Dentures Clearwater FL
Last updated: February 17, 2018
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums created by your dentist to replace lost or naturally removed teeth. Dentures can be used to replace all your teeth, a few missing teeth or either your upper or bottom teeth. They are designed to fit your mouth and look like your natural teeth.
They are sometimes made of porcelain and metal material or acrylic plastic. The material that is used to make dentures is way more fragile than natural teeth so it’s easy for them to crack or chip if they are not cared for properly. Since the material is also very fragile, it wears down much faster than natural teeth.
How do Dentures Work?
Dentures have a gum-colored base made of plastic resin that fits over the area where your teeth were. They are held in place by a suctioning effect since they fit so close to the jawbone. This is why it is so important that you get perfectly fitting dentures.
If you have an upper denture, the large surface area on the roof of your mouth gives it extra support so it becomes very stable. The prosthetic teeth work and look just like normal teeth.
How are Dentures Made and Fitted?
First, your dentist will:
a) Take an x-ray of your mouth
b) Consider your previous dental history
c) Treat any gum disease you have or extract teeth.
Your dentist will then take an accurate mold of your mouth. Your denture will be made from this mold and the dentist, together with his lab technician will choose from among different shapes and sizes of prosthetic teeth to ensure that they create the most natural looking smile for you.
How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
The first few weeks or even months may feel awkward or uncomfortable with your new dentures. It might even take you a little practice to learn how to eat and speak with your dentures in place.
Your muscle cheeks and tongue will need to learn how to hold the dentures in place so it’s not uncommon to feel like they are loose or bulky. You might also feel like your tongue does not have a lot of space in your mouth, too much saliva in your mouth or a little soreness.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Your dentures will undergo normal wear and tear so they will need to be relined, rebased or remade. They usually last a minimum of five to seven years if they are properly taken care of. Your mouth also naturally changes as you age so your dentures might loosen.
How Can You Take Care of Your Dentures?
You should avoid sleeping with your dentures to avoid dislodging or damaging them. In addition, removing them at night before you sleep will give your gums a chance to relax. Other ways you can take care of your dentures include:
a) Fully submerge them in warm water to prevent them from becoming misshapen and from drying out.
b) If your dentures have metal components, only submerge them in denture soaking solution to prevent the metal from tarnishing.
c) Always handle your dentures with a folded towel or basin of water. This is because they are very delicate and may break if they fall on a hard surface.
d) Brush them daily with liquid hand soap to prevent them from becoming stained. This also removes plaque and food deposits from them.
e) Don’t adjust your dentures if you see a crack or chip. Fixing them yourself might cause more damage. See your dentist so that they can fix them for you.
f) Brush your palate, tongue, and gums before inserting your dentures to remove plaque and stimulate circulation.
What are Different Types of Dentures?
a) Full Dentures
These dentures replace a full set of teeth. Before fitting the dentures, your dentist will remove any remaining teeth. Your dentist may decide to wait several months before measuring your mouth and ordering your dentures from the supplier. This is because your jawbone reshapes slowly over time.
However, since you won’t have any teeth at this time, your dentist will fit an immediate replacement to keep you comfortable in the meanwhile. They will later reline your immediate dentures to fit the new shape of your jawbone.
These will be used if you still have some of your natural teeth. They can be attached to your teeth using several methods such as:
i) Attaching them to the crowns of the teeth
ii) A partial denture that sticks to precision attachments
iii) Using metal clasps that grip your natural teeth.
c) Implant Supported Dentures
As the name suggests, your dentures will be secured using a dental implant. Your dentist will fix the implants in one or more visits. The best thing about these types of dentures is that they are very stable, especially in the lower jaw, compared to other types. Other dentures are likely to slip out but the implant supported dentures can be bar and ball retained.
The denture will be fixed to a bar using clips. Ball-retained dentures have sockets that fit onto ball-shaped connectors on the implants.
In order for you to get this type of denture, your dentist has to ensure that you have healthy gums, sufficient jawbone, and good oral hygiene.
d) Custom Dentures
The prosthetic teeth used on the dentures are pricier than other types of dentures. They are also customized for your smile so that it looks as natural as possible.
e) Snap in Dentures
They are held in place by dental implants so they are stable. They have locator attachments embedded on the tissue side of the denture. They are different from the implant supported dentures in that they are removable thanks to the locator attachments which simply snap onto the implants.
These types of dentures sit on top of the gums and are held by dental implants. They are also removable.
g) Economy Dentures
They are considered to be cost-effective but they are generic and don’t look natural. Additionally, they don’t fit securely and denture adhesive might be needed to secure them.
Are dentures durable?
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
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