Many people dislike the gap that missing teeth have left in their smile. It is also sometimes hard to speak and chew easily with missing teeth. Dentures can help solve all three of those problems. Dentures are replacement teeth that can eliminate the gap left by missing teeth and can improve the wearer’s ability to speak and chew normally.
Since dentures are removable, accidents are likely to happen. Luckily, necessary denture repairs are not as difficult as most people think. The following paragraphs detail the two different types of dentures available, the process of getting used to wearing dentures, and what a person should do when in need of broken denture repair.
Complete Dentures And Partial Dentures
There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures. Both types are likely to receive damage at some point, requiring denture repairs. The main difference between the two types of dentures is that complete dentures replace all of the natural teeth in a person’s mouth while partial dentures only replace a few missing teeth in a person’s mouth. A person who still has some healthy natural teeth will receive partial dentures. A person with no remaining healthy teeth receives complete dentures.
There are two different kinds of complete dentures. A person receives conventional complete dentures after their gums have healed from having all of their natural teeth extracted. Gums usually heal after a whole mouth tooth extraction in approximately twelve weeks, depending on the individual.
A person receives immediate complete dentures, the second kind of complete dentures, immediately after a whole mouth tooth extraction. Immediate dentures allow a person to have a full set of teeth after a whole mouth tooth extraction without having to wait for twelve weeks while their gums heal. The disadvantage to immediate dentures is that gums typically shrink a little during the healing process requiring several sizing corrections to the immediate dentures.
Connected to a plastic base the same color as gum tissue, partial dentures are supported by a metal frame that sits on a person’s surrounding natural teeth. Partial dentures can fill a gap left by missing teeth and can stop other teeth from repositioning or moving around. Regardless of type, any dentures may eventually need broken denture repair, especially if cracked, dropped, or damaged.
Getting Used To Wearing Dentures
When first wearing dentures, most people find them awkward. Many times, people associate this awkwardness with their dentures being damaged and in need of denture repairs. Actually, the usual reason for this awkward discomfort is simply because wearing dentures is new and they are sometimes a little ill fitting or loose.
In addition, a person needs to wear their dentures for a while so their mouth and muscles can become accustomed to holding the dentures in place. This helps eliminate the feeling that they are slipping. Sometimes, a person’s tongue also feels restricted and sore due to rubbing against the new dentures. Most people report it takes a few weeks to become comfortable eating and speaking while wearing new dentures.
Many people accidentally damage their dentures during the first few weeks of use, requiring denture repairs. This is usually due to people dropping their dentures when removing them. This type of damage typically results in cracks, fissures, chips, and even snapping teeth off. Denture damage is common, even with careful denture wearers. Accidents do happen and because dentures are a vital component to daily life, people should have a denture repairs service in mind before they are faced with a denture emergency. This can help a person avoid lengthy periods while waiting for denture repairs.