One of the main concerns people have about getting dentures is the worry that other people will easily notice them. Dental prosthetics are nothing to be embarrassed about. Also, advances in technology have now resulted in them resembling real teeth to the point that there is no noticeable difference between the two.
Here a few common questions and concerns people have about the procedure.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth attached via a plate, made from either metal or plastic, to fit inside the mouth just as real teeth do. These are created to replace lost teeth, which often happens due to gum and tooth diseases or injuries. Genetic issues can also cause people to lose teeth at an early age.
There are two different types of these prosthetics: Partial and complete. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth, while complete prosthetics replace all teeth in both jaws. Some are removable so they can be taken out and cleaned while others are fixed, which means they are cemented in place and cannot be removed.
How are the prosthetics made?
A dentist will examine the condition of the patient’s mouth and gums before doing a denture fitting. This is to check and make sure the gums are healthy and do not have any inflammation or infection. The dentist then puts dental putty in a mold that the patient bites down on to make an impression. This impression is to ensure the prosthetics fit into the patient’s mouth, are able to be worn with ease and look natural.
Are dentures noticeable to others?
The latest prosthetics are comfortable and more realistic. This is from the new methods that are used to create them and better materials that feel and look more natural. Some are even made with slight imperfections so not every tooth is perfect. The majority of people do not notice someone wearing them.
Is speech ability affected?
There can be an adjustment period as the mouth muscles have to adapt to the change. Talking, as well as eating, can take some time to get used to after such a significant change. There is a possibility of excessive saliva after getting dentures, which can also make speaking feel awkward in the beginning.
There are usually no speech issues after getting prosthetics that are fitted properly. Dentists often recommend practicing pronunciation in front of a mirror, particularly with any words that are troublesome to say, during the period of time the mouth is adjusting. This can make patients feel more comfortable when talking to others.
Dentures are artificial teeth that are used to replace lost teeth due to tooth and gum disease. These are made with higher quality material to look realistic. They feel comfortable, are easy to wear and are molded to fit an individual’s mouth. Most people cannot tell that someone is wearing prosthetics. It is unlikely for a patient to have any speech issues.
Even after tooth loss, a beautiful smile is still attainable.
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