Dentures

DenturesFull dentures would not be any person’s first choice if given the choice.  But having something in your mouth to support the other structures in your mouth and face is very, very important.

A set of dentures is either a replacement for some missing teeth in one section of your mouth, in multiple sections, or full reinstatement of your teeth.  They are not real teeth, and will probably never feel like real teeth, but they can change your life.

It does take time to get used to partial dentures and full dentures, however, it is worth the effort.  You will be able to eat a more extensive variety of foods and that is important to your health.  As written in the lead paragraph, they also perform  the important function of support the structures of your mouth and face.  Having teeth even affects how the skin around your mouth hangs.

Full dentures fit entirely over your gums.  The well where your gums will hold the dentures are the color of the flesh of your gums.  The base of the dentures which will fit your upper palate covering the entirety of the roof of your mouth.  The lower full set is the shape of a horseshoe as there must be room made for your tongue.

The only way to properly size a set of dentures is to make an impression of your mouth.  This is done as it would be for a full set of braces.

A conventional set of dentures involves the removal of all of the teeth in one’s mouth.  The areas affected must be left to heal, so denture placement is not immediate.  Then there is a denture which can be worn immediately.  That is for patients who only have a few remaining teeth.  Healing is minimal, but a new denture will have to be at a later date because the bone will change shape as it heals.

Lastly, there is a partial denture.  This will sit on a metal framework that will attach to the natural teeth.  Often a crown is needed to serve as anchors to hold the denture.  A partial denture can be removed, however, a bridge, which a permanent partial, can not be removed.

It takes time and practice to get to speaking and eating with dentures.  It also takes time for the muscles of your tongue and your cheeks to learn to hold the dentures in place.  Often there can be more saliva.  You can also experience irritation, but Dr. Rapoport will address these issues and any others that arise.

Dentures are not real teeth.  They will wear and will need to be replaced.  Caring for your full or partial dentures according to the instructions the dentist outlines is going to keep them in good condition longer.  Treat them carefully and use only products designed for use with dentures.  Each mouth is different and each set unique.  Always follow the directions of Dr. Rapoport before treatment begins, during the course of treatment, and after your dentures are put in place, and all her after-care instructions.

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