Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic Dentures:   A Better Way to Shine?

A person’s smile can oftentimes make or break a first impression.  Whether it’s a new job interview, a first date, or a chance meeting with a perfect stranger, chances are one of the first things that he or she will notice is your smile.  This being said, cosmetic dentures are a great way to make every smile one that will make the best impression.

What are cosmetic dentures?

Cosmetic dentures, much like ordinary dentures are prosthetic devices designed to enhance a person’s smile while providing the necessary structure and support to maintain proper mouth usage.  Daily activities such as chewing, speaking clearly, and making regular facial expressions all rely heavily on how a person’s teeth and bones line up within the face.  With cosmetic dentures, patients are given precisely measured prosthetics, either full or partial that will replace missing or unattractive teeth.  These new “false” teeth can be easily removed and replaced for cleaning and can last for a lifetime if properly maintained.

What kinds of cosmetic dentures are there?

As mentioned, patients in need of dentures will usually be offered either partial or full dentures.  In cases where full dentures are required, any natural teeth remaining inside the mouth of a patient are removed and time is allotted for healing of the gums before a mold can be made for dentures.  In cases of partials, already present natural teeth in good condition are left in place for partials to be affixed to.  Some cosmetic dentures may only be made up of only two to three teeth, whereas others may need to span the entire reach of the mouth on either or both upper and lower mandibles.

Are there any drawbacks to dentures?

Although cosmetic dentures are created with the intent of tooth replacement, they do fall short of being a perfect reformation.  There are several issues that many new patients face when wearing dentures, the least of which includes, but is not limited to:

Many times, most problems with cosmetic dentures occur during the initial phases of fitting.  If done improperly, bite molds made of a patient’s mouth will yield unsatisfactorily fitting completed dentures.  When done correctly, molds made during fitting will produce natural, easy fitting teeth that hold suction to the gums.

What to expect after getting cosmetic dentures

While each patient will experience variable recovery times, many new denture wearers need only two to three days to become comfortable.  For others, it may take longer to acclimate to their new teeth.  During your recovery it is extremely important that you follow all orders given you by your dentist.   Most likely you will be prescribed pain medication, a list of acceptable foods to eat, and limitations on what you should and should not do in your new dentures.

Final Thoughts

Cosmetic dentures can be an excellent resource for individuals who suffer from gum disease, low self-esteem due to bad teeth, or for those who have lost one or several teeth.  However, despite the wonderful benefits of dentures, it is always suggested by dentists that people retain as many of their natural teeth as possible.  In many cases, early detection and treatment of cavities can help patients to avoid the need for cosmetic dentures.  Healthy oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing can also help to prevent early tooth loss and should be done at least twice a day.