Living without a good set of strong teeth is a challenge at best, and certainly an unhappy experience. Damaged and missing ones also lend to the distortion of your facial features, in addition to the overall appearance of your smile. There is good news however. We can help you regain confidence and maintain an active lifestyle. Let’s discuss everything you need to know about complete and partial dentures.
Full dentures, also called complete dentures, are a solution to the problem of missing most of, or even all, teeth in one or both jaws. No point in hanging onto any few natural remaining ones, especially if they are not healthy and also to make sure that there will be enough room to accommodate a one-piece, or full set of dentures. .
This is a set of false ones – most often 14 – set on an acrylic base which is colored similarly to your gums, and designed to fit securely and comfortably on your gums. The base will cover the gums and palate so it’s really important that it fits just right. The snug fit will ensure that the appliance won’t cause irritation to the tissues in your mouth and gums, and will keep it in place with the help of suction.
To prepare for this process, a specialist will remove remaining ones, if there are any. They will take impressions of your mouth and jaw and send these images, along with specifications for the color, to the lab. Once the lab fabricates them, they will be sent back to the specialist. During the next appointment, you’ll get to try them on. It may involve some adjustments to get them fitting perfectly.
Once you take them home, there are some important things to do to properly care for them. This type of replacement can be removed so they should be taken out for cleaning every time you eat, then placed back in your mouth. When they are not in your mouth, most likely when you are sleeping, they should be stored in water or a special solution. If you don’t do this, the device can dry up, which can cause warping and make them ill fitting or not work at all.
Another important thing to note is that this replacement solution doesn’t provide new tooth roots for the ones that fell out or were removed. Because of this, the bone surrounding the empty sockets may dissolve. This process, called resorption, causes changes to your gums. The denture will likely need a relining over time to keep a good fit. But, if you do take care of them, you can expect them to last several years, about 7.
They do have limitations, such as the required relining mentioned before. Others are occasionally experiencing a lost tooth or the fit becoming loose.
What type do you need?
Because of the variety of types available, this is an important question to discuss. Here are a few of the choices you may encounter:
- Removable Partials – this option is ideal when you have one or two adjacent ones that need to be replaced. They have clasps at either end of the device which will attach to the ones on either side of void to support them in place.
- Flexible – This type is very common and for good reason. Their flexibility enables them to adhere better to the gum, making them less irritating than others.
- Fixed bridges – This type are permanently attached to the surrounding crowns.
- Full conventional Sets – A full set is needed when all or most of them are missing and need to be replaced. The suction against the gum adheres them in the mouth.
- One-Piece without a roof plate – Sometimes referred to as snap-on dentures, this type is a complete set with a removable base attached to four or five implants with a snap like attachment.
- All on 4 – this is a full set supported by implants. This type is as close to having natural ones as it can be.
The idea of having all or most of one’s teeth pulled is something everybody hates to imagine. In some cases you can have a type that will allow you to keep healthy ones without pulling them. Any that are kept may likely be root canal treated to prevent the potential for an infection or inflammation. Another option is an over-denture. It is a prosthesis which rests over prepared roots. It will be important to discuss this with your specialist before hand.
Not Just Old Age
Having dentures usually brings old age to mind, and it is true that they begin to hurt and cause more issues as you grow older. However, the need for artificial ones really depends on one’s overall condition and oral health. In turn, this is a result of overall oral hygiene. From an early age, a person should always take care to practice good care and hygiene.
Another consideration is that your bone quality might not be up to par and therefore, other procedures might also be necessary. Some are:
- Alveoloplasty – in this procedure your jaw bone will be re-contoured so that the areas supporting your prosthesis are rounded properly for the maximum surface area. This will make it easier and more comfortable to hold it in place.
- Bone Grafting – for patients with low jawbone quality, a bone graft will be placed so that support will be sufficient to hold the device in place.
We can offer you a great looking and durable set of comfortable dentures. If you are in or near Torrance, California, visit our office. We are just minutes from Redondo Beach, conveniently situated in the heart of the South Bay, CA. For questions about this or any other dental treatment or cost price, give us a call.
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