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Tooth be told about Dentures and Getting used to Wearing them

Tooth be told about Dentures and Getting used to Wearing themOur mouth, its complete structure and the accessories that come with it, works for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People often overlook this fact until they are facing the repercussions of not taking their dental health and hygiene seriously. Taking your dental health for granted is the foundation of a deteriorating teeth and gum health. It may present itself as mild as a sporadic toothache here and there, or it may lead to severe periodontal diseases.

 

A life without a complete set of teeth would be a dreary one.

The teeth have many functions that affects your daily living. A primary function would be its use for eating and mastication. You are able to enjoy the food you take because your teeth helps you chew and grind it before swallowing. It is also significant in speaking since it functions as an accessory to properly pronunciation and enunciation of words. Aesthetically, it maintains the bone structure in your face that makes you beautiful. Partial or complete tooth loss would affect this structure as the gums and bones would shrink thereby affecting the way you look.

 

You may need to use dentures in the future, believe it or not.

Now that the importance of your teeth and giving it the care it deserves has been established, there are still a large number of people who would not take this seriously. A survey from Prevention.com revealed that 60% of respondents believe that they would not need to use dentures in their lifetime.

But the facts would say otherwise. Approximately 20 million adult female aged 40 and over wear partial and complete dentures. (Fixodent Beauty and Aging Survey, 2009) It is projected that in the US, from 33.6 million of people using dentures in 1991, it would dramatically increase to 37.9 million people needing to use dentures by the year 2020 (The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 2009).

Tooth loss and the need to get dentures is preventable as long as you practice good dental hygiene and get regular check ups. Everyone, including your dentists, would want to save every last tooth in your mouth and their last resort would be to extract the tooth. However, the lack of care you give your pearly whites can lead to severe consequences that would result to tooth loss.

 

What are Dentures?

When you are down to your last resort and getting dentures are your only option, it would be good to know what you are going to put in your mouth.

Dentures are removable replacement of missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are 2 types of dentures: complete, where all teeth are missing, and partial, when some natural teeth remain.

Complete dentures can either be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after all tooth extraction and will be worn 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure once the gums and the tissues have healed. Meanwhile, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be worn immediately after tooth extraction.

On the other hand, partial dentures are replacement to missing teeth and are used in order to prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting. They can be made with a pink or gum-colored plastic base attached to a metal framework to secure it in place. In some cases, a fixed bridge can be used where the surrounding healthy teeth are prepped and a crown is cemented over them.

Dental implants may be an alternative to wearing dentures but they are rather expensive. It is always best to consult a dentist when considering either of the two.

 

Wearing Dentures

Having to wear dentures may take a while of getting used to, but the initial discomforts will eventually wear off. As you begin your journey from being toothless and employing the use of dentures, here’s a heads up of what to expect.

Sensations

It is a fact that when a drastic change happens in our body, our brain responds by alerting us that there is something off with this or that part of the body. New dentures do feel odd and unnatural, they may feel a little loose in the beginning until the cheeks and tongue have learned to adapt to this change. It is not uncommon to feel irritated or sore and have an increase salivation during your adjustment period but this will diminish as time goes by.

Aesthetics

Dentures are made to make a striking resemblance with real teeth and it would hardly be noticeable to others. A perfect fit can help improve your smile and your overall facial appearance.

Eating

Since the teeth is used primarily to eat, wearing dentures while doing so would be uncomfortable for you in a couple of weeks and would take a little practice. Eating soft foods and cutting them into small pieces would help you slowly adjust to the sensation. Gradually increase your intake of food and add variety until you return to your normal diet. Avoid hot and hard foods, as this will cause irritation and soreness. Likewise, be wary when eating extremely sticky food such as gum.

Speaking

For a time being, some words will be harder to pronounce. It would help to practice saying them out loud with your dentures on. Dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, replace them gently by biting and swallowing. And if your dentures “click” while you are talking, see your dentist as this may mean that your dentures would need minor tweaking.