Dentures: The Process

Dentures are a very common prosthetic in South Africa. Dentures, locally known as false teeth, cost from around R800 a set, and the price can go as high as R5000. Of course, the price will depend on any desired add-ons the customer prefers when customising the teeth.  

Why do people buy false teeth?

People opt for wearing dentures for many reasons. Most times, the teeth are rotten beyond repair, and many have to opt to remove more than a few teeth at a time. Missing teeth can cause a whole array of serious health problems. Besides the obvious aesthetic appeal of replacing and filling the gaps, extracting your teeth can cause the surrounding, remaining teeth to slant unnaturally. The lack of support around the remaining teeth could, in fact, result in structural damage. Without the rest of the set to hold them in place, they will shift over time and be less efficient.

We also need all of our teeth to be able to properly and effectively chew our food. If you have teeth missing, it hampers your ability to chew your food well enough for easy digestion. Swallowing food that isn’t properly chewed will lead to indigestion and many other gastric issues like flatulence, stomach pain and constipation. 

Affinity Dental explains that smaller particles of food get broken down easier by the enzymes in our saliva. When you neglect to chew your food thoroughly, your saliva has a harder time breaking everything down. When larger food particles make their way down into your stomach, you are susceptible to indigestion and gastric distress.

Missing teeth will cause the muscles in your face to sag, making you appear older, warns Dental Service. Dentures will support your facial structure, helping you to look younger while retaining the muscle tone in your face, jaw and neck.

I want dentures, what is the procedure?

Once you decide that you want to opt for dentures, you will need to discuss with your dentist exactly what you need. Some people only do partial dentures; while others extract all of their teeth and opt for a full set. Your dentist will have to thoroughly assess the state of your oral health and together you will have to make the decision for what type of dentures are right for you. 

There are permanent, immovable dentures called implant dentures and removable dentures to choose from. The most commonly used type is removable dentures. These are the most affordable and are usually covered by medical aid or medical insurance. 

Affinity Dental Platinum Package covers one set of Partial Plastic Dentures every 48 months per member.

The first step in the process is the extraction. After your teeth have been extracted, the holes where they were will have clots of black, dried blood in them for a few days explains Denture Helper. Then the blood will dissolve and you’ll see the holes where the teeth were. Once you get to this phase, the gums are starting to heal properly.  After the extraction, you need to wait a minimum of four weeks for your gums to heal. Then, at your next appointment, the dentist will take a preliminary impression of your mouth to act as a guide for your new, permanent dentures. The dentist will also take measurements and x-rays in order to make a mould that properly fits you. 

The fitting session

Once the mould is complete, you will be called in for a fitting. The dentist will check that the preliminary mould fits without hurting you, or slipping out. It needs to slot into the gaps between your remaining teeth properly. After the dentist and the patient are 100% satisfied with the shape and design of the mould, it is sent to a dental lab that will manufacture the final product. 

Final touches

When the final product reaches the dentist, you will come in for your last fitting. Here you will make any last changes or discuss what you like and dislike about the dentures. The dentist will also make notes about whether the teeth are too long or the gums line is too high and so forth. 

Once all of the adaptations have been completed, the dentist will show you how to clean them and give you a list of instructions on proper wear and storage. 

It may take some time to adapt to wearing the dentures. Remember that at no point should it be painful to wear your set.

How to store and clean dentures

The proper care of dentures will require using a specific type of brush and a liquid solution that does not harm the material of the dentures says Lincroft Village Dental Care. 

You will need to soak the removable dentures in the solution each night. Do not sleep while wearing your dentures. Make sure to have a designated cup or container in which you can put your new dentures each night. Without the special solution for storing, you run the risk of your dentures cracking and breaking. 

Be sure to keep your mouth clean and rinse regularly with water. The gums also need to be brushed with toothpaste as well as the tongue.

Why get a Platinum Plan from Affinity Dental?

Dental insurance is a wonderful add-on to any health plan, and thanks to businesses like Affinity Dental, it is now a service on its own, making dental care more accessible and affordable.

A problem many consumers face with their dental insurance providers is that insurers only cover a very select number of procedures.

Affinity Dental has overcome that dilemma by introducing Affinity Platinum, an all-inclusive dental package for people who really want full cover – at an affordable rate.

The Platinum Plan covers an extensive list of procedures.

It offers a complete mouth examination, which includes inspection of the teeth and surrounding tissues of the oral cavity. Without dental insurance, you would be expected to pay thousands of rands for procedures like scaling and polishing, intraoral radiographs, emergency examination, infection control, extractions and fillings and dentures.

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