What are dentures?
Dentures are therapeutic and rehabilitative devices. Despite the advanced development of this field of dentistry, doctors continuously place great emphasis on the prevention and treatment of patient’s own teeth. As a last resort, when a tooth or teeth have to be removed, a prosthetist comes to the rescue. Thanks to dentures, people who have lost their own teeth can enjoy their new look and regain lost functions. Prosthetic restorations require precision; any mismatch may cause pain and functional disorders that may cause changes in the periodontium and interfere with daily life.
Why should you consider dentures?
Loss of teeth may be caused by a multitude of factors, including genetic predispositions, improper oral care, injury, or disease. Despite the reasons, people suffering from these cosmetic defects more often than not experience an enormous decline in self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being. Beautiful teeth are a sign of health and beauty. Even the loss of one tooth can have a detrimental impact on a patient’s happiness and comfort.
Fortunately, modern technologies offered by the prosthetics field make it extremely difficult to distinguish artificial teeth from natural teeth. A missing tooth, besides its aesthetic aspects, can cause various disorders and should be promptly replaced. The teeth adjacent to the gap begin to move, and the opposing teeth may extend. Individual teeth may become overloaded and loose, interfering with your bite structure and the functioning of the mandibular joints. Loose teeth are more susceptible to periodontal diseases, and they are more easily damaged, contributing to further tooth loss. In addition to speech impediments, an incomplete bite results in inaccurate chewing of the food, which may cause digestive disorders.
Traditional complete full dentures
If you are suffering from complete or severe loss of teeth, you may be considering getting dentures to regain a beautiful smile, natural facial profile, and, above all, your life. Full dentures are designed for patients with significant loss of all or majority of teeth. They are custom-made to fit the needs and individual characteristics of the patient. A full denture set is a removable replacement of your teeth, and in many cases, the procedure requires the extraction of all of your teeth in the upper and lower half of your mouth. Before you can enjoy the benefits of dentures, your gums must fully heal from the trauma.
The advancements of prosthetics achieved great results in creating discrete dentures, where no one will be able to tell the difference. The sets are made from acrylic or plastic, resembling your natural gums. The flesh-colored dentures are molded with grand precision for an adequate and comfortable fit.
If you still have many healthy and strong teeth, they might become a foundation for partial dentures. Partial dentures are created from the same materials that are used in making full dentures – flesh-colored artificial gums that hold the replacement teeth. The dentures fit snugly into your mouth to replace your missing teeth. As with complete dentures, partials have a natural appearance and feel to discreetly let you enjoy living the life you always wanted.
Implant Retained Dentures
Another type of replacement teeth is implant dentures, a prosthetic device that falls somewhere between traditional dentures and dental implants. Implant-retained dentures do not require the use of adhesive cream, making it a more convenient and stable solution to regain your ability to smile and chew with ease. While few food restrictions exist when wearing traditional dentures, with implant-supported dentures, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your artificial teeth. Although supported by implants, the device is fully removable.
How to care for dentures?
Maintaining proper hygiene of the dentures is important for health, aesthetics, and supporting a pleasant smell from the mouth. Uncleaned dentures change the taste of food, and the microporous acrylic structures harbor bacteria and fungi. Dentures should be cleaned thoroughly after each meal, at least twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to get rid of all food residue and other particles. When cleaning dentures, remember that you are dealing with a fragile device. Handle your dentures with care to avoid accidentally dropping and breaking them.
After removing dentures, make sure you clean your mouth thoroughly, using a soft-bristled toothbrush on the remaining natural teeth. If you use a denture adhesive on your gums, make sure to remove it entirely.
Denture adhesive cream is designed to improve your denture-wearing experience. The special adhesive cream is applied to a dry or wet denture, which is then kept pressed against the palate and gums for a few seconds. The soft layer that forms between the gums and the denture provides fixation, alleviates symptoms associated with rubbing against the gums, and prevents food debris from accumulating under the denture.
Our mission is to provide dental services at the highest possible level with exceptional patient care. We deliver precision in our daily work and ensure a friendly atmosphere, where your issues become our own. If you value quality and pain-free treatment, we are the right choice for your needs. Let us help you reclaim your smile!