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Dentures – What Are They?
Dentures are an affordable and effective solution that restore dental function and facial aesthetics, through the use of a fully customised dental prosthetic. Sunken cheeks and lips are supported through this prosthesis, restoring their confidence and allowing them to have basic bite function restored. With a well-fitted set of customised dentures, patients can speak, smile better, and eat better.
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What Are Dentures?
Dentures or commonly known as false teeth and are prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth. Replacement teeth are attached to a base made from acrylic; this base is customised to appear as your natural gum. Usually, older adults are typical patrons of dentures, but younger patients can also become partially or totally edentulous (missing teeth) due to other reasons, which may result in them looking for tooth replacement solutions such as dentures or dental implants.
There exist two main types of dentures; full and partial dentures. Full dentures are used when a patient has had all of their teeth missing or removed, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain with some teeth missing.
Patients typically require an average of 5 visits before they can receive a fully fitted denture custom designed for them.
During the initial consultation, our dentists will examine you current oral and dental health to access your suitability for this tooth replacement solution. After which a diagnosis will be carried out followed by impression taking of the mouth, registration of the bite.
After which, the impressions and diagnostics will be sent to dental lab for fabrication.
During your next visit, the dentist will present to you your new prosthesis and make the relevant adjustments to ensure that your dentures are a perfect fit. The complexity of the case will determine the number of visits and the amount of adjustments needed.
Full dentures are used when a patient has had all of their teeth missing or removed, these dentures can be made in of two ways; “conventional” or “immediate.”
Conventional full dentures are only made after all teeth have been removed (If there are still teeth) and after gum tissue has healed. Conventional dentures will only be ready for placement in the mouth after about 2 months after removal of teeth.
Immediate full dentures unlike conventional dentures are made in advance of any teeth removal procedures, as such, patients undergoing this style of dentures do not have to be without teeth during the healing period as the dentures will be issued on the same visit.
However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Partial dentures or bridges are type of removable dentures that consists of replacement teeth attached to a acrylic base that’s customised to match the patients gum colour, these partial dentures are sometimes connected by a metal frame that holds the prosthesis in place within the mouth. Partial dentures are used when a patient still has one or more natural teeth remaining in either the upper or lower jaw. A fixed dental bridge can be used to replace one or more of the patients teeth by placing the crowns on the remaining teeth. This dental bridge is then cemented into place which prevents existing teeth from shifting.
A well-made partial denture is removable and has internal attachments that help attach the prosthesis to adjacent dental crowns, giving the final product a natural look when worn in the mouth.
Reasons for Tooth Loss
Tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and relevant dental diseases associated with poor oral flora control of bacteria (plaque control) are the most common reasons for tooth loss. Other causes include developmental defects as a result of genetic, malnutrition, or congenital defects, like anodontia which is defined by the lack of one or more permanent or deciduous teeth, and trauma.
Expectations of Dentures
You will need time to acclimatise to talking or eating. Always visit your dentist to review and provide any adjustments to areas of the mucosa and gum, which cannot hold functional pressure and lead to pain.
These prosthesis have a limited amount of wear time as the human jaw bone tends to resorp (shrink), thus a gap is developed between the bony ridge and denture base. It is essential to remake a denture in a 5-8 year’s interval, which is based on the turn out of your bone resorption rate.
Caring For Your False Teeth
- To prevent accumulation of bacterial, it is essential to remove dentures and they have to be carefully cleaned after eating, for the removal of any food particles.
- Avoid wearing dentures at night. Once taken off, ensure they are thoroughly washed and brushed and placed in a container filled with water all through the night.
- Dentures tend to lose shape if left outside to dry, so it is important to store them in water when not in use
- Make use of a special denture brush and hand brush; do not use hot water when washing your dentures. Use denture cleansers to remove food odours and stains from the dentures. Consult your dentist for further advise
- Visit your dentist regularly to ensure your existing teeth is maintained and to verify if your dentures still fit.
A poorly-fitted denture can lead to food trap, thereby leading to higher chance of gum disease, tooth decay, bone loss, and fungal infections. We recommend discussing any pain you experience with the dentist. Try not to adjust the parts or surfaces of the dentures on your own – it can probably affect them and would not fit your mouth as expected. Get your dentist to help you adjust the dentures.
Gums and jawbones shrink naturally, which make the prosthesis fit poorly, making it difficult for you to chew, as well as experience infections and possible sores. Always visit the dentist, not just the dentures, but also the entire oral tissue assessed annually.
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