We need our teeth and there is just no denying this fact. Having teeth makes us smile better, enjoy our foods, speak clearly and most of all look younger! A denture is a cheaper, non-invasive way of tooth replacement.
Acrylic dentures are made using a plastic that is easy to mould but sets very rigidly which makes them a popular choice for many denture wearers (approximately 80% of all partial dentures are made using this material). Because of the highly mouldable nature of acrylic materials it can easily be repaired and new teeth can be attached in a similar way as when repairing them. This makes acrylic dentures particularly popular for those who need partial dentures but may lose more teeth in the future. This saves you from needing a whole new denture every time you lose a tooth.
Valplast is a thermoplastic nylon material used to create a flexible denture. It is monomer-free and metal-free, making it an excellent choice for patients with allergic reactions to acrylic or metal materials. The Valplast resin is lightweight, flexible and exceptionally strong. This material renders a natural appliance which fits snuggly in the mouth.
It generally takes between 3-14 working days to make, depending on the number of teeth that needs replacement.
Initially dentures will feel uncomfortable. This is because your tongue and the muscles in your cheeks need to get adjusted to this ‘foreign’ object.
Wearing new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for some wearers for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start by eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly. As you get used to your new dentures, gradually add other foods until you return to a normal diet.
Dentures have to be taken off at night. Clean the dentures with a soft toothbrush and soak them in water overnight.
Dentures have to be replaced due to normal wear and tear and natural age-related changes in the face, jaws, and gums which causes loosening of the dentures. When a denture is ill fitting, it will cause mouth ulcers and injury to soft tissues.
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