If you are over 50, the chance that you may need dentures is increasing. Many people have partial dentures that replace a small number of teeth, while others have full sets of dentures that replace all of the upper teeth, lower teeth or both.
What are Dentures
Dentures, or false teeth are removable replacements for natural teeth. They are made of an acrylic material with the occasional addition of porcelain and even metal. False teeth are made to look as much like the gums and teeth as possible.
Partial dentures fill the space by missing a few teeth, while full ones replace all of the teeth. Partial dentures can be used to keep the rest of the teeth from shifting.
Dentures are made in temporary and permanent styles. The temporary denture is provided for the patient the day all of the teeth are removed. It can act like a bandage and keep the tooth removal sites from bleeding. The temporary or “immediate” denture stays in the mouth for two to three months until the area has fully healed. Then the permanent dentures are provided.
If the site still hasn’t healed, the dentist may make you wait longer for your permanent dentures.
Who Needs False Teeth?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth and doesn’t want a dental implant should have a partial denture. It improves the appearance and keeps the rest of the teeth from shifting position in the mouth.
Those who lose too many teeth for partial dentures to be practical are advised to have full dentures. The remaining teeth on the top, bottom or both are pulled and dentures are created. While we mentioned people over 50, you don’t have to be old to need false teeth.
Dentures can, however, be a humbling experience for many. They can feel a great sense of loss and even feel inferior because they no longer have their original teeth. However, that feeling usually passes fairly quickly and patients are happy with their new sets of teeth.
To learn more, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500.