No, they don’t have to be. With today’s state-of-the-art technology, dentists are able to make dentures look so natural-looking, no one will be able to tell they aren’t your natural teeth. When properly designed and fixed, dentures will provide you with a very natural appearance. The three principal factors that contribute to a natural denture appearance include:
How are Dentures Made?
In the past, the false teeth that make up dentures were made out of plastic or porcelain. They were more fragile, unnatural looking, and wore down quicker than dentures today — having to be replaced every 5 years or so. Modern dentures, however are typically made out of hard acrylic resins. They’re more durable, long-lasting, and can be customized to suit every patient’s needs. The base that holds the false teeth is created out of similar resins or flexible polymer materials so that it closely resembles a natural gum line and allows the dentures to fit snugly in place.There are a variety of materials used for dentures and your dentist may provide you with options and recommendations.
Holding Dentures in Place
Removable dentures should stay in place by their natural suction. If they are loose, an adhesive can sometimes be helpful, but this is often a sign that your dentures need to be adjusted. Over time, your gums and jawbone will wear away because they aren’t being stimulated by natural teeth. As they wear away, the fit of your dentures will be affected.
Permanent dentures, on the other hand, are surgically attached to your jawbone by dental implants. They look and function like natural teeth, they stay in place, and are designed to last a lifetime. And because they stimulate the jawbone, you don’t have to worry about bone loss. When your dentist prepares your dentures, they should sit comfortably and secure in your mouth. This will reduce the impact dentures may have on your appearance. Every denture patient will go through an adjustment period where they may feel or look unnatural. But with time, this will pass and you’ll become accustomed to your dentures. However, if you beleive your dentures look awkward or are ill-fitting, contact your dentist. They can adjust your dentures to improve your comfort and appearance to your liking.
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