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Dentures are one of the most common tooth replacement alternatives available today. Dentures are artificial prosthetics that serve as either a temporary or permanent solution for missing teeth. A removable partial denture is not permanently fixed in the mouth. Even though they require some getting used and your first day with dentures may feel a little odd, dentures are a good choice for many people.
There are many different types of dentures but they generally fall into two categories: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures act as a replacement for all of the teeth and completely cover the wearer's gums. Partial dentures are designed to replace some or a few missing teeth. Dentures are generally made in a dental laboratory and are designed based on the patient's unique requirements. Measurements are taken by a dentist to ensure that dentures fit securely and comfortably.
Full dentures are custom fitted to be worn after all remaining natural teeth are removed. This usually happens 8 - 12 weeks after the extractions have occurred and when all of the tissues have healed. Once the healing process is complete, the dentist will begin the fitting process by taking some impressions and measurements.
Same day dentures, or immediate dentures, are another option and are intended to be worn immediately following the tooth extraction procedure. Immediate dentures are great because they eliminate the waiting time after extraction when individuals usually have to go without teeth. They can also speed up the healing process by giving the gums and tissues immediate protection. Your dentist will take measurements and impressions during extraction visits and can tell you if you're a good candidate for immediate dentures.
Denti-Cal covers immediate dentures. Ask Dr. Movahhedi at Dentistry Of Oxnard about them.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to attach directly to strategically placed dental implant posts and can be used to replace teeth on both the top and bottom of the mouth.
For individuals missing just one or a few teeth, a partial denture may be the preferred replacement option. Partial dentures made from metal and acrylic materials attach to the natural teeth and differ from the dental bridge replacement option because they can be removed. As such, partial dentures can serve as a temporary tooth replacement solution exactly because they are removable.
One of the negative aspects of having dentures is that over time they can allow your jaw to change shape. Because they are removable, dentures may not help maintain the shape of the mouth the way other replacement options do. Over time, dentures may no longer fit well and may need to be remade. Ill-fitting dentures can cause irritation to the gums and overall oral discomfort.
To help maintain the useful life span of the dentures and your mouth's health, developing the proper habits of cleaning your dentures and mouth daily is important. Dentures should be brushed thoroughly and kept in a cleanser soaking solution or plain water when not in use. Brushing your gums will also help keep your mouth clean and healthy.
There's an additional cost for instant dentures because they require two sets to be made: one for immediate use after extraction, and another permanent set for later. The advantages from temporary dentures can help justify the cost, including better protection for your healing gums and tissue post-extraction, and can give you a chance to adjust to using dentures when you talk and chew.
Before deciding which option to pursue, talk to your dentist. Various payment options may exist that can help you cover the added costs of temporary dentures while you wait for your permanent dentures to be made.
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