Teeth fall out, or teeth get knocked out. Sports stars, I’m looking at you hockey players, know that they have a higher risk of their teeth being knocked out. But when you see these sports stars, you’ll also notice something: they don’t get implants.
Sure, when they retire, they have the money to have their teeth replaced and probably do.
Yet, when they’re still playing their sport, they’ll often get dentures. Dentures are an everyday part of life, and even if your teeth fell out or were pulled out, you’ll want to consider dentures. Not only have dentures started to look more real, they’re still a lot cheaper than implants.
Fitting Your First Denture
Dentures need to be properly fitted, and this means going through a standard process. You’ll have to go through many of these steps, but if your tooth hasn’t been removed, you’ll need to have it removed first. The healing process will need to take place before going on to the impression stage of the process.
A typical fitting process includes:
- Moulds of the teeth will be taken.
- Bite Moulds. Bite moulds will be taken to ensure that your teeth’s bite is comfortable.
You may have what’s called a “wax model” made to give you an idea of what your new teeth will look like. But if not, you’ll move on to the fitting process, which requires the dentist to make adjustments to the dentures. The goal is to make sure that the bite is correct and the fit is perfect.
“Complete dentures can cost anywhere from $300 to $5,000 per plate,” states Authority Dental. You’ll want to go to the dentist as many times that it takes to make sure that the fit is comfortable and natural.
Dentures Need Some Care, Too
Dentures need care, too. They make it look so easy in commercials. Put your dentures in water, drop in a tablet and you’re done. Right? Not really. Your dentures won’t get cavities like your teeth, but they still need proper care to keep them in pristine condition.
Proper care means:
- Dislodging food stuck in the denture with a toothbrush
- Rinsing the dentures after every meal
- Use a cleaning solution at night for your dentures
If you start to notice that your dentures have become uncomfortable or hurt when wearing them, it’s time to call the dentist. Your dentist will be able to readjust your dentures. If you have an additional tooth fall out, you may also be able to have your dentures modified, depending on the location of the newly missing tooth.
Ensuring that you maintain a natural bite pattern and can properly bite down on food is a must.
You can also choose to go without teeth, but this means that chewing becomes infinitely harder. You’ll also be relying on the remaining teeth you have a lot more, which increases wear and tear.
Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth, and since they’re affordable, they’re a great option for anyone that either plays sports or can’t afford to have dental implants implanted.