Aging, infectious diseases, and extensive damage can lead to the extraction of teeth and dentures may be needed. Although dentures feel uncomfortable in the mouth initially and are not natural teeth, today’s advanced denture designs have made wearing dentures extremely easy and convenient.
There are two major types of dentures- partial and complete. Heritage Oak Dental can help you with deciding which type is best, depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the cost involved.
How do dentures work?
With complete dentures, a flesh colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture sits snugly below the roof of your palate. The base of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to allow the tongue to have ample room to move around in your mouth without any interference from the denture. They act as replacements for missing teeth which can be removed and cleaned from time to time. At Heritage Oak Dental, dentures are custom made in a laboratory after taking impressions of your mouth for the best fit
Types of Dentures
The types of dentures most widely used are full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures have two subtypes based on the time of insertion of the denture.
1. Full dentures
Full dentures are those which replace all of your teeth and occupy the entire space inside your mouth.
a. Conventional Full dentures
A conventional full denture is placed inside the mouth to replace the extracted teeth once the tissues have healed. The healing process could take several weeks and if you choose to opt for this type of denture, then you will have to wait until your tissues have healed before you can have teeth again.
b. Immediate full dentures
These dentures are inserted in place of the extracted teeth immediately after the extraction process has been completed without allowing the tissues to heal completely. Due to this, these dentures need to be removed and relined every few months. The tissues change their shape during the healing process and that makes the denture loose. To ensure an optimum fit, experts at Heritage Oak Dental recommend having the dentures reshaped every few months. Immediate full dentures are the ideal choice as they ensure that you do not remain without teeth for any period of time.
2. Partial Dentures
Partial dentures rest on metal frameworks which are attached to your teeth. In case of damaged teeth, crowns are placed on top of the teeth to make the metal framework fit better.
How long do dentures last?
Dentures act as a complete replacement for your teeth and are subject to a number of wear and tear issues. Over time, even the best quality dentures from Heritage Oak Dental require relining and reshaping. As the patient grows older, the mouth changes its shape and the denture does not fit quite that well as it did when first inserted. At Heritage Oak Dental, we do not want our patients to experience any discomfort due to ill-fitting dentures and hence, we recommend coming into our clinics at least once a year to get the best fit from your dentures.
If your teeth are causing you undue trouble due to aging and other factors, it is time to consider getting them replaced with dentures. With Heritage Oak Dental’s exceptional knowledge and expertise, getting used to your new dentures will be hassle-free and you will be able to chew, bite and smile with the same confidence as you would with natural teeth.