A Primer On Dentures
A Primer On Dentures
You may have been told that you need dentures, whether it’s because you’re missing a significant number of your own teeth, or dentures may just be the most economical option for your specific needs. Regardless, it might help to learn more about dentures and how fittings are performed, as well as what you can expect as you incorporate the use of dentures into your day-to-day life. First of all, it should be noted that in getting dentures, you’re not necessarily committing your smile to any specific look or impression. Dentures are modifiable and can be adjusted to suit your taste and style.
There are four main goals that dentures serve to meet. They are:
1. Aid in chewing (mastication) - Dentures are intended to replace natural teeth for the purpose of chewing food and keeping normal jaw movements aligned.
2. Aesthetics - Getting dentures changes how a person’s smile looks, and they can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth that have been severely damaged, neglected or simply have fallen out for other reasons.
3. Pronunciation - Having dentures can make the pronunciation of words and sentences more natural-sounding. Having a correctly-fitted set of dentures will make speech much crisper and easier to understand.
4. Self-esteem - Being confident when smiling or speaking is almost as important as oral health itself. For some people, having a natural-looking set of dentures means the difference between being comfortable speaking in a crowd or not.
To best meet each of these goals, it’s an important best practice to have an impression made of the patient’s upper and lower jaw ridges before fabricating the dentures themselves. These ridges are also known as the mandibular and maxillary ridges - they’re what used to support the natural teeth. After obtaining this impression, the denturist will create the dentures using a synthetic material called acrylic (other materials may also be used). Acrylic is widely used in other industrial applications because of its remarkable hardness and ability to be precision-formed.
A good set of well-crafted dentures can last for decades. They will need cleaning and relining with time, but this is something that can be fairly easily done by a dentist or denturist, and many repairs and relines can be completed in just a few hours. It might be a little daunting to think about making the leap to using dentures instead of your own natural teeth (or what is left of them), but after just a few days of living with dentures can make a believer out of virtually anyone who is a good candidate for them.