- removable dentures
- Vital Facts for Denture Wearers
Complete and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two major types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
When all teeth are lost there are two ways of replacing them.
1. Immediate denture: Replacing the teeth on the day of extraction.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Because the tissues shrink during the process of healing, many adjustment will have to be made to make it fit properly.
2.The traditional way:
This type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed which usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.
Vital Facts for Denture Wearers
Wearing full or partial dentures is a daily reality for millions of Americans. A common and potentially harmful misconception is that once someone has dentures, visiting the dentist regularly is no longer necessary. Denture wearers need to continue to see their dentist because the mouth is constantly changing. Signs of serous disease, such as diabetes, often first appear in the mouth. Dentists check for signs of oral cancer and examine the gums, tongue and jaw joints. Regular dental visits and good follow up home care are essential to keep dentures functioning and looking their best. Dentures may become loose because of changes in mouth tissue. This not only can interfere with speech and cause embarrassment, but constant bad odor from absorption of fluid or bacteria, or color changes due to age or reaction to fluids in the mouth. Many denture wearers mistakenly believe that they have to accept speech or eating difficulties. Social withdrawal and inadequate nutrition due to these problems can threaten overall health and psychological well being. With dentures properly fitted and maintained bay a dentist, very few restrictions should exist in diet and social interactions. Eating and talking should be pleasant experiences. The belief that dental adhesives must be used regularly is a dangerous misconception. Prolonged use of denture creams or powders can mask infections and cause bone loss in the jaw. Adhesives can be used in an emergency or to keep dentures stable until a dental appointment can be scheduled to regain a proper fit. Denture wearers should clean and brush their dentures daily t remove plaque, stains and food deposits. They should also brush their gums, tongue and palate with a soft bristled brush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. They should never try to repair their dentures themselves, as this could lead to irreparable damage and endangered oral health. If you have any questions your dentures, call our office.