While it’s a myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, it is no myth that the father of our country did, in fact, rely on dentures to supplement missing teeth. In that sense, history has continued to repeat itself for centuries.
That’s because, over time, plaque and bacteria find ways to eat away at our teeth and gums in an unrepairable way. Eventually, many turn to dentures. Modern dentures are a great way to enhance your smile, allow you to chew your favorite foods, and to ensure an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
For many, dentures are a viable option when teeth are lost. Plus, they are easy to maintain, won’t decay over time, can look quite natural, and are much less expensive than dental implants. Plus, dentures can be delivered as a partial or a full set, depending on the patient’s needs.
If you are considering dentures, you may be wondering how what it entails and how you are fitted. Here’s the process of how one is fit for dentures.
First, your dentist will make a mold using your natural teeth and gums to ensure that the dentures will fit comfortably and securely once you’re ready to wear them. You’ll also be able to work with your dentist about shapes and shades of white that you’d want your dentures to have, so you’re happy with them for a long period of time.
Next, the dentist will prepare your mouth for your dentures. Basically, all or parts of your teeth will be extracted once the mold is taken. After the extraction, you may feel some discomfort, and possibly pain. Make sure that you follow all of the directions given by your dentist to best promote your comfort during the healing process.
Finally, you’ll go through a fitting process. Your gums can shrink in between the time of the initial extraction and when you get fitted for your permanent set. It’s likely that the dentures will need to have a little bit of adjustment. Your dentist can adjust certain parts and make your set of dentures more comfortable for you. Your mouth changes over time, and your dentures will likely need additional adjustments in the future. Dentures can last you up to 10 years if you take care of them.
Full Sets. If you’re receiving a full set of dentures, all of your teeth have to be removed. This can be a shocking experience for your mouth, so there is a healing period of about 3 months after your teeth are removed.
A partial set, also known as a bridge, allows you to keep some of your teeth. It’s ideal when you need to replace any teeth that aren’t healthy enough to be fixed. They also help you to avoid any infections or problems from spreading to your healthy teeth. These require less healing time.
Remember to see your dentist at least twice a year to maintain good oral health. Do your work at home to keep your teeth and gums clean and avoid serious and costly dental procedures. If you need to be fitted for dentures, or need to replace your old ones, visit the offices of Dr. Ernie Soto. Dr. Soto serves patients of all ages in Broward County for comprehensive dental care, including orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Call (954) 368-6264 for an appointment today. We provide thorough and gentle cleanings, as well as guidance for maintaining your best possible smile.