Partial or full tooth loss, if left untreated not only affects your self-confidence but it also increases the risk of developing other systemic health and nutritional problems. Dentures can bring back your smile and make chewing and eating a normal process again.
Dentures are removable dental prosthesis which replaces natural teeth. Dentures are designed to resemble natural teeth and are carefully crafted to match your smile’s appearance.
Types of dentures
Full Dentures are worn by patients who are missing all teeth in either the maxillary or mandibular arch. The complete dentures cover the entire upper or lower jaw. They are made of a gum-colored base and attached false teeth. There are three types of full dentures:
Conventional dentures are recommended for patients with completely healed gums. They can be put in place after eight weeks from the latest extraction. A patient’s gum healing time can vary from person to person and the exact time for the denture installation will be determined by the dentist. During this period, the patient needs to maintain proper dental hygiene and appropriate diet to facilitate the healing.
To prevent the acute discomfort of living without teeth, immediate dentures are an ideal option. They can be worn immediately after the last tooth is removed. However, the jaw modifies continuously during the gum healing process, so periodic adjustments need to be made. Immediate dentures are recommended as a temporary treatment until the conventional dentures can be worn.
Dentists try to save whatever possible from the natural teeth, regardless of their condition. Natural teeth help maintain the jawbone in good condition and provide good support to the dentures. The overdenture is designed to accommodate existing teeth. Dental implants can also be used for support.
Partial dentures are suitable for patients who need denture only on a part of their mouth. Unlike bridges, the partial dentures can be removed by the patient for added comfort. They are attached to existing teeth or implants with precision attachments or clasps.
Dentures Care and Maintenance
The care and maintenance steps depend on the type of denture used as well as on the patient’s condition. Dr. Harada details the dos and don’ts when wearing dentures, however, there are few general rules which need to be followed by each patient.
- Dentures need to be worn continuously in the first few weeks until the patient gets used to it. Afterward, the denture can be removed during the night for additional comfort.
- When not used, the denture must be placed in a special container and fully covered with water, to preserve its flexibility.
- The denture needs to be cleaned every day with a non-abrasive cleanser and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Visit the dentist regularly for adjustments and routine check on gums and remaining teeth.
Dentures change one’s appearance, boost self-esteem and improve the patient’s eating experience. Available in different materials and adapted to every budget, dentures are a necessity for anyone who has lost their teeth. Visit us for a check-up and see what type of denture best fits you!