Dentures are false teeth that are fixed or removable replacements for teeth. Tooth replacement is suggested when the tooth and its roots have been damaged beyond repair, and the tooth has been lost or must be removed.
Historically, a number of materials have been in use for the replacement of lost teeth. In ancient times, animal teeth and pieces of bone were used as replacement materials.
With the advent of latest technology, the materials used to make artificial teeth and techniques for affixing them in the mouth have gone through a sea of change. With synthetic plastic resins and lightweight metal alloy teeth denture treatment can look more natural and become more durable. Better design has resulted in dentures that provide more comfortable and efficient chewing.
Loss of teeth impacts chewing of food and also affects the aesthetics of the person by altering the lip and cheek appearance. When a lost tooth is not replaced there is a tendency for the adjacent and opposing teeth to move into the empty space created by the lost teeth. Thus the person's occlusion or bite is altered. In addition the loss of teeth causes shrinkage of the bone at that area. In order to avoid all these problems it is advisable to replace lost teeth by artificial dentures.
Complete Dentures Replace all the Teeth Partial Dentures Replace a few Teeth
A new type of denture gaining popularity is the Implant Retained Denture that can be used to replace some or all teeth. This type of denture comprises metallic implants that are embedded into the bone and give support for artificial teeth.
Dentists advise all the patients to always rinse the dentures thoroughly under running water. Other cleaning methods to be practiced are as follows:
When handling your dentures do so over a sink filled with water. This will cushion them should they slip and fall. When your dentures are being cleaned, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Brush your upper and lower jaw ridges and tongue with a soft bristle tooth brush. Finger massaging of the ridges is also helpful.
Appearance of some sore spots in your new dentures is not unusual. These will be taken care of by your dentist during the first few adjustment appointments. As time goes by changes in your jaws or your occlusion (bite) may also cause sore spots which can be relieved.
Practice, practice, practice! Initially, some of you may have incoherent speech. Be patient, your speech will improve. Practice reading aloud until your speech is clean and natural.
Sudden bursts of air such as coughing, sneezing and laughing, wide opening of the mouth during yawning, or extreme tongue movements, can dislodge even the best dentures. Avoid these movements or place your hand over your mouth.
Use denture pastes and powders only as directed by your dentist.
Dentures can be regarded as the best dentistry treatment option for people who cannot choose dental implants or the orthodontic treatment for reasons like age or health conditions. Dentures can also fulfill the need of a cosmetic dental treatment giving the patient a better appearance, better look and their confidence back.