Many people have questions about dentures. Here are some answers.
Dentures are the medical name for false teeth. They may also be referred to as prosthetic devices. There are two main types called “immediate” and “conventional.” Dentures are replacements for the entire set of teeth rather than one or a few. Portions of dental prosthetics are sometimes referred to as bridges. Many people are curious about these devices. Here are some frequently asked questions along with the answers.
- Why do people lose their teeth? An individual may have lost theirs due to tooth decay, gum disease or an accident or injury. After many have fallen out, the remaining ones must be removed to prepare for this device. After all are removed, there is a healing period which will need to occur.
- Why the healing period? The mouth has been through some trauma, both from the decay, disease and injuries; pulling the remaining ones will also have an impact on the oral systems. During the healing period, the tissues and bones will shift somewhat into recovery.
- What is the difference between “immediate” and “conventional?” The conventional types are those which aren’t placed until six to eight weeks after removal of the remaining teeth and the original measurements are taken. The immediate varieties are placed right away as measurements were taken before the removal occurred.
- Which type is preferable? Both “immediate” and “conventional” have pros and cons. The pro of the first type is that the patient will not have to go toothless. The con of the first sort is that the healing will shift the surfaces and the set may have to be readjusted. The pro of the second type is that they will fit well in the recovered mouth. The con is that the patient will have to remain toothless for a couple of months.
- Will they hurt? It’s natural for a new medical prosthesis to take some getting used to. It may feel awkward and a bit sore initially. After the gums and tissue adjusts, it should be comfortable. If it still hurts, the dentist may have to make some adjustments.
- Will other people be able to tell? Modern day devices are designed to appear extremely natural. This is true in terms of appearance and functionality. Most people will not be able to tell the difference.
- How will food be chewed? The eating process will take some getting used to but after an adjustment period, the wearer should be able to eat normally.
- What about speaking? Certain letters and words are more difficult to pronounce and annunciate than others. With a bit of practice, speaking should occur naturally and be fine.
- Should dentures be brushed just like before? Oral health care routines must still be tended to including brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and caring for gums, palette and tongue. Regular trips to the dentist must be scheduled in order to perform routine exams and diagnostics.
Dentures can give a person back their smile after tooth loss has occurred due to decay, disease or injuries. Dentistry has come a long way over the years, providing patients with improved products. Today’s dental prosthesis is comfortable, natural looking and functional.