What is a Dental Denture?
Dental Dentures are dental prosthesis that are used to replace missing teeth either partial or complete. They are custom made to your jaws and can be made for both upper and/or lower jaw. The dentures get their support from the surrounding soft tissues and bone. The complete dentures are made when the patient has lost all the teeth due to some dental disease like Periodontal disease.
Advantages of Dental Dentures
- Improves Mastication or Chewing- the denture teeth help you chew better and thereby maintain a good diet and keep you healthy.
- Aesthetics- Dentures provide support to the lips and cheeks ,thereby providing a fullness and natural appearance to the face.
- Improves Speech- When you have missing front teeth, the speech is altered especially with words that have sounds. By replacing the front teeth, this difficulty in speech can be overcome.
- Self-confidence- By replacing your missing teeth, your self-confidence and self-esteem will be highly improved.
Disadvantages of Dental Dentures
- Adapting to the new dentures. It is common to see patients complaining of discomfort with the new dentures. Your tissues will get adapted to the new dentures when you use them on a daily basis. Few adjustments will be required to reduce the sore spots.
- Dentures become loose over a period of years, because the natural bone which provides the support to the denture undergoes constant changes without teeth.
- The stability of lower denture especially the complete dentures may not be perfect because of the interference of the tongue. In those cases we recommend implant supported dentures.
- Implant Supported Dentures are dentures that are made to snap on to the Implants that will be placed surgically inside the jaw bone. It is very commonly recommended for patients with complete lower dentures. Implant placement is a surgical procedure, where a metal screw is placed inside the bone surgically and allowed to heal and integrate with your bone. Once the implant has well integrated, the dentures will be adjusted to fit the Implants or new Implant Supported Dentures will be made.
- The new bite may not be completely comfortable for few weeks. We can adjust the contacting surfaces of the teeth and it may take few visits to get the comfortable bite relation.
- Cleaning the dentures is an essential part in the maintenance of the denture. The denture can be cleaned with the denture toothbrush and regular toothpaste. It is highly recommended to remove your dentures every night before going to bed, and soaking them in a glass of water.
- For patients wearing Complete dentures, clean your gums with regular toothbrush at least once a day.
- For patients wearing Partial dentures, use special care to clean parts of the denture that comes in contact with the natural teeth. Both the partial and natural teeth have to be kept clean on a daily basis to reduce the chances of developing new cavities.
- If you do not wear your denture either complete or partial or immediate, for a very long time, you will notice that the denture will not fit again, because of the natural changes that occur to your gums and bone. At the same time wearing ill-fitting dentures for a long time can cause severe bone loss and gum irritation. Relining or rebasing or even new dentures may be required in those cases.
Before and After Images
Dental Visits for Denture Wearers
Dental yearly visits are very important for Denture wearers. Foundation that supports the Dentures is important for their Stability and Comfort.