prostheses, They are teeth that are placed in place of missing teeth and can be inserted and removed in your mouth. Although it takes time to get used to the prosthesis and it is never like natural teeth, today’s prostheses are more natural looking and more useful than the old ones.
There are two types of prostheses: Complete and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the best type of denture for you based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the cost.
What is the Function of the Prosthesis?
In full dentures, an acrylic base in gingival color is used to be placed on the gingiva. While the base of the upper prosthesis covers the upper part of the palate, the lower prosthesis is in the shape of a horseshoe so that you can move your tongue easily.
Prostheses are prepared in the dental laboratory according to the model taken from your mouth. Your dentist will determine which of the three dentures described below is right for you.
- Traditional Full Denture
A traditional full denture is placed in your mouth in cases of complete edentulism or after all the remaining teeth have been extracted and the tissues have healed. Since healing can take months, you won’t have any teeth in your mouth during this time.
- Temporary Full Denture
Temporary full dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after the remaining teeth are extracted. (Your dentist will measure and model your jaw in the previous session.) Although a temporary prosthesis may seem like a better solution than being toothless, it needs to be fixed again a few months after it is fitted. This is because the bone supporting the teeth is reshaped during healing, causing the denture to loosen.
- Partial Prosthesis
It is placed on your natural teeth with a metal nail attached to the partial denture. The prosthesis is fixed by placing crowns on some of your natural teeth. Partial dentures are used as an alternative to bridges due to their removable and removable features.
How long does it take to get used to my prostheses?
New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even the first few months. It takes some getting used to prostheses in order to eat and talk. A feeling of fullness or looseness is normal, the muscles of your cheeks and tongue will learn to hold the prosthesis in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling of not having enough space on the tongue, and mild irritation or pain are normal. If you feel discomfort, go to your dentist for a checkup.
How long can the prosthesis be used?
Over time, your prosthesis will wear out and will therefore need to be straightened, rebuilt, or repositioned. Refitting means rebuilding the base of existing dentures while standing still. Also, as you age, your mouth will naturally change. These changes will loosen your dentures, make chewing difficult and irritate your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist once a year for a dental check-up.
Here are some tips on caring for your dentures:
- Clean your dentures in a towel or bowl. Dentures are fragile and can break when dropped.
- Do not allow the dentures to dry out. When not in use, put the denture in a liquid denture cleaning solution or just in water. Never use hot water, it can cause your denture to warp.
- Brushing the dentures daily will remove food debris and plaque and prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner can be used to care for your dentures, but it is not a substitute for a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled toothbrush before putting on your denture. This increases circulation in the tissues and helps remove plaques.
- Go to your dentist when your denture is broken, chipped, cracked or loose. Do not attempt to repair it yourself, or you may damage the denture beyond repair.