Whether from decay, disease, malnutrition or genetic disorders, sometimes it is necessary for all of a patient’s lower or upper teeth to be extracted. While this can initially be devastating to the patient, dentures can provide a second chance at a beautiful smile.
The new, complete full dentures improve chewing, support one’s facial structure and improve speech. With these immediate dentures, a patient can have a full set of teeth while waiting for gums to heal and bones to realign after having teeth removed. This can take up to six months, so immediate dentures are a great alternative during that time.
Sometimes, complete dentures are not necessary. Partial dentures can replace one or several missing teeth, and are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps or even implants to help stabilize and retain your bite.
No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured to receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth color.
There are two types of dentures are that are available — complete (full) dentures and partial dentures.
The complete (full) dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while the partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are available. A conventional, full-denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissues have healed. An immediate, complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed.
It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness when you first receive any dentures. Although uncomfortable, it is the best way to identify those dentures that may need adjustment. After Dr. DiVito makes the proper adjustments, you will then be able to take them out and night clean them with the proper solution, and then put them back on in the morning.
Replacement teeth for a denture have been developed that are very natural looking and highly esthetic.
Complete dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth either on the top or bottom of their mouth. A Complete Denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces all teeth (within an arch) on the top or bottom of their mouth, some patients have only an upper denture, and some patients only wear a lower and some have both upper and lower complete dentures.
Removable dentures, partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal or acrylic framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth.
Dr. DiVIto will give you specific instruction about how long the dentures should be worn and when it should be removed. Dentures and partial dentures are meant to by used during the day for speaking, eating and smiling. You should not wear your dentures to sleep as this can cause bacterial to build up over night.
Daily cleaning of dentures is recommended. Tartar and Plaque can build up on false teeth, just as they do on your natural teeth. Always brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a SOFT-bristled brush before you insert your dentures and again at night when you’ve removed your dentures. Cleaning the denture can be done using denture cleansers and a hard toothbrush.
Dentures should be checked at least once a year to ensure that the tissues and bone support are functioning and healing properly. Depending upon the patient, dentures and the care of the denture, they typically last several years before needing to be adjusted relined/refitted or replaced.
Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a dentures. The dental implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the most popular alternative to the dentures.
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