Dentures are detachable appliances that usually consist of artificial teeth connected to a pink plastic base.
What is the procedure for fabricating dentures?
Generally, dentures are made in 3 steps:
Step 1: Registration of Impression
In this step, a primary impression of the structure within your mouth will be made. Your dentist will apply a thick fluid over your teeth, which will harden in minutes. The impression will be sent to a laboratory, which will design and fabricate a denture prototype that fits you well.
In addition to a primary impression, your dentist may also suggest for you to do a master impression and bite registration. A master impression will ensure that a record maximum denture bearing area is taken, and also to develop an effective border seal. A bite registration ensures that the dentures will fit and function properly by diagnosing potential movement related problems.
Step 2: Try-in
You will be required to ‘test’ the prototype to see if any adjustments have to be made. Once you are happy with the alignment and fit, the prototype will be sent back to the lab to finish off the aesthetics.
Step 3: Issue
The finished product will be issued to you.
What is the procedure like?
They are secured to your natural teeth either by attachments of metal clasps. Dentures come in the form of partial denture or complete denture. The former can be used if there are existing natural teeth for the clasps to attach to them. The latter is required if there are no natural teeth left.
How long should I wear my dentures each day?
Generally, dentures can be worn throughout the day. However, as our teeth are more prone to bacteria attacks at night, dentures should be removed before sleeping. This is to prevent the trapping of plaque and bacteria that can result in further complications like gum disease and dental decay.
How do I take care of my dentures?
You should brush your dentures once a day to get rid food and plaque residues with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This would prevent permanent stains or built up of plaque. While cleaning your dentures, it is also advisable to place a bowl of water underneath it to minimize the risk of impact in the event of it dropping. Dentures can last up to 7-10 years if proper care is taken.