In our daily lives we can have accidents or injuries that can affect our teeth by either damaging or weakening them. As we get older we may also experience health issues which can cause problems with our teeth and result in tooth loss. In some cases the lack of access to a dentist may also be a reason for dental problems. Whatever the case may be, not having a complete set of natural teeth is something that can be rectified with the help of a dental professional. So by visiting a dentist in Mackay, you can speak to a dentist who will be able to advise you on the best procedure to restore your smile.
Protect your smile
If you have lost a few teeth over the years and do not have many of your natural teeth left, you may be experiencing problems with your speech and difficulty chewing whilst eating.
Missing teeth can also change the shape of your face as the gaps cause your mouth to shift out of its usual position. If you are dealing with any of these problems, your dentist may suggest getting dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are made out of acrylic and are placed over the gums to replace missing teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base which is naturally coloured pink to look like your gums. When this appliance is placed over your gums, your natural teeth are able to hold the dentures in place, although some dentures have a clasp that joins onto the natural teeth.
If you are advised to get full dentures, these are held in place by a dental adhesive or in some cases suction. If you are going for full dentures, all your teeth will have to be removed and the dentures will be fitted to your gums immediately.
However, if you are only getting some teeth removed and are having the dentures fitted immediately afterwards, it is likely that your gums and bones will change in shape which will mean the dentures will have to be remade or relined after some months.
Spot the difference?
The recommendation of dentures by your dentist can raise some concerns. For example, you may be wondering whether the teeth will look fake or how you will be able to speak comfortably without the dentures falling out accidentally. However with the care of your dentist, you can rest assured that your dentures will look natural and function just like your natural teeth. Your dentist will take impressions (also known as moulds) of your mouth before ordering either your full or partial dentures from a dental technician which means your new teeth will be made to snugly fit your gums without any issues.
Looking after your new teeth
After receiving your dentures, your dentist may advise you to wear them all the time and whilst sleeping. This is so that you can get used to wearing them. If you do decide to take your dentures out before bed, it is advised to keep them moist overnight in a dental cleaning solution. You should also ensure that you brush any remaining teeth, your gums and your tongue every morning and evening to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.