Boost Your Smile - Gain Confidence With False Teeth
Do you feel self-conscious and under-confident while speaking or smiling in public? Do you avoid smiling as much as possible because of your crooked and stained teeth? If yes, then you are not alone. A Research survey has shown that about 1 in every 2 Britishers hates their smile and feel underconfident because of their teeth. But, the good news is that you can enjoy a picture-perfect smile, thanks to cosmetic dentistry.
If your main cosmetic concern is your missing teeth, then replacing them with removable dentures can go a long way in improving your smile and optimally restoring your speech and eating ability. This article discusses dentures or false teeth as a tooth replacement option to help you regain your smile and self-confidence. So, continue reading to learn more about removable dentures.
What Are Dental Dentures?
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces a single, multiple, or all missing teeth in a jaw. A denture rests over the soft tissues and jawbone and gains its support and retention from the adjacent healthy teeth or implants using metallic extensions called clasps.
Are Dentures And False Teeth The Same Thing?
A denture is any removable appliance used to replace missing teeth, while a false tooth is any fixed or removable appliance used for tooth replacement. Examples of false teeth include removable dentures, bridges and implant-supported teeth. So, yes, dentures can also be regarded as false teeth.
What Are The Types Of Dentures?
Based on the number of teeth replaced, dentures are of two types:
- partial and
A partial denture only replaces a few teeth in a jaw. On the other hand, a complete denture is used when there is no tooth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. Since no supporting tooth is available, a full denture relies solely on the underlying soft tissues and jawbone contour for its retention and stability.
What Is The Best Material For Dentures?
Removable dentures are mainly made of materials: acrylic resins and metal alloys.
- Acrylic Resins - these dentures have a pink-coloured base that mimics the oral soft tissues, while the false teeth are made of tooth-coloured acrylic or porcelain. Acrylic resin-based dentures are mainly used for preparing complete dentures as they are lightweight.
- Metal Alloys - these dentures are made of a metal alloy-based framework coated with pink-coloured acrylic to mimic the soft tissues. Furthermore, false teeth, like acrylic dentures, are made of tooth-coloured acrylic or porcelain. Metal alloy-based dentures are primarily used for preparing partial dentures.
So, the best material for dentures depends on the number of teeth replaced. For complete dentures, acrylic resin is suitable, while for partial dentures, alloy-based dentures are suitable as they are more robust.
How Are Permanent Dentures Made?
The process of fabricating permanent dentures is multi-step. First, your dentist will make an impression of your existing tooth and prepare a study model. They will also look at the x-ray images of your existing and missing teeth to ascertain the type of denture needed for replacing your teeth. Then, back in the dental laboratory, a technician will prepare a wax pattern on an acrylic or metallic denture base, which contains the false teeth to be replaced. At this stage, your dentist will try the wax pattern in your mouth to check the position and conclusion of your false teeth relative to the natural ones. Afterwards, it will be sent back to the laboratory, where it goes through a series of lab steps to be converted into the final prosthesis.
What Does It Feel Like To Wear Dentures?
Immediately after wearing your dentures, it may feel like that you have something extra in your mouth. Initially, you may experience some difficulty speaking, and there may be pressure on the underlying soft tissues. However, no need to worry; your mouth will soon become used to the new prosthesis, and the discomfort should go away in a few days.
What Are The Downsides Of Dentures Or False Teeth?
No tooth replacement option can be as durable, strong, or aesthetically pleasing as natural teeth. Therefore, like all tooth replacement options, dentures do have certain drawbacks. For example, removable dentures tend to crack or fracture easily if accidentally dropped. Similarly, removable dentures can get stained easily over time, especially if oral and denture hygiene is not maintained optimally. Finally, dentures exert pressure on the jawbones, which can lead to accelerated degradation, and cause unwanted facial shape changes.
What Is It Like To Live With False Teeth?
Living with false teeth can be initially challenging for some people. After all, false teeth can never be as convenient or comfortable as one’s natural teeth. However, one gradually becomes accustomed to the new appliance and learns to live, smile, and speak with false teeth.
Are Dentures Harder Than Teeth?
Here is an interesting fact for you! Did you know that dental enamel, the outermost covering of a tooth, is the hardest tissue in the body? The minerals in the enamel is also why your teeth appear shiny and sparkling white. So, no, removable dentures are not harder than natural teeth.
Can Fake Teeth Chew Just As Good As Real Teeth?
As discussed earlier, nothing can be as durable, aesthetically pleasing, or functionally efficient as one’s natural teeth. That is why, every effort must be made to prevent tooth loss. However, if at all there is a need for replacing a tooth, one should always go to an experienced dentist for the best possible aesthetic and functional outcome.
If you’ve lost one or more natural teeth and are looking for a reliable dental practice for their replacement in Liverpool, Cosby Dental should be your first choice. We have the best dentists in town who can restore your smile and dental function optimally with high-quality and aesthetically pleasing removable dentures. So, contact us today for an appointment and let us give you a smile that you genuinely deserve.
GDC No: 64847
Peter qualified from Manchester University Dental School in 1989 and after returning to his hometown of Liverpool, he established Crosby Dental. He has a special interest in high-end cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Peter offers private treatment only.