Dental Procedures

 

Dentures

When a person has lost some or all of their natural teeth, dentures are a solution to help with regaining teeth functionality and aesthetics.  Provisional dentures are often used to temporary fill in the tooth gap while waiting for an implant final restoration.  Dentures can also be used as a permanent solution to replace entire rows of teeth.  Through consultation with your doctor, the patient can decide to have fully removable dentures, to stabilize the denture with implants, or to fix the denture to the jaw.

 

Denture Stablization with Implants

 

 

 

 

   

 

About Wearing Dentures

When you first begin to wear dentures, they may feel loose. This is normal until you learn to keep them in place with the muscles of your cheek and tongue. The dentures will also feel bulky and may cause a slight gagging sensation. Your mouth may feel sore and irritated and your saliva flow may increase. As you become adjusted to wearing the dentures, these problems often decrease.

 

Appearance

Dentures may improve your appearance by changing the shape of your face and reducing facial creases at the corners of your lips. Your facial expression may seem different initially until the facial muscles adapt to the dentures.

 

Eating With Dentures

Initially, when you are learning to use your dentures, it is best to eat soft foods. When the dentures feel more comfortable, gradually try coarser and harder foods until you are able to eat a normal diet. Avoid sticky or very hard foods. Learning to chew properly with your new dentures will take some practice.

 

Speaking With Dentures

Wearing dentures can make a difference in the way you pronounce certain words. Practice reading aloud to overcome any speech difficulties. Any problems should be mentioned to your dentist.

 

When To Wear Your Dentures

Initially, your dentures should be worn as much as possible. This helps to quickly identify any areas of the denture, which may need adjusting by your dentist. Your dentures should also be taken out at night before going to bed. This gives the tissues in your mouth a chance to rest and helps maintain oral health.

 

Caring For Your Mouth

Even with dentures, it is important to take care of your mouth. Each day, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft brush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Visit your dentist regularly - at least once a year - even if your dentures are comfortable and you are not experiencing any problems. In addition to checking your dentures, the dentist will examine the oral tissues for any sign of disease.

 

Caring For Your Dentures

For a healthy mouth and fresh breath, plaque and food deposits should be cleaned from your dentures daily. After removing your dentures from your mouth, rinse them well to wash off any loose particles. Then, using a soft brush and liquid dish soap, brush the dentures thoroughly but carefully. Always leave your dentures in a container of fresh water when you are not wearing them. If the dentures become dry, they may change shape.

Do not try to adjust or reline your dentures yourself. This may cause harm to your oral tissues and may cause damage to the denture beyond the point of repair. For the first three months after insertion of the denture adjustments are included in the initial cost of the treatment. If your dentures break, crack or chip, or if a denture tooth becomes loose, call your dentist. Do not use a do-it-yourself repair kit - you may damage your denture.

 

Limitations Of Dentures

The success of denture wearing is dependent on many things. The health and amount of bone under the denture plays a role in patient satisfaction. Normal bone and strong healthy gums over the bone do not necessarily result in successful dentures. As people grow older the bone decreases and the tissues become more fragile. As a result, the ability to wear dentures often diminishes. The persistence of a patient is an important factor in the ability to master complete dentures. Research has shown that complete dentures chew at about 1/5 the chewing capacity of natural teeth and therefore seldom perform ideally. Lower dentures move as much as 10mm during function while upper dentures move about 1mm. This is why most difficulties occur with lower dentures. While most patients find complete dentures satisfactory, there are usually some associated problems with speech, comfort and chewing and as a result some patients cannot wear their dentures. They either stop wearing them or seek additional treatment in the form of dental implants.