Dentures can provide a wide variety of benefits to you. Firstly, they improve your ability to chew by replacing areas without teeth. The presence of teeth also helps in providing a natural facial appearance. Wearing dentures to replace missing teeth helps correct facial structure by giving support to the lips and cheeks. By replacing teeth, especially those in the front, patients are better able to speak. Ultimately, the addition of dentures helps patients feel better about themselves and helps increase self-esteem!
Types of dentures
Complete dentures can be found in two forms, "conventional” or "immediate”. These dentures are inserted into the gums once the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has started to heal. Conventional dentures are generally ready to be placed in the mouth within 8-12 weeks after the teeth extraction.
Immediate dentures, however, are made to be placed as soon as the teeth have been extracted. The major plus of immediate dentures is that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. On the contrary, since bones and gums shrink over time it may be a disadvantage to have immediate dentures because they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures are usually considered a temporary solution to replace teeth until conventional dentures can be made.
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