Dentures are made with acrylic resin and are described as removable replacements for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Candidates for dentures are people who have lost most or all of their teeth. Dentures will improve your chewing ability, speech, and support for your facial muscles as well as greatly enhance your facial appearance and smile.
How Dentures Are Made
From beginning to end, the denture process includes several appointments over the course of one month. First there is an initial diagnosis for patients who need dentures, followed by an appointment where the dentist takes an impression of your jaw, utilizing special materials to determine vertical dimensions as well as proper jaw position. The color or shade of your natural teeth will also be determined to ensure the dentures match.
The dental laboratory then creates a mold of your jaw where in the next appointment, it is placed in your mouth to ensure proper color, shape and fit. Any adjustments will also be made during this time. The denture is then completed at the dental laboratory utilizing a mold of the try-in denture made with wax. The wax is removed and the remaining space is filled with pink plastic. The mold is then heated to harden the plastic, polished and the dentures are now ready for you to wear.
Types of Dentures in Chicago
There are a few types of dentures to choose from depending on your specific needs. Complete dentures replace all of your teeth with either a full denture on the upper or lower jaw or both. These dentures are called conventional or immediate according to when they are made and inserted into your mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth, which is advantageous as this ensures that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Conventional dentures are only inserted into your mouth once the tissues have healed which could take anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Partial dentures are removable and fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. They fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, preventing the natural teeth from changing position. These partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to either pink or gum-colored plastic bases. It attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments which are nearly invisible providing more aesthetic of people.
Tips on Caring For Your Dentures
Start out by wearing your dentures at all times as this provides the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment.
Eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces and chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture.
Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
Brush the denture with a special denture brush daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, although hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used to clean dentures as well.
At night, place the denture in a soaking solution or water as it could lose its proper shape if not kept moist.
Be sure to adjust the denture when necessary as the mouth naturally changes affecting the fit of the denture which may cause various mouth problems including sores or infections.