The importance of a smile is paramount and for most people, it is the most common facial expression for expressing joy and laughter. The infectious nature of a smile is evident in newborns seeing a grin for the first time. It is an essential method of non-verbal communication and yet for many people, a reality of missing teeth make them want to hide their smile.
There are many reasons why a person may suffer from missing teeth. Gum disease, facial trauma, and many other factors contribute to the loss of one’s teeth. Tooth loose not only affects how a person looks but also their self-esteem. Loss of one’s teeth can also be the catalyst of other medical issues such as weakening of the jaw bone, slurred speech, difficulties eating and even further tooth loss.
However, those suffering from tooth decay and/or lose need not despair. Thankfully for a trip to the dentist is all you need to get you back on your way to grinning from ear to ear. As well as regular health check-ups for your teeth, your dentist can put you in touch with a denturist who will be able to help you fix the gaps in your smile.
A denturist, also known as a dental prosthetist and clinical dental technologist in other parts of the world, are experts in oral reconstruction. Using veneers, implants, and dentures, a denturist will take you through the options open to you.
Dentures come in many forms, including full dentures which consist of an entire upper or lower set of teeth, positioned and held in place by an acrylic base or palate. This style of denture is removable, making it easier to clean as it can be soaking in a denture cleansing solution overnight, and brushing them every day with denture paste. Other forms of denture include particle dentures, bridges, and implants.
Much like dentists, a denturist undergoes a minimum of three years studying and if often required to undergo a few more in on the job training. In order to ensure that they are giving you the best of care, a denturist will consult with your regular dentist regarding your overall oral health and the possibility of any jaw deterioration. They will then proceed to take a number of measurements and impressions so that they can make a mold of your mouth. With this, they will create your dentures so that they fit uniformly and comfortably in your mouth. They will also use a colouration swatch to determine your best match so that your teeth look as natural as possible with any remaining canines.
Your denturist will also be available to help with maintaining your new smile after your procedure and can help you care for your new teeth with regular check-ups. As dentures, as with normal teeth, can suffer from wear and tear over time, or cracks and other damage, it is important to attend regular maintenance visits with your denturist to ensure your dentures always fit and feel great.