Dentures are one of the oldest methods of tooth replacement that have successfully stood the test of time. They date back to around 700 BC and were originally made from animal bone. They have come a long way since and are now commonly used around the world for people around the world of all ages who have missing teeth they would like to replace. They are created of prosthetic teeth attached to a plate that fits to the shape of your gums and are easily removable when required. Please read the below information to help decide if this procedure is the right option for you.
In the first appointment with your dental care professional to obtain dentures, your mouth will first be assessed for the suitability. Your gums and bone structure will need to be assessed to ensure that it is a viable option as each person’s facial structure and health is different. An impression of the gums will be made to ensure that the prosthetics fit directly with the structure of your gum. On occasion a tooth may require extraction prior to dentures being fitted. In this instance an interim immediate denture will be provided to ensure the health and healing of the exposed area post extraction.
When an imprint of the gums has been completed, this is then sent to a dental lab for the creation of the dentures. In the event that a toot was required to be removed, adequate healing time will need to be accounted for. This can often be between 6 to 12 months. It is important this is followed to ensure that your dentures can fit directly to the shape of your healed gum when inflammation and the healing process has been completed. The dentures will be removable yet resting or anchored to surrounding teeth to ensure the stability of the dentures within your mouth.
Recovery & Cost
As this is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time required other than if the extraction of a tooth was required. Having a new set of teeth in your mouth may take a little time adjusting to with regards to chewing, speaking and smiling but will overall have a great outcome when you are accustomed to them. The cost of dentures varies greatly dependent on a number of factors. These include how many teeth are requiring dentures, whether it be a full set being complete top and bottom teeth, whether a tooth is required to be extracted prior. You will receive a cost estimation upon your first consultation.
It is important that dentures are removed at night to ensure that your gums are able to be coated in your mouth’s natural saliva. This helps to ensure healthy gums through the body’s natural functions. Without this you may be putting yourself at greater risk of a gum and other oral diseases. Your dentures as well as your mouth and gums should be brushed when the dentures are removed at night with a soft bristle brush. This process should be repeated in the morning before installation to ensure there is no accumulation of plaque. Dentures should be soaked overnight in a cleansing solution which will be recommended by your dental health professional.