Dentures and dental treatmentDentures are the best alternative for the missing teeth. They are false teeth made of acrylic resin sometimes in combination with various metals. They are used as removable replacements for missing teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures replace all the teeth that covers your entire upper or lower jaw, while a partial denture are used when only a few teeth are missing and to fill in the spaces created by missing teeth so as to prevent other teeth from changing position.
What is the cause of Tooth Loss and why missing tooth should be replaced?
Tooth loss can occur due to many reasons. It may be from periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay, or traumatic injury. Other reasons include tooth developmental defects caused by severe malnutrition, genetic defects such as Dentinogenesis imperfecta, or drug use.
It is very important to replace missing teeth as because it can have negative effects on your self-confidence, your ability to chew food and your bite. Since your teeth provide structure and support to your cheeks, tooth loss can result in shifting of the remaining teeth as well as a sagging facial appearance and making you appear older than what you are.
What are the Types of Dentures?
There are two types of dentures Complete denture and Partial denture.
When all your teeth are missing, a complete denture is used to replace them (your entire upper or lower jaw). Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate."
Partial denture or overdenture is used if only a few teeth are needed to be replaced. Partial dentures can prevent your existing healthy teeth from shifting following tooth loss.
Who needs a denture?
If you have lost most of your teeth then complete denture is suitable for you. While if you have some natural teeth remaining, then partial denture is suitable for you. Denture improves your chewing ability and speech, and provides support for your facial muscles. It greatly enhance your facial appearance and smile and boost your confidence.
What is the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?
Depending on when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" . In Conventional dentures, after the remaining teeth have been removed and the tissues are healed the dentures are made and inserted. It may take several months (at least 6-8 weeks.) for the tissues to heal.
In Immediate dentures immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth the dentures are inserted. In order to make this possible, during a preliminary visit, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient's jaws .
An advantage of immediate dentures is that during the healing period the wearer are not without teeth. But in some cases, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth, bones and gums can shrink. If this happens that is if the gums shrink, rebasing or relining of the immediate dentures is required to fit properly.
What is an overdenture?
Partial denture are also known as overdenture. It is a removable denture. It fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. It is important to prepare the natural teeth to provide stability and support for the denture. Consult your dentist to determine whether an overdenture is suitable for you.
What is the Procedure For Dentures?
Your dentist will decide whether you need a partial or full dentures.
1. In the first appointment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth so as to assess your need.
2. Some of your existing teeth may need to be extracted first or treatment to get your gums into good health may be needed before starting the procedure of denture.
3.Next an impression (mould) of your gums will be taken. This will be send it to the laboratory will be used as a model to fabricate your dentures to fit the contours of your mouth exactly.
4.Once the dentures are ready the health care professional will fix the dentures into the mouth.
What is expected after the dentures are done?
- You may feel awkward with the new dentures for the first few weeks until you become accustomed to them. You might fell the dentures loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue will learn to keep them in place. In some case you might experience minor irritation or soreness and temporary increase of the saliva flow. But once you mouth becomes habituated with the dentures, these problems will diminish. In case if problems like irritation or soreness persists you need to take the advice of your dentist.
- Dentures may even improve the appearance of your face and the look of your smile. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth, so a little improve in your appearance will be noticeable. .
- After Dentures are done eating and chewing food will require a little practice. You should start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Use both sides of your mouth at the same time and chew slowly so as to prevent the dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing with dentures, add other hard foods and return to your normal diet.
- Practice is required for pronouncing certain words. It will help you if you read out loudly and repeat troublesome words. Speak more slowly, if your dentures "click" while you're talking. When you laugh, cough or smile you may find that your dentures occasionally slip. By gently biting down and swallowing you can reposition the dentures. If the speaking problem persists, you need to consult your dentist.
How long it is necessary wear your dentures?
Instructions about how long should you wear your dentures will be provided by your dentist. You may be advised to wear them most of the time, including while you sleep, during the first few days. Then after some days, your dentist will advice you to remove the dentures before going to bed. This permits the gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health. However the tissues be constantly covered by denture material is not desirable .
How do you take care of your dentures?
You can take proper care of your dentures by following some simple steps..
- Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures as dentures are very delicate and if it drops from a few few inches it may break.
- When you are not useing them store it in a safe place away from children and pet.
- Remove your dentures at night.This gives your gums a rest.
- You should brush your dentures daily to remove food deposits and plaque and soak them in a glass of cold water while you aren't wearing them. While soaking your dentures you can add special cleaning tablets in the water.
- A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used for cleaning dentures. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures.
- Never place dentures in hot water, as because it may cause them to warp.
- Always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth.
- Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to clean the dentures.
How long do dentures last? Does it needs a replacement?
This depends on many factors.
1. How you take care of them.
2. How much they are used by you this is in terms of general wear and tear.
However with time, dentures can become loose as your gums shrink and causing jaws to align differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. A loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may change your facial features.You may need a new set of dentures if this happens. But mostly with time due to normal wear and tear, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or remade. In such cases a simple modification that is (the dentist uses the existing denture teeth and refits the denture base or makes a new denture base) may solve the problem.
Are there any alternatives to dentures?
Dentures are not the only way to restore a mouth. Dental implants, permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Though the cost of these tends to be more, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the "feel" of real teeth. Now a days Dental implants is the best alternative choice to dentures, but everyone is not a candidate for implants. Call your dentist for advice.
How much can Dentures cost you?
The cost of dentures depends on several factors, including:
- Due to additional procedure such as extractions of remaining teeth or any kind of oral surgery such as to refine bony ridges.
- The location of the dentist.
- Country in which you are living in.
- The Dental insurance you have.
- Dental materials selected by the patient and the dentist.Like highly cross-linked polymer denture teeth are more expensive than conventional plastic teeth but they are more esthetic and do not wear out easily.
- The type of warranty offered. Some warranties may last for one to two years, while others may last up to 10 years.
Complete dentures can cost you from $300 to $8,000.This difference in cost is due to the fabrication time, cost of dental materials, and the experience of the dentist. Complete dentures may take 15 hours and five to six appointments by an experienced dentist to complete the whole process. The cost range does not include fees associated with possible oral surgery or tooth extraction. Insurance companies may offer a 15 percent reimbursement or up to a 50 percent absorption of the total procedure costs.
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