Teeth or Dentures? Who can tell?

Woman having her dentures checked by a dentistWhen people lose all their teeth, what they want more than anything is replacement teeth that won’t let them down, and won’t shout to the world that these teeth are not real teeth. Dentures have come a long way since the days of using wood, or carved ivory, or dead soldiers’ teeth attached to vulcanised rubber, but they still have a reputation for being unreliable. But, in the 21st century, modern dentures in Farnham are made to measure like never before and really can be indistinguishable from natural teeth.

In Farnham, dentures are available from various reputable dental practices, including Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic. Good dental technicians know that precision fitting is the key to great dentures. This means several appointments to get precise measurements, and possibly 2 sets of dentures.

Immediate dentures

When patients have their remaining teeth removed, the last thing they want is to be without any teeth, for any time at all. It’s excruciatingly embarrassing, and very hard to eat and speak. However, it also takes time for the gums to heal and lose any inflammation. This is why most patients will have 2 sets of dentures. First, they have what are called immediate dentures, which go in as soon as the teeth are removed and are worn while the gums heal. These are usually made of cheaper materials, such as layered acrylic for the crowns, rather than porcelain.

Permanent dentures

These are made from a series of impressions taken of the gums and jaw, so that they precisely fit over the gums and jaw. It usually takes a few appointments to get the fit right, using models made from wax until there is an accurate enough fit to move onto the injection-moulded dentures. Good dentures can recreate the patient’s previous smile from old photographs. This familiarity adds to people’s self-confidence levels.

Getting used to dentures

There’s an art to wearing dentures in Farnham, and it can take a few weeks while the cheeks and tongue find ways to hold them in place in the mouth. When dentures are first inserted, saliva flow usually increases for a while, and there can be a bit of soreness to contend with. This will settle down.