Dentures and What You Should Know about Them
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and the adjacent tissues. They are made out of acrylic resin, and sometimes employ various metals, as well. Dentures can be either partial or complete, meaning they can replace several or all of your teeth, depending on your dental needs. They can also be considered either conventional or immediate – placed after your mouth has been able to heal for several months, or immediately after any extractions.
The benefits of dentures are multiple. Those living with dentures have experienced improvements in their chewing and speech abilities. Dentures also provide support for facial muscles, thus improving your look overall.
The process of receiving dentures usually takes about one month, consisting of five appointments in total. Over the course of these appointments, an impression and wax bite are made. This is to ensure that your new dentures will not only fit comfortably in your mouth, but will also look and feel like your natural teeth. There will be what is called a “try-in”, to assure proper shape, fit, and color. Lastly, the final product is placed.
It is useful to know that it may take some time to get used to and adjust to your dentures. They may feel awkward and uncomfortable for the first few weeks, but these feelings will subside. Fortunately, it does not take much time to be able to begin speaking normally again – possibly only a few hours. It is, however, good to stick to soft foods until you are comfortable eating harder substances.
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