As one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement, dentures are affordable and durable and can improve a person’s overall functionality. However, like any other oral appliance, dentures are also prone to taking damage. Damaged dentures are not the end of the world, but they should be repaired or replaced so that they can do…
Are Dentures Natural-looking?
If you are missing many or all of your teeth, dentures could be the right treatment choice. Without teeth, you will have difficulty eating or speaking. You may even struggle in social situations because of your appearance. Your dentist can help you overcome these issues by equipping you with artificial teeth.
Why people get dentures
Teeth are meant to last a person’s lifetime. The enamel layer of a tooth is the hardest substance of the body. Still, teeth are susceptible to breakage under heavy force. Decay and infection can also lead to tooth loss. When teeth are so badly damaged that the dentist is unable to restore them through other methods, extraction may be necessary. Accidents may also cause a hard blow to the face, dislodging teeth. For many patients, getting dentures makes the most sense to provide long-term function in the mouth.
How dentures work
Dentures consist of an acrylic gum-colored base and artificial teeth. The teeth are made of metal and covered in plastic. The appliance fits over the patient’s gums, though some styles may attach to dental implants. One of the most appealing factors of this apparatus is that it appears as natural teeth. The dentist will work hard to make sure the artificial teeth have the right shape and color.
Most dentures are removable, which allows the patient to keep up on regular maintenance and take out the appliance for cleaning.
Benefits of dentures
People with several missing teeth or who have no teeth can feel embarrassed about their appearance. It can be difficult being in social situations, smiling or speaking in public. Dentures give the person a full smile once again. The appliance closely matches actual teeth that it is difficult for someone else to detect that it is artificial. By wearing dentures, the patient has full mouth function and can enjoy favorite foods.
Before getting dentures, the dentist may have to pull damaged or decayed teeth. This will occur at the same time the dentist takes X-rays and impressions in preparation for getting the appliance. A technician takes the impressions and makes the customized apparatus. At a subsequent appointment, the dentist fits the dentures to the patient’s mouth and tests the bite.
Dentures should last 20 years or longer, especially if the person takes good care of them. Daily brushing is critical. The patient should use a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush. It is also important to rinse off the dentures after eating. Before retiring for the night, the person should soak the appliance in a solution.
Look natural again
With dentures, you can put an end to your toothless smile and enjoy a mouthful of teeth once more. If you have been suffering from pain or have had self-esteem issues because of missing teeth, this appliance can be the right solution. Regardless of how long you have been without teeth, talk to your dentist about getting this appliance in your mouth. You will love the natural appearance and the peace of mind knowing you can have the full function of your mouth.
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