Sometimes teeth can’t be repaired. As we get older, plaque and bacteria find ways to eat away at our teeth and gums. Dentures become the only option for some people; they aren’t a bad option, though. They can actually give you a better smile than your natural and they aren’t capable of decaying or breaking down over time. It’s also quite possible that you’ll only have to get a partial denture set rather than a full set, depending on your needs.
The Difference Between A Full Set of Dentures and a Partial Set
- Full Set – When you receive a full set of dentures, all of your teeth have to be removed. There is a healing period of about 3 months after your teeth are pulled and when you get your permanent or “conventional” dentures. In the meantime, you’ll get a set of immediate dentures that you can use to eat and talk normally. Your teeth and gums will shrink considerably between the time that you get your teeth pulled and when you’re fitted for your permanent dentures.
- Partial Set – Partial sets are sometimes referred to as bridges, since they bridge gaps in your teeth. Your partial set allows you to keep some of your teeth, but helps replace any teeth that aren’t healthy enough to be fixed. They also help you to avoid any infections or problems from setting in to your still healthy teeth that are next to them. When unhealthy teeth are next to healthy teeth, it can actually cause serious problems. Partial sets make it easier to eat and speak normally and promote oral health.
How Are You Fitted for Dentures?
First, your dentist will take a mold of your natural teeth and gums to make sure that your dentures will fit comfortably once you’re ready to wear them. Molds can be a little uncomfortable, but it’s better to know for certain that your dentures are going to fit well in your mouth.
Your teeth will be extracted once the mold is taken. Make sure that you follow all of the directions given by your dentist after the extraction so that you can remain comfortable and pain free during the healing process. You’ll talk to your dentist about the shade, size, and shape of teeth that you want so you can be comfortable with your new teeth for an extended period of time.
Finally, you’ll go through a fitting process. Chances are that when your initial set comes in, there will need to be a little bit of adjustment. Your dentist can shave certain parts down and make your set of dentures more comfortable for you. You’ll likely need future adjustments as your mouth changes, but a set of dentures can last you up to 10 years if you take very good care of them.
Dentures from Leikin & Baylin Dental Care
Your dentures are an investment in your future. Make sure that you only trust them to the best. When you’re ready to start on the journey to dentures, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.