How dentures have revolutionized modern dentistry
One of the most liked paintings of all time in the world is that of the Mona Lisa. But why did it attract such fame? The possible answer most of us will raise is her unique smile. A smile is a symbol rated with a high positive emotional content. However, you may not look forward to embracing smiling in a situation where you have one or several teeth missing. This is quite unfortunate in an era where smiley selfies are the order of the day! All the same, worry not.
Finding a solution to your problem is easy in this evolving world of science and technology where dentistry has advanced. There are many options for such dental problems some of which could be frightening to many of us. But then there is an easier solution, whereby the spaces can be filled with dentures or bridges.
What are dentures?
Dentures refer to artificial teeth and gums that are conventionally formed to your mouth. Dentists personalize them to replace removed or lost natural teeth.
Many people relate dentures to the elderly. The mention of the word dentures, sends our minds rolling to our grandparents’ bedside on that glass sitting there holding their prosthetic teeth. The truth is, they are an excellent restorative option for any person with a missing tooth or teeth.
Categories of Dentures
The two types of dentures include the full and the partial dentures.
Whereas full dentures are designed for people who have all their teeth missing in the lower or upper jaw or both, partial dentures are available for those who have several missing teeth in either of the jaws.
What are dentures made of?
Initially, they were made out of plastic or porcelain, but modern ones are made out of hard dental resin.
Are they comfortable to the mouth?
Comfort comes with time. At first, they will feel strange in your mouth. You might even struggle a little to speak clearly or eat, but with time it will be easy for your jaw and gums to adjust to the dentures.
Are all foods okay to eat with the dentures on?
Dentures are a world changer for a first-time wearer. Consider eating lighter and fluffier snacks instead of crunchier ones. It is also important to avoid foods with a sticky aftertaste. Coarse foods will damage the aesthetics of the dentures.
Consider often chewing to keep the jaws busy but make sure that you go for sugar-free gums.
How long can dentures last?
Eventually, dentures will need replacement. But with proper care and use, they can last for as long as five years or even more. It is important to have them evaluated annually by your dentist for any significant wear, or general deterioration to ensure that smile last!