What are dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for lost or missing teeth and tissue. The most important thing to know about dentures is that, while they may look like real teeth, they do not act like real teeth. Dentures come in two different types: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used to replace a mouth without any teeth while partial dentures are used with the support of existing natural teeth and tissue.
Reasons you might need dentures
People might need dentures for a number of different reasons including shifting or loose teeth, difficulty chewing certain foods, or missing teeth. Another reason for needing dentures could be indigestion: when teeth cannot properly chew and separate food, the stomach suffers.
What is the process of getting dentures?
After you have consulted with your dentist or prosthodontist and have decided that dentures are the right option for you, your denture specialist will first make impressions of your jaw, while measuring how your jaws relate to each other.
Next, the dentures are formed to fit the exact shape of the jaw. Once this model is made, you will try it on and decide on the color and shape for the final dentures. When the final denture is cast, final adjustments can be made if necessary; this process can take anywhere between 3-6 weeks.
Are dentures painful?
While the process of getting a tooth pulled may be uncomfortable, the actual use of dentures should not be painful once you’re used to them. The most important part about getting your new dentures is to be patient. It may take a while to get used to!