Living without a strong set of teeth is, at best, an unpleasant experience. Broken and missing ones greatly impacts the way you eat, speak and relate to others. It also affects your facial aesthetics in addition to harming the overall quality of your smile. Regardless if you need partial or complete dentures, we can help you attain a beautiful smile again so you can continue to enjoy your active lifestyle. Continue reading to understand everything you may want to know about this subject.
Full Dentures, which are also known as complete dentures, are the most commonly used when most or all of the teeth in each jaw needs to be replaced. With few natural ones remaining they also need to be removed in order to ensure there is enough space in your mouth to accommodate the denture.
What Are They?
They consist of a set of false teeth — generally 14 on a gum colored acrylic base which is customized to fit snugly on your gums. The objective is to cover the palate and the gums and therefore the fitting becomes extremely important. This is because of a couple of reasons — the denture shouldn’t cause any irritation to your mouth and they also need to remain in place because of the suction.
Preparing for the process requires the specialist to remove any existing teeth. Before the extraction, impressions are taken to be sent to the lab, accompanied by color specifications. Once they are received from the lab, the patient will try them on so that she can make any adjustments needed in order to ensure a perfect fit.
How to Care for Dentures
While not overly difficult, it is still extremely important that you properly care for your new set. Complete sets are intended to be removed. They should always be removed for cleaning after eating before being put back in again. They should be stored separately in water or in a special solution during the night. Failure to do so could cause the denture to dry up and even warp. When this happens, it makes them ill fitting and painful to wear. As they don’t have roots, as implants do, the bone around the empty tooth sockets are likely to dissolve away. This process is known as resorption and causes the gums to shrink, resulting in the piece needing a relining in order to ensure a proper fit. If taken care of properly full sets can last for approximately seven years.
With dentures you can expect a few drawbacks, namely the need to have them relined to prevent a loose fit. Also, although they are made from durable materials and should not fall out, occasionally, due to an improper bite or damage to the device, a tooth could loosen and fall out or need to be repaired.
One of the biggest challenges that come with a removed or missing teeth is gum shrinkage. When they natural ones are gone, the gums will begin to shrink. The shrinkage could go to about fifty percent of the original gums. This can be problematic when you are wearing dentures. As you continue to wear them, you’ll find that they may not fit as well as they were before. The adhesive don’t work well as before. They slip when you talk or chew, and sometimes it falls entirely out of your mouth. When this happens, visit your specialist and have them relined.
This is an important consideration to discuss with your dentist. Let us take a look at the few different types which are available.
- Removable Partials — if you have a couple of adjacent teeth that need to be replaced a removable partial is an excellent option. These are available with clasps on both ends which are designed to attach to the ones on either side for extra support.
- Flexible — these are a popular type of removable partial sets and they are quite flexible as they would adhere better to the contour of the gum to prevent irritation.
- Fixed Bridges — if you want an option without any clasps this is a great choice. They are permanently fastened to adjacent ones for support.
- Full Conventional Sets — these become essential when a major portion of the jaw needs to be replaced. They adhere against the gum by suction.
Dentures Without Pulling Teeth
It is rather common for patients to hate the overall idea of having their teeth pulled. In reality, you can have dentures without extracting the ones which are actually healthy. This is something to discuss before hand. Such ones will be given root canal therapy to prevent any potential infections or inflammations.
One Piece Without a Roof Plate
These are popularly referred to as “snap on dentures”.. They consist of a complete set with a removable base that can be snapped onto four or five different implants. This is suitable for those who are missing all of their natural ones but still have sufficient bone to support the implants. We will go over each treatment to help you understand the kind of options best suited to your needs.
Be Aware Of Your Options
Full sets which are carried by implants are commonly referred to as an all-on-4. These are actually the closest that one can get to having natural teeth. This is an option you may want to consider because instead of having fixed implant-supported dentures you also have the choice of those which come with snaps which allow you to move them and to put them on as you wish.
Another option available for patients who wish to avoid any extractions is something called an overdenture. This is basically a prosthesis which will lean over the prepared teeth roots.They are also beneficial for preventing bone resorption. Take a look at the available options.
Your New Teeth Over Time
These types of dental additions are generally associated with aging, as teeth will begin to hurt and cause issues. However, the fact remains that the need for artificial ones is bred from the overall condition. Oral health is likely to play a role and a mirror image of your overall oral hygiene and therefore you need to ensure that you follow all of the specialist’s recommendations for maintaining good oral health.
Moreover, the quality of bone may have deteriorated and could be one of the factors which determine that additional procedures are required. Some of these are:
- Alveoloplasty — this is a therapy in which the re-contouring of your jaw bone is undertaken to ensure that the bearing area for the fixture is appropriately rounded to provide maximum surface area for enhancing the overall retention.
- Bone Grafting — patients who have a low quantity of jaw bone or the quality of the bone is not high enough will be required to undergo this procedure. In patients of this type, this procedure requires the placement of a bone graft to the jaws for conveniently improving the overall retention support.
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Let us care for your dental needs and offer you a new set of durable and comfortable dentures. Our office is in Frisco, TX, just minutes from The Colony and close to Prosper. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about the best dental options, treatment, and prices and we will be happy to help you out.
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