is pictured is in a glass by the side of the bed. That may not be the most appealing thought and it gives complete dentures a bad name.
Why Get Complete Dentures
Different from partial dentures, a complete set of dentures is designed to replace one or both tiers of your teeth. They come in top, bottom or full sets of dentures. The dentures can replace teeth that have been lost due to disease or through an accident. They replace the look and the function of the natural teeth that are no longer available. When dentures are in place, a person can do the things he or she wants to do. They can eat the foods they want and they don’t have to worry about what they look like when they are smiling.
Complete dentures are the most affordable way to replace the loss of all of the natural teeth. They are also one of the easiest ways to do this. The cost of the care for a complete set of dentures is fairly low and they can last a long time when properly cared for. A complete set of dentures is often the best option because of the combination of their function, their look and their cost.
How are Dentures Made?
It is always a good idea to know what is involved when having a procedure done at the dentist. Getting dentures is no different. The more you know, the easier it is to do. Complete dentures can be made in two forms. They can be immediate and they can be conventional.
The first step is to make sure that all of the teeth are removed. This may require the extraction of any of the remaining teeth. Conventional dentures require the gums to heal from the removal of teeth before they are made. Immediate dentures will be made before the teeth are removed and put into place right away. Immediate dentures will have to be adjusted several times as the gum heal to make sure they fit properly.
Making either type of denture requires a few visits to the dentists. During those visits, the dentist will take an impression of the jaw and they will measure the jaw and how each part of the jaw relates to each other in addition to the space between the jaws. Once the impression has been made, a wax model will be created. This will be tested in place to see how it fits. The wax allows for adjustments to be made to make sure the dentures will fit properly. Once the fit is established, the dentist will make an assessment for color and shape and then the final cast of the complete set of dentures can be made. Follow up appointments will be needed to make any adjustments in the way the dentures fit and work.
It can take a while to get used to the feel of a complete set of dentures. They are a foreign substance in the mouth and the brain will have to adjust. It also takes time to get used to taking care of the dentures. With some effort, wearing and caring for the dentures will become a routine and the benefits of having a full set of teeth can be enjoyed.
Dentures can be anchored to the jaw using dental implants. This helps them work and feel more like your real teeth.