Are you looking to get yourself a set of dentures recommended your dentist? Perhaps you are wondering about the difference between plates and braces or what to expect before and after the treatment? These are valid concerns and some of the questions that people tend to have in mind when getting dentures for the first time.
Dentures are an excellent solution and one that has been of great help to people who have lost most (if not all) of their teeth. If the latter case sums up your situation, then you would be happy to know that dentures can help restore your ability to eat, speak and smile confidently.
Unlike braces, the wires and springs on a set of dentures are not attached to the teeth which means that they can be removed at any time. In many ways, dental plates have their advantages as a removable dental appliance. For one thing, you can remove the dentures whenever you eat or have them cleaned meticulously from any angle. The treatment method may vary depending on the assessment of your dentist.
What is it like getting dentures for the first time?
So let us say you have seen some pictures of smiles with dentures and have booked your first appointment. Shortly after coming into your appointment, you will be asked to fill out a form that outlines your medical history. It is here that you must share pertinent information about your medical and dental health. Make sure that you indicate any prescription medications that you have been taking.
The next step is to take an impression of your dental features to fabricate the plates. Also, any preparations that need to be made are taken care of including but not limited to tooth extraction. In the case of full dentures, a patient may have to go through a few days without teeth unless they are willing to pay for a temporary fix in the form of immediate dentures.
What do immediate dentures look like?
Immediate dentures are dental plates installed on the very same day the teeth are pulled out in preparation for the final set of dentures. Simply put, they are a temporary fix meant to ensure that patients never have to go through a single day without teeth. In many cases, patients will have to wait for the gums to fully heal before the actual dentures are fitted which can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.
Know that while you may be willing to pay more for immediate dentures, they are not for everyone. Your dentist may discourage their use if you have some dental issues or health problems that may aggravate the matter.
Getting used to your dentures may take some time but is well worth it. With proper care and the right adjustments, the dental appliance will eventually feel more comfortable.
What about replacing front teeth with a dental bridge?
If you are not too keen on the idea of wearing dentures and are only missing some of your front teeth, then a good alternative you may want to consider is a tooth-supported dental bridge. All it takes is a crown replacing the missing tooth secured by two anchors affixed unto adjacent teeth which are then cemented into place.
Dental bridges can last for many years and offer a more natural dental appearance. However, they are not for everyone, and it is up to your dentist to assess whether it is an excellent alternative to take. In many cases, a dental bridge requires stripping of adjacent teeth which may cause irreversible damage in the long run.
For most people, dentures are a big step, and our dental experts here at “Supersmile Orthodontics” are happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have about the treatment. Call us today on 1300 767 553 to arrange a consultation.