Before learning more about Dentures and the services we offer; it’s important to understand one important fact. Dentures should not be considered a substitute for natural teeth. Your natural teeth are part of your skeleton and play an important role in maintaining your facial structure. The best option is to maintain any natural teeth you have remaining and to discuss options with your dentist before considering dentures. Denture treatment should be considered a last resort when you’ve lost teeth and there are no further options. If you and your dental professional agree that dentures are the best solution, then read further to understand what options are available.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Dentures are an artificial replacement for natural teeth, made of acrylic and resin, special plastics and sometimes lightweight metal, which are designed to look just like the real thing. When people say ‘dentures’ they actually could mean a number of different things. There are a few different types and we’ve described the main differences below, so that when you’re talking to your denturist you’ve got a better picture of what’s out there. As your denturist knows your needs, they will let you know which ones are right for you.
- Loss of all Upper Teeth (Complete Maxillary Denture)
- Loss of all Lower Teeth (Complete Mandibular Denture)
- Loss of all Teeth (Complete Maxillary and Mandibular Denture)
State-of-the-art dentures are able to restore your smile, and are compatible with the sensitive tissues of your mouth. New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with your denturist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your denturist.
Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances. The metal/acrylic partial, commonly called a cast partial, is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong. The new flexible thermoplastics have the advantage of esthetics and flexibility, but may not be suitable for all situations. All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.
Properly designed partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.
Since your Denturist is unable to try-in the denture prior to extracting your teeth, certain esthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems, and the results are normally quite good. It is important to follow the postoperative instructions of your Denturist or oral surgeon very carefully.
As healing occurs, the oral tissues recede so denture adjustments should be expected and is normal. Follow-up appointments with your Denturist are likely necessary. To maintain the best fit and comfort, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will likely continue to shrink to some degree; however, the rate of change decreases with time. This a natural occurrence, which is to be expected. As the healing process is complete, either a new permanent full denture will be made or your denture will be relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. Your Denturist will recommend the option that best meets your particular needs.
By far the biggest problem with ordinary dentures is that they sit on top of your gums and they don’t stimulate bone growth. Your natural teeth have roots that penetrate into your jaw bone. Bone mass grows around the roots of your teeth. When you lose your teeth, the underlying bone begins to deteriorate rapidly and this is what gives the “sunken” look often seen with denture wearers. This process that will continue indefinitely, is called bone resorption and the reason why dentures need to be continually relined/remade over time as your tissue changes with your bone structure.
Implant supported dentures resolves this problem by not only simulating your teeth; but takes it a step further and simulates the roots of your teeth. When dental implants are put into place, to anchor your dentures, bone begins to grow around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration not only keeps your implants secure, but it also fills out the part of the jaw that would have ‘sunken’ without support of the bone. Implant retained dentures combine the security of Dental Implants with the cost effectiveness of Dentures.
Although your Denturist cannot place implants, he/she can design and fit the prosthetics for them, suggest a surgeon to place them and co-ordinate the entire treatment plan. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots and form a stable foundation to retain, or even support, a Denture. Implants can provide exceptional support for full and partial dentures, since the implants integrate with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement teeth.
Dental implants can help provide the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of these implants has become very affordable. Ask us about how dental implants might be the right solution for you. Our clinic works with one of the best and experienced Oral Surgeons specializing in implant dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Improved Ability to eat
- Increased denture stability
- Prevention of bone loss
- Reduction in tissue resorption
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