Dentures are removable replacements for teeth and tissue that are either lost or missing. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures are used with the support of existing, natural teeth and tissue while complete dentures are used in a mouth without any teeth.
Why you might need dentures
There are a number of reasons you might need dentures. If you have shifting or loose teeth, have difficulty eating hard or chewy foods, or are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dentures might be a good option. Problems with digestion might also be a good reason to consider dentures: when teeth cannot properly break down or separate food, the stomach suffers from indigestion.
The process of getting dentures
Once you have met with your dentist and have decided that dentures are the right option for you, a denture specialist will make an impression of your jaw to measure how your jaws relate to one another.
The dentures are then formed to fit the exact shape of the jaw, and once a model is created, you’ll try it on and decide on the shape and color of the final product. When the final denture is cast, adjustments may be made if necessary. This process can take between three to six weeks.
Are dentures painful?
The actual use of dentures should not be painful once you are used to them in your mouth. However, if you need a tooth pulled to make room for your new dentures, you may experience some discomfort. One of the most important parts about getting your new dentures is to be patient. It may take a while to get used to depending on your age.