Dentures – While we do everything possible to help you save your teeth, sometimes, it is necessary to remove teeth to minimize infection or other health problems. A denture replaces an entire arch of teeth. A partial denture is used when three or more teeth are missing.
There are a few different types of dentures and partials that we at Seven Star Dental offer:
Conventional Full Dentures
A conventional full denture is a removable appliance used to replace all teeth in a dental arch. It seats over the gum tissue and is supported solely by the underlying bone structure. Dentures are meant to be used to chew and assist with speech; however, their function is 20% as compared to the function of natural teeth. Full conventional dentures typically last 5 or more years, depending upon the material used and the integrity of the bone supporting the dentures. This type of appliance needs to be removed from the mouth at night to prevent gum sores.
Also it is important to note that dental checkups are still recommended to ensure the health of the oral tissue and good fit of the denture. Dr. Maria Bustamante recommends annual checkups to ensure the health of the mouth and professionally clean your denture. If you are looking for a solution to make a conventional denture more comfortable and that supports your lifestyle, a Seven Star Dental team member will be happy to assist you!
Immediate Full Dentures
Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures since the jawbone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jawbone has healed, this is typically three months after the extraction surgery.
Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. It is different than a cemented bridge restoration. A partial denture has a metal base used to sit on gum tissue and around existing teeth for retention.
Flexible Partial Dentures
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures as you adapt to them. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is a better alternative than not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles then you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water ; it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, call our Seven Star Dental team today to schedule a checkup and learn about other options to fit your needs and lifestyle.
When looking to significantly improve the fit, contour and function of a denture, a hybrid or implant-supported denture is the way to go. Two, three, or multiple implants can be used as anchors to provide the support and stability to chew on a piece of steak or to have a more natural looking smile.
Call us today to request an appointment to learn more about the alternatives available with dentures. Dr. Maria Bustamante will thoroughly explain the options that best fit your personal goals.