If you have lost some, most, or even all of your teeth, eating and smiling have surely turned into daunting tasks; however, there is a solution for you: dentures are replacements for your missing natural teeth that can easily be taken out and put back in their place; now, isn’t that like magic?! Well, in a way, it is!
As removable appliances that can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile, dentures (informally called false teeth) seem to work out magic. One may have lost teeth due to a variety of reasons: gum disease, total decay and/or injury; whatever the causemay be, dentures help improve your appearance and health. Although eating and speaking are things most of us take for granted, people encounter considerable difficulty performing these natural deeds only when some or all of their teeth are missing.
Dentures or false teeth are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth, both for functional and aesthetic reasons.
Have you ever noticed someone with no teeth and while they don’t have their false teeth in their mouth? If you look closely, you would notice that without teeth, they look a lot older than they actually are. Facial muscles would sag when you lose all your teeth and this could result in deterioration of your appearance, making you look a great deal olderthan you really are. Denture then can improve the appearance of your face. Nowadays, dentures are made to look almost exactly as your natural teeth so that your appearance does not alter a lot. In certain cases, false teeth might even help improve the quality of your smile and overall appearance.
Types of Dentures
- Conventional Full Dentures: this is what we call an artificial set of teeth which is placed in your mouth after all your remaining teeth are extracted and the tissue of your gums has healed. The process of healing can take up to several months, during which time you would have to cope without any tooth in your mouth; after all, everything has its own price!
Conventional full dentures
- Immediate Full Dentures: this type of false teeth is placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are extracted which is probably one major advantage of this type of false teeth over other similar ones. You would need to make a prior visit to your dentist so that he can take the measurements of your jaw and fashion a set of dentures that fit your mouth. If immediate dentures enable you to receive your teeth and therefore reclaim your smile without having to go through any period of “toothlessness”, one of their major drawbacks, however, is that they have to be relined several months after being inserted into your mouth because the shape of the bone supporting the teeth changes by the passage of time, leaving the false teeth irritatingly loose in your mouth.
- Partial Dentures:In case one has some of their natural teeth preserved in their jaw, false teeth can be placed and attached to them. Partial dentures sit next to the remaining teeth to replace the missed ones.
Full vs. partial dentures
- Implant Overdentures: Overdentures are those full of partial dentures that are supported by dental implants.
Implant overdentures are fixed by dental implants
How long does it take to get used to having dentures in your mouth?
Experiencing an uncomfortable sensation while eating and speaking is a natural feeling for a person who is a new user of false teeth. One may even feel strange and uncomfortable with false teeth in their mouth for weeks or even months. The muscles of your cheek and tongue must get used to holding false teeth and this might convey a feeling of heaviness in your mouth. Other symptoms of wearing false teeth vary from a sensation of not having enough room in the mouth, excessive flow of saliva to mild or severe irritation. In the case of the latter, consult your dentist.
Some tips that will prolong the longevity of your dentures
- Just like your normal teeth, false teeth have to be brushed regularly. Brushing removes bits of food and plaques from your dentures and protects your new artificial teeth from stains.
Brushing dentures is just as crucial as brushing real teeth.
- It would be a good idea to brush your tongue and gums as well, thus enabling the circulation of blood in your mouth and preventing the formation of plaques.
- Dried out denture is a problem! Make sure to place your false teeth in a denture cleanser soaking solution; even plain water would do the trick. Hot water is NOT an option because it could warp your false teeth or even worse, parts of your piece might dissolve in it.
- In case your false break or become loose, do not attempt to readjust it using force or your initiative! Consult your dentist for possible solutions.
- Adhesives can be used in certain circumstances. Creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids are various kinds of adhesives one might use with dentures; however, one has to consult with their doctor for the right and appropriate kind of adhesive.
Dentures in Iran: benefits and costs
We take good care of your mouth! The question may arise as to why one would come to Iran and have their dentures made in another country?
First, many cities in Iran offer dentistry services at the highest possible quality in numerous modern oral health care facilities. Professional dentists are something of miracle-workers and that is not us bragging! Second, the costs of getting your dentures in Iran are far lower than having the same service done in most other countries: an average set of dentures in Iran costs less than 500 dollars.
Before and after dental treatments in Iran
The cost of having a full set of dentures in the United Kingdom amounts to $1300 to $1600; the same service costs something in the neighborhood of $1800 to $3800 in the United States, whereas having false teeth made in Iran would cost a much lower: something close to only $450!