Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace a person’s missing teeth. They’re supported by oral cavity tissues and can be either removable or fixed. Some types of dentures bond to the teeth or clasp onto dental implants. Porcelain dentures are also an option, because they feel and function like natural teeth.
Full dentures replace all of your natural teeth
Full dentures are removable dental appliances that replace all of your natural teeth. While these devices have their advantages, they can also pose certain risks. While full dentures do not require surgery, they do require regular cleanings and maintenance. They should be inspected regularly, and it is important to have regular checkups with your dental team. Regular checkups will help your dentist detect early signs of oral diseases, including mouth cancer. You should also ask your dentist how often you need to visit them.
Dentures should be brushed at least twice a day. Brushing your dentures helps remove food particles, but you must be careful not to brush too hard, as this may cause the dentures to break. Use a soft-bristled denture brush to brush your dentures, as abrasive toothpaste can cause permanent stains. Brushing your dentures properly will also help avoid damaging the plastic attachments. Make sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly after meals, too.
Immediate dentures prevent tooth decay
Immediate dentures are an excellent choice for many patients. They allow patients to keep their oral functions without sacrificing the aesthetics of their smile. However, patients should know that these dentures are not permanent, and that they must be changed for another set of teeth once they have healed completely. Furthermore, because they cannot try out the dentures prior to extraction, they may not fit as comfortably as traditional dentures. In addition, they may have a “gummy” appearance.
Another disadvantage of immediate dentures is that they aren’t custom-made to fit your mouth, so you may need a few adjustment visits to get them to fit properly. You may also need to have the dentures relined, which means adding extra material to the denture to Dentures compensate for changes in your mouth as your gums heal. Additionally, you may need to visit the dentist regularly for four to six months to adjust to the denture.
Porcelain dentures feel similar to natural teeth
Porcelain dentures feel similar to the natural teeth because they are made of a ceramic material that resembles glass. This material can be customized to match other teeth in the patient’s mouth. The material feels similar to the natural teeth and is more comfortable than other materials. Since they are made of ceramic, they do not break easily and last longer than other materials.
Although porcelain is less common as a material for dentures, it is still used to make full dentures. Porcelain is a durable, hard ceramic material that mimics the natural tooth. However, porcelain dentures are heavier and more expensive than acrylic and other materials. This makes them unsuitable for many people, so they are often paired with a metal framework for a more secure fit.
Cost of dentures
Whether you are a teen or an adult, dentures can significantly improve your oral and general health. The benefits of dentures include the ability to eat, speak, and smile. Your dentist can assess your oral health and discuss cost options at the initial consultation. Cost estimates for a full set of dentures will vary according to the type of dental treatment you require.
Dentures are not always covered by Medicaid. If you have an existing dental insurance plan, you might be able to receive coverage for your dentures through that plan. If you have no dental insurance, you may also be able to take advantage of government programs, discount dental plans, or dental-school programs. In addition, you may be eligible for free or discounted dentures if you attend an accredited dental school.