Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: dentures.(281) 852-2288
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. They contain acrylic resin in combination with various metals.
There are several varieties available to address specific issues, from partials to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your situation.
When your natural teeth are missing, complete dentures are the best option. You can have a complete denture on your upper or lower jaw or both. These dentures can be fabricated to conform to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy.
These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. Because of the muscular readjustment required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are placed immediately after tooth extraction won’t fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete. They do, however, provide you with new teeth right away, and give you time to adjust.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture.
To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it’s possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants (generally three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a great balance of comfort, functionality, and value.
These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Dental implants are ready once the healing process is complete.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by a well-constructed metal framework (usually made of cast Vitallium). These attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth improve the fit of the removable partial denture. They usually require attachments. Partials with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing, and serve a much lighter and less obtrusive solution than dentures made of plastic. They are typically more expensive than plastic dentures, but they fit much better and remain less costly than implants or fixed bridgework.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Candidates for complete sets have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech and provides support for facial muscles. It greatly enhances the facial appearance and smile.
Complete dentures are called “conventional” or “immediate.” This depends on the time in which they get created and installed. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate pieces may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. We make the conventional pieces once tissues have had time to heal. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
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It’s best to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water when handling your denture, just in case you accidentally drop it. Brush daily to remove food deposits and plaque, and keep it from becoming permanently stained. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay.
Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid is also acceptable. Avoid other types of household cleaners, and many kinds of toothpaste are too abrasive. A denture loses its proper shape when not moist. At night, place it in a soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they can tarnish in a soaking solution.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush first. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also essential for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting piece. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. If they do not fit properly can be adjusted. Avoid using a do-it-yourself kit, as this can damage the appliance beyond repair. Over the counter glues often contain harmful chemicals. Therefore we don’t recommend their use.
If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs require the help of a special dental laboratory.
Over time, dentures require realignment, rebase, or replacement from normal wear. To reline or rebase, the dentist uses the existing piece and refits the base or make a new one. They may require replacement if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.
If you have lost an entire arch of teeth (top and bottom), you can replace them with fixed dentures supported by dental implants. Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable because of they: