Dentures or False Teeth
Dentures (or false teeth) are used when a patient has lost some or all of their teeth due to an accident, tooth decay or other teeth and gum disease. Dentures can replace the teeth as they completely resemble the natural teeth and gum. At United Dental Care, full dentures are placed in the mouth after the extraction of the remaining teeth and after the tissues have completely healed. If only some of the teeth are missing, partial dentures will be used. Thanks to today’s advancement in dental material and techniques, these false teeth look just like the natural teeth and can give you more confidence and a more beautiful smile.
Unfortunately dentures won’t last forever. Our jaws change; the bones are gradually reabsorbed by the body, so your old dentures won’t fit in anymore. To prevent this from happening, you have to get them adjusted every once in a while and get new dentures built for your every five to seven years.
Dentures are either made of plastic or porcelain. Porcelain dentures are more popular among the patients as they wear less and look more like natural teeth. Dentists, on the other hand, prefer plastic dentures. That’s because porcelain dentures, unlike plastic dentures, do not bond chemically with the base and have to be mechanically placed on the base, which is why they tend to pop out after some time.
It’s hard in the beginning to get used to dentures, but after some time the tongue and muscles learn how to keep them in place. As they are made to look like natural teeth, not only they don’t make any noticeable change, they might even improve your smile. Also, be careful eating with them in the beginning, avoid very hot or cold food, chewing gum or sticky food until you get used to them.
Denture adhesives are used for people who have dry mouth conditions and patient who need to feel more secure. Make sure you use the adhesives as directed and with the minimum amount needed. Do not use your dentures if you feel they are loose, uncomfortable, you have grown an allergy to them, or you have not visited your doctor in a long time and the dentures might need adjusting.