Many people still consider dentures as an inevitable part of getting old. While it is the older people who get most of the dentures, some middle-aged and young people may also need them. There is no shame in getting dentures before your retirement. You might have no access to dental care when you were a child. Or Injuries and accidents that lead to tooth damage also call for dentures. Whatever the reason could be for you getting dentures, it is important that you know everything about it.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures, complete and partial dentures. You will get a complete denture when you have no teeth remaining. Your dentist will fix a partial denture when you still have some of your natural teeth.
The complete dentures can be conventional or immediate. Your dentist would set the conventional dentures around eight weeks after the removal of teeth. Dentists use the conventional type of complete dentures when your gums cannot support the dentures immediately and need time to heal.
On the other hand, your dentist would insert the immediate denture immediately after your tooth removal. Or in some cases, your dentist might wait for the next 24 hours before inserting the dentures. Immediate dentures help to control the post-op bleeding. It also helps to shape the healing gum socket tissues.
The partial dentures can be fixed or removable. You can take out the removable dentures during any time of the day for cleaning them. You must remove the dentures before you sleep at night. Your gums and bones will relax from withstanding the pressure of dentures.
Fixed partial dentures involve dental implants made from crowns that are fitted with the remaining teeth in the gum sockets. The crown is made from a material that resembles the teeth. Fixed dentures are expensive and stable than the removable ones. Most patients do not need fixed dentures.
What New Dentures Feel Like?
When you get your dentures, you will feel discomfort. You will feel soreness and minor irritation. The saliva flow will increase. You will fear your dentures slipping out while you eat or talk. It will take a few weeks until your cheeks’ muscle and tongue learn how to hold the dentures in place. You will then get comfortable with your dentures. You will be habitual of quickly removing and inserting the dentures.
Eating with New Dentures
As you know already, chewing and eating can be a little difficult in the first few weeks. You must start eating soft foods that are easy to chew. Cut the foods into small pieces before chewing. Chew properly using both the sides of your mouth.
Be careful with the hot and sharp-edged foods. You do not want any shells or bone sticking in your dentures. As you get used to of your dentures add normal foods. But avoid hard and sticky foods.
Will Dentures Make You Look Different?
Dentures are made out of acrylic material, making them look like natural teeth. Dentures will be noticeable if someone looks at you very carefully. Otherwise, they make a minor change in your appearance. Dentures can make your smile look better and pleasant.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost?
Most insurance companies cover all or some of the dental procedure costs. It is better to contact your company and know what specifics they have to offer regarding dental procedures.
Get the Perfect Dentures
Do you have missing teeth and are looking for a place to get dentures. We at Ideal Smiles Dental have the best dentists to make your experience comfortable. Contact us or call to book a free consultation at 718-535-1196.