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Many people experience problems associated with missing teeth. Missing teeth can impact your health, eating habits, speech and appearance. In addition, bone loss usually occurs when teeth are lost, which in turn can affect your denture. This can cause the denture to become loose, which may destabilize the denture, hurt your ability to chew, and deteriorate your jaw structure over time.
What Can a Denturist Do?
Dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots. Implants form a stable foundation for permanent replacement of teeth. They also act as a support for full or partial dentures because the implants integrate with the bone and act as an anchor for the replacement of teeth.
Dental implants help preserve the bone and maintain the integrity of your facial structure by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system.
As the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, dental implants are the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of implants has become very affordable, so ask your denturist if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Why Are Dental Implants a Good Choice?
Implant retained dentures are more stable and “real” feeling than most other types of dentures. Implants are a proven restoration option with a long clinical history and an excellent success rate.
The benefits of dental implants include:
Your denturist offers various types of dentures to meet your individual needs. He or she will determine what your needs are and how to meet them. Modern dentures can restore your smile as well as be compatible with the sensitive tissues of your mouth.
How to Ensure a Successful Outcome
It is important that you complete a thorough consultation and examination prior to any treatment. Your denturist can advise you as to which denture best suits your lifestyle. Your appointment gives you the chance to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. It also allows the denturist to assess the oral conditions present and address your needs and expectations.
Standard or Premium Personalized Dentures
Standard dentures may fit comfortably and chew well, but they are designed for the average patient using basic tooth shades and shapes. Denture patients with resorbed oral tissues or unusual jaw relationships may require a personalized denture made from premium materials with precision techniques. Premium personalized dentures can combine esthetics, comfort, fit and function to allow your smile to look more natural.
A removable partial denture is usually made to replace one or more teeth and is customized to fit a patient’s specific needs. Removable partial dentures improve the ability to chew and speak clearly and restore a person’s natural appearance.
Type and Style of Partials
Partial dentures can be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue-supported. Your denturist can explain the differences between these two types. Partials can be made of acrylics, a metal/acrylic combinations or flexible thermoplastics. All partials are removable and should be taken out every night to contribute to a healthy oral environment.
New designs, materials and techniques are making partial dentures more comfortable than ever before. Ask your denturist about the designs available!
Benefits of Partials
In some cases, you may be told that you need an immediate denture to avoid the situation of being without teeth. Getting immediate dentures involves taking impressions of your mouth while you still have your natural teeth. Your denturist will then fabricate a denture to match your natural teeth. After you natural teeth are removed, your immediate denture will be inserted, so you don’t need to go without teeth while you heal.
Things You Should Know about Immediate Dentures
The denturist cannot try in your denture prior to extracting your teeth, so some esthetic compromises may be necessary. However, this does not cause any significant problems, and the results are usually quite good.
As you heal, the oral tissues recede, so denture adjustments may be necessary. If so, follow-up appointments with your denturist will be needed. To maintain the best fit and comfort, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the first few months, bone and gum tissue may continue to shrink, but the rate should decrease with time. This is natural and should be expected. Once you have healed, you can either have a new, permanent full denture made or you can have your dentures relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible
If your dentures are broken, worn or do not fit as well as they once did, you may be able to rebase, reline or repair them.
If the denture base material has worn out but the denture teeth have not, the dentures may be rebased. This is done by replacing the entire acrylic denture base with new acrylic, providing a more stable denture without replacing the denture teeth.
Relining is accomplished by adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture so that it fits properly. Relining improves the fit of your denture without changing its appearance. Relines are needed to compensate for shrinkage caused by:
Repairs may be necessary when your dentures chip or break or when teeth need to be added to an existing denture. Most repairs can be completed in one day. Your denturist can address any recurring problems such as poor fit or worn teeth and explain how to prevent denture breakage from happening again.
A regular checkup with your denturist is key to maintaining the look and feel of your dentures. Over time, your mouth changes considerably. Tissue shrinkage and bone loss can affect how your dentures fit. An annual oral exam allows your denturist to fix any cracks, loose teeth or other damage, as well as check your bite and fit. An annual checkup can even prevent or detect the existence of oral cancer or other conditions.
What to Expect During Your Recall, Recare Visit