Sample By: Kalyn Hoppe
Missing teeth can be a cause of discomfort for a lot of people. We remember our grandparents’ toothless grin and when we try to picture ourselves with that same face we feel a chill of embarrassment. Thankfully, dentures were made to not only replicate the biting pattern that teeth are needed for, but also for appearances.
Types of Dentures
There are two different types of dentures; partials and complete. Partial dentures are when only a few teeth are missing (two front teeth, bottom six teeth, etc.) and they will match your other teeth. Dentures can provide you with an almost exact color match to your own teeth so you will not be able tell where the partial begins and your real teeth end. Complete dentures are when all your teeth have been removed and you will have two complete denture pieces- upper and lower.
Some dentists can make dentures immediately. These are dentures you can use immediately following teeth removal. You can also wait until the mouth bone and gums have become stable, it's all a matter of comfort. Permanent dentures are made through a more lengthy process- multiple fittings, dental impressions, and oral impressions are completed before the dentures are actually fabricated. Adjustments can be made if they don’t fit the first time, although it can take some time to get used to them. Your gums may be a little sore, but with proper dentures you should experience very little pain.
Do Dentures Look Fake?
Most people can not tell when a person is wearing dentures. There have been great advances in oral science that have made dentures appear more like real teeth. They have also become much more reliable and less likely fall out of your mouth while eating. Something that can ease the transition from your natural teeth to dentures is practicing doing things alone at first; eating, drinking, and speaking can be a little difficult after being fitted for dentures. Practice makes perfect! Dentures are not a shameful item but one that will bring normalcy back to your mouth.
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