Dentures have been used for proving prosthetic rehabilitation to patients for a long time now. There have been many changes and advances in the techniques over the years, however the basics have remained pretty much the same.
A denture can be either a complete denture or a partial denture.
As the name suggests, the main difference between the two is the number of teeth that are being replaced by the prosthesis. A partial denture is designed to exist with the remaining teeth in the mouth, while a complete denture is designed to replace the entire set of teeth.
What To Expect During The Treatment Process
Once the necessary teeth have been extracted, a healing period for the underlying tissues has to be taken in account before the denture process can be started. During this time a temporary denture can be fabricated for the patient.
After the healing has been completed satisfactorily, multiple visits to the dentist for impressions as well as trials are to be expected until a suitable denture is fabricated. None of these procedures are painful or require any sort of anesthesia.
What To Expect After Denture Insertion?
The experience of patients immediately after a denture varies widely. This can be put down to a number of reasons.
The first and the most important one is the time which a patient has been completely edentulous. The longer is the time that transpired between the loss of teeth and the insertion of a prosthesis, longer is the time required to adjust to it.
The musculature of the oral cavity as well as the tongue position change when the teeth are not in the mouth, which is why the period of edentulousness should be kept to a minimum.
The other reason is the expectation of the patient from the denture. In an ideal world, the denture would function as well as natural teeth; however that is just not the case in real life. There is a real learning period that is involved in learning how to chew with dentures, how to talk with dentures, and just how they feel inside the mouth.
How Long Does This Learning Curve Last?
This will differ for different people, but on an average it takes two months of use to be finally comfortable with the dentures. There are certain exercises that a patient can do to hasten this time like reading the newspaper aloud everyday to help accustom the tongue to its new position, eating in a slow and deliberate manner, and most importantly, wearing the dentures everyday even if they feel completely foreign and uncomfortable.
Things To Look Out For
While there is a lot that is asked of the patient when wearing a denture, there are certain things to look out for to ensure that there is not fault in the denture that you are wearing. A denture should have a good amount of retention in the mouth with or without the use of denture adhesives.
There should be no painful blisters or ulcers developing in the mouth with the use of these dentures. The facial profile should also not be altered too much from the time to when the patient had teeth.
Once a patient learns how to use a denture, it can function as a valuable prosthesis for years providing real benefits.
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