Modern-day dentures are far removed from the heavy old contraptions of the past, yet they still remain an affordable and effective way of replacing missing teeth. Nowadays they’re lighter, more lifelike, and way more comfortable than their predecessors. What’s more they come in a variety of guises. These include:
Full dentures – Used to replace entire arches of teeth
Partial dentures – Used to replace one or several lost teeth
Immediate dentures – Designed to be fitted immediately after multiple teeth have been extracted
Implant-retained dentures – Prosthetic teeth supported by strategically placed dental implants
Despite the fact that dentures come with their own set of unique challenges, they have many advantages; and because of this, they have been around in one form or another for many years. Ultimately, dentures allow a patient to quickly restore bite function while supporting the lips and cheeks. They also help prevent any existing teeth from gravitating towards a gap, therefore pulling them out of alignment. Finally, from an aesthetic and psychological point of view – well-fitting, modern dentures have the ability to restore a great smile, make a person appear younger than their years, and above all, in many cases, bring back some much needed confidence.
At Chesterfield Dentistry our dentures are made using acrylic resins. This provides a mixture of strength and comfort in the mouth. Normally dentures are held in place by natural suction, and this is often sufficient. However sometimes they may need a little dental fixative to ensure they remain in position. Alternatively implant-retained dentures are secured in position by strategically placed dental implants which are themselves anchored into the jaw bone. With conventional dentures however, as the shape of your jaw changes, they will need adjusting from time to time to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
If you feel apprehensive about wearing either full or partial dentures, Dr Akinwande and her experienced team are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have, so don’t be afraid to ask.
The procedure itself
During your first consultation Dr Akinwande will examine your mouth for suitability and assess your needs. Your gums need to be strong to support any dentures so if they aren’t then this needs to be treated first. Assuming that your gums are healthy, and after extracting any severely damaged or decayed teeth, an impression of your mouth/gums is taken and used as a model to fabricate your new dentures. On average patients can expect to wait 2-4 weeks. Just like full dentures, partials can be used in either the upper or lower jaw and give the wearer a restored bite function. In addition they also help to restore clarity when speaking.
Despite the fact that dentures are strong in the mouth, they’re also fragile when out of the mouth, so care should always be taken not to drop or bang them. Dentures need to be removed and cleaned thoroughly because full and partial dentures contain tiny pores that can harbor bacteria. For this reason they need to be cleaned daily using a specialist denture brush. Any remaining teeth and gums should also be brushed to avoid bacteria. When dentures aren’t in the mouth it’s advisable to keep them in cold water to prevent them from warping. Cleaning tablets can also be used to prevent staining as just like natural teeth, dentures can discolor when in contact with beverages such as coffee, coca cola, and red wine.
If you’re still unsure about whether dentures are right for you, then come and talk to Dr Akinwande. Remember you should never have to suffer with missing teeth. Instead she will answer all your questions and concerns allowing you to make an informed dental decision. To book an appointment contact us today on (314) 469 6429