It is always a big trauma in human life to lose all of your teeth. It can happen simultaneously or slowly, tooth by tooth; it is still a significant change in our lives. People are devoured by fear because of the full dentures before what they just saw in the glasses of their grandparents. And also the feeling they have just got old suddenly.
We need teeth not just for biting, but for talking and living social life.
We make a full denture (prosthesis) when someone has lost all teeth. Without teeth and implants, it is difficult to make a stable denture to use the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. We extend the denture to cover the gingiva and palate, and we try to use all the muscles; this helps keep the denture in the right place. We have to do it with complete precision, or it won’t be comfortable. I always tell my patients that a denture is not ready when it arrives from the dental laboratory. In the beginning, it is uncomfortable, difficult to eat and talk with it. We need three weeks of patience during which we do the corrections. The denture is ready when the patient feels it is like his own and learns the correct and comfortable way to talk and eat.