For tooth loss, dentures can be the right option. If you have lost permanent teeth, you may be embarrassed about your smile and appearance. It may also be difficult to chew, and it could even affect your speech. If your dentist has suggested getting dentures, you should understand the benefits of this treatment and how the process works. It is also helpful to know how you can prepare to get them.
An overview of dentures
People have worn dentures for centuries, though this appliance has changed and improved over the decades. A set includes a gum-colored acrylic base and artificial teeth. The teeth are made either of metal covered in plastic or a material such as porcelain or ceramic. The appliance can either be removable or permanent. The removable option rests on the gums, while a permanent set attaches to implants or cements to existing teeth.
This apparatus can restore a person’s smile. The base and artificial teeth are natural-looking. Plus, this appliance allows the wearer to once again bite into most foods. There are options available in both partial and full form, depending on the person’s needs.
Prepare for tooth removal
Some patients come to the dentist for dentures having already lost teeth. Other people still have all their teeth, but the teeth are badly decayed or damaged. When teeth cannot be salvaged, the dentist will first extract them before preparing the person to have denture treatment. The dentist will take X-rays and examine the patient to determine the severity of each tooth’s condition. Depending on how many teeth the dentist will extract, this process can take up to an hour or longer.
Learn about the process and use
Before getting dentures, the patient should understand more about this treatment. There can be some nervousness and anxiety about this process. When the patient knows what to expect, it can make the procedure more comfortable and less anxious. Also, knowing what dentures can do for a smile can help the person feel positive about the treatment.
Leading up to getting dentures, the person should also know how to take care of the appliance. Though it is durable, it can break or crack. The teeth can also fall out or suffer damage. Regular cleaning of the appliance is vital. The patient should also be cautious when handling it. Avoiding hard and sticky foods is also important.
Cleaning the mouth
Before getting dentures, the patient should brush thoroughly. Rinsing with a mouthwash is also important. This will keep the mouth clean, fresh, and free of bacteria. It also will help keep the appliance clean. In turn, this will ensure that the apparatus does not have bacteria growth or deterioration.
Feel good about your upcoming treatment
Having dentures can be life-changing, but this change can be positive and affect your smile in good ways. There are positive aspects of wearing this appliance, even if you are worried about it. Following these tips can prepare you for the process. Your dentist will also help you to feel more at ease leading up to the procedure.
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