At Queensgate we see a large number of patients with multiple missing teeth. It is very important to restore the lost teeth for aesthetic reasons, talking, swallowing, and more. The loss of the teeth significantly can make physiological and social activities more difficult. This can result in a loss of quality of life, especially important at all stages in a patients lifetime. The complete loss of the natural teeth, a condition known as anodontia, results in difficulties in the function of the masticatory system, facial aesthetics are lost, and a noticeable change in speaking.
For all toothless patients, dentures are usually the treatment of choice. They can be total or partial and they can also be fixed or mobile. In most of the cases, geriatric patients have mobile dentures. Nowadays with the option of dental implants, more and more patients decide to insert dental implants and have fixed denture over them. This is certainly one of the best ways to replace missing teeth, because it is fixed; the patient can feel the taste of the food. The patient is not limited to some movements of the jaws and some other masticatory functions.
If standard dentures are made, then the patient should have multiple visits to their dentist (time may vary based on the dentist and the patient). The first visit, the dentist will take a preliminary impression from the alveolar bone. The second visit, the individual impression is taken. The third appointment is for registering the vertical dimension and determining the placement of the new teeth according to the smile line. The forth visit is scheduled just to see if the occlusion is good and for the patient to see his new smile. The final appointment is when the dentures are ready.
Your dentist should explain to you that they have to maintain their dentures in good condition. They have to remove dentures always when using mouthwash, before going to sleep, as often as possible during the day while undergoing treatment, and also when the dentures provoke pain. This is the key to healthy, long-lasting dentures that can transform a patients quality of life.