How often do you think about your teeth? If your teeth are working properly, it can be easy to forget about them. You may find that you eat and drink throughout the day without giving your teeth a second thought. However, once your teeth have been lost or damaged, it may become impossible to complete many tasks that previously seemed so simple. In some cases, a partial denture can be a good solution to bridge a gap where there used to be teeth. However, on many occasions, fitting complete dentures is the most effective solution.
Obtaining correctly fitted dentures
The first step in obtaining dentures is always to speak with your dentist. Your dentist will be familiar with any treatment you have already received and can advise you on the best option for your mouth. Working with your dentist will ensure that your new dentures will fit perfectly. Complete dentures can be either nylon or acrylic and should fit snugly over your jawbone and gums. If the dentures don't fit properly, they can become loose and fall out of your mouth, causing you inconvenience and embarrassment.
Often, complete dentures for the top or lower jaw will be fitted as soon as the teeth have been removed. However, there may be times when your jaw must be allowed time to heal before the denture is fitted.
How long will a new denture last?
It is important to talk to your dentist about your expectations for your new denture. The dentist can explain what you will be able to eat with the denture and how long they generally last. If the denture is fitted soon after your teeth have been removed, it's likely that the surviving bone and gum will alter their shape to adapt to their new circumstances, and the denture will soon need to be relined to ensure that a good fit is maintained.
Why does a denture matter?
Perhaps you think that a new denture is not needed and you are content to manage without one, but this is not a good idea. You may manage to eat without a denture, but a lack of teeth can cause other problems. Without teeth, you may have difficulty with speech and making yourself understood. Missing teeth can also cause the shape of your face to alter in ways that you may not like. It is far better to work with a qualified clinical dental technician or dentist to restore the appearance of your teeth.
For more information about complete dentures, contact a local dentist.