Dentures are the artificial teeth and gums that work as the perfect replacements for your natural teeth, and dentists customize them to each patient’s needs.
However, it’s crucial to have dentures with a comfortable, uniform fit as they tend to loosen with use. This can lead to dental problems like sores, ulceration, food impaction and infection. Further, bones and gums tend to recede from the denture base with ageing, reducing its support and retention. (A denture base is that part of your denture that rests on the foundation areas and to which teeth are attached.) Adjusting your dentures can make performing regular activities like chewing, talking, laughing or smiling easier.
You will need time to adjust to your new dentures. And since everyone’s mouth is unique, dentures need to be customized. Your dentist will take exact measurements of your mouth to make sure your new artificial teeth conform perfectly to its grooves and contours.
Despite this customization, your dentures need to be adjusted after you’ve put them in. The primary reason is that not all areas of your mouth can tolerate the same amount of pressure. And even though the denture base may only apply slight pressure to some parts of your mouth, it may be too much. Adjusting dentures properly ensures that you don’t face discomfort while wearing them.
Beyond making sure your new dentures fit perfectly, your dentist can also give tips to help you adjust to them, such as suggesting methods to soothe gum discomfort. These include:
Some Facts to Remember:
● Dentures can be adjusted if they no longer fit your mouth properly.
● Do not use a DIY kit to get rid of denture defects.
● Don’t use over-the-counter glues on your dentures if they crack, break or chip.
● Contact your dentist immediately for any denture adjustments or repairs.
● Dentures may need to be occasionally relined, rebased or remade for a better fit. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
Dentists offer various ways to replace a missing tooth, such as a denture, bridge or implant. If they advise dentures, there are multiple options available, each serving its own purpose.
Let’s look at these choices:
Also known as complete dentures, these removable devices consist of upper and lower sets. They are usually made of porcelain or acrylic, with the base made of acrylic or metal. These dentures are especially useful when you have lost most or all of your teeth.
Upper and lower partial dentures are meant to fill the gap caused by missing teeth. These dentures can be removed or unclipped easily, and are suitable if you’ve lost only a small number of teeth.
Also known as immediate dentures because they can be fitted right after teeth are removed, they substitute perfectly for natural teeth, especially if your permanent dentures need adjusting.
This type of partial denture is made from a thin thermoplastic such as nylon but is more comfortable than other removable partial dentures. Additionally, as they don’t have any metal parts, you can achieve a more natural smile.
Dental implants resemble the roots of teeth and are surgically placed into the jawbone for a natural fit.
These have a crown secured to your implants in the jawbone that is fixed with screws.
These can be quickly snapped on and off of surgically-inserted dental implants in the jawbone. Thanks to their secured fastening, you will have no trouble chewing your favourite foods.
These help surgically cement a crown to your remaining natural teeth in case of missing ones.
Your dentist may recommend these in case of a missing molar or if you don’t have a tooth on one side of it to support the bridge.
You can feel the difference when you get dentures. Your dental specialist will not only customize them for a perfect fit but take care of adjustments to ensure that inconveniences are minimized.