Patients often lose their teeth due to trauma, decay, injury, or circumstances requiring extraction. However, losing all or most of the teeth on an arch can prove to be a complicated issue, affecting your mouth’s bite and affecting your ability to chew, speak, and eat. Luckily, Rockledge Dentistry of Lawrence, KS, offers dentures to replace your missing teeth quickly and easily.
Do I need dentures?
Dentures benefit patients missing all or most of their teeth. Some people choose for dentures for aesthetic reasons. Dentures give you a full, customizable, and natural-looking smile which can make you feel great about the way you look. Additionally, you may need dentures if you have trouble chewing or speaking due to your loose, missing, or shifting teeth.
Types of Full Dentures
Immediate Dentures: These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. Because of the muscular readjustment required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are placed immediately after tooth extraction won't fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete. They do, however, provide you with new teeth right away, and give you time to adjust.
Conventional Full Dentures: After a period of time, permanent dentures that conform to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy can be fabricated. These are carefully crafted to look as much like your own natural teeth as possible, and are able to function properly in your mouth for a long time.
Implant-Supported Overdentures: To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it's possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants (generally three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a great balance of comfort, functionality and value.
Types of Partial Dentures
Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-constructed, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.
Caring For Dentures
Caring for your dentures will require that you remove them before going to sleep at night and soak them in denture solution while you sleep. Before replacing your dentures, brush them with a denture cleaner and denture brush to remove any food particles or bacteria from the prosthetic. Brush any remaining natural teeth and oral tissues, like your gums and tongue twice a day, and floss between each tooth at least once. Additionally, see your dentist for examinations and cleanings at the recommended two times a year.
Do you need Dentures or would like to learn more?
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