Complete dentures are a great solution for older individuals looking to improve their smile by giving the appearance of natural teeth. For senior individuals, there are many issues that can affect the teeth. For example, cavities, decay, general wear and tear, and wearing away of the enamel to name a few.
Individuals who have lost all of their teeth in one or both arches could enjoy complete dentures. During this process, your dentist will remove any remaining unhealthy and un-restorable teeth and replace them with a complete denture.
Complete dentures include a coloured acrylic base that is designed to fit over the gums. Depending on the patient’s racial background, the shade of the acrylic can be varied for a more authentic appearance.
The base of the upper complete denture covers the roof of the mouth, to ensure it is stable and comfortable. The lower complete denture comes in the shape of a horseshoe to accommodate for the patient’s tongue.
Although complete dentures look almost identical to natural teeth they often take some getting used to because they are not fixed in place. Patients may feel a slight discomfort for the first few weeks as a complete denture wearer, especially while eating hard foods.
In addition, it is completely normal to experience excessive saliva flow, minor irritation, and a feeling that the tongue does not have enough room for a short period. This should only be temporary.
Depending on the quality of care given to complete dentures by the patient, the fixtures normally provide a long-term solution.
It is vital to brush the dentures on a daily basis to remove excess food and plaque. Keeping the gums, palate, and tongue clean should be a priority as well to maintain oral health. Dentures should ideally be kept out of the mouth when patients are asleep to allow the soft tissues to recover.
If dentures become chipped or broken then seek professional advice. Attempting to fix dentures at home can result in further damage. At Pearl Dental Clinic we have an on-site denture technician which means we can make custom-made dentures more quickly and provide you with new dentures that meet your expectations.