When you are missing several teeth or all of them, dentures are often used to replace your teeth. They are removable and will look like your natural teeth and restore your smile. Many people have them and they enable them to eat and talk better. The two kinds of dentures include full and partial.
Dentures are made of pink plastic to match the gums and the artificial teeth are made of resin. Some teeth are made of porcelain to provide a more natural appearance. The plastic will be conformed to the gums so that there is a close fit, which will help to hold them in place.
Full dentures will provide you with a complete set of false teeth. They can be used to replace all of the bottom or upper teeth – or all of them. They will look like your natural teeth and are built on a pink plastic base to resemble your gums.
Over time, your jaw will shrink some because the bone in the jaw will be partially reabsorbed. Your chin will also shrink and will slowly collapse to make you look older. It will also add wrinkles around your chin and corners of your mouth. Dentures can help restore the height of your chin and give you a more youthful appearance.
If you have a few teeth left, you can get what are called overdentures. This is a complete set of dentures that will fit over your remaining teeth, which will help to keep the dentures in their proper position.
If the few teeth you still have are not in good shape, the dentist will likely advise you to go ahead and have them extracted. Since it is likely that they will soon have to be extracted anyway, it is a good idea to go ahead and get dentures made for that eventual purpose – rather than having to make a second set later.
Full dentures can be used to restore your smile and give you self-confidence once again. It may take a little time to get used to them, but millions of people wear them today. Champion Dental can provide you with beautiful full dentures.
Partial dentures can be used to replace a couple of teeth or several of them. They can even be on opposite sides of the mouth. This device will replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
A partial denture may be built on a plastic frame only, or it could be built on plastic and wireframe. It is easily removable for cleaning and when you go to sleep. The base of partial dentures is molded to be able to fit some of your remaining teeth, which will help to keep it in place. Metal clasps may also be used that will connect to your teeth.
Dentures are available in four different types to meet the needs of the individual. They are often made with a plastic base and custom-fit. Another type is made of light alloys which makes them lighter and less irritable. Flexible partial dentures can meet the needs of those who have some irregularity in their mouth. If you are allergic to some metals, there is also a hypoallergenic kind that can be made to meet your needs.
One type of partial denture that may also be used has a more esthetic appearance, although it is more expensive. It has what is called precision attachments. They will attach to your natural teeth, which are prepared for it by making a dental bridge.
Although it is also true for full dentures, partial dentures will help prevent sagging of your face and give support to your lips and cheeks. They will also enable you to chew your food more easily and enable you to talk better.
Champion Dental can help you get partial dentures and restore your smile. We can also help you get the dentures you need.
Another denture alternative is to get overdentures. These dentures are complete or full dentures that fit over any remaining teeth. The teeth that you still have left will hold them in place, giving them increased support to help keep them in place. The teeth used for this purpose need to be in good condition. The canine teeth are the ones most commonly used.
Overdentures will also help to retain your jawbone and prevent it from shrinking as much. They are also removable. Leaving some teeth in your jawbone will help prevent it from shrinking. At the same time, it will help you keep a more youthful appearance.
Dental implants can also be used to hold an overdenture in place. Because implants are placed in the jawbone, they will also help to prevent your jaw from shrinking. Other methods of tooth replacement cannot do this. The shrinking starts occurring as soon as you have missing teeth. Implant supported overdentures are the most stable form you can get.
When overdentures are placed in the upper jaw, the palate on them is removed. This enables you to taste your food better and enjoy eating again. A metal bar is placed in the frame to make it stronger and less bulky. They are firmly kept in place by snapping into position.
If you already have dentures, they often can be converted into overdentures, using dental implants. It will only take four in the lower jaw and probably six in the upper jaw.
When you are going to have your teeth extracted, you will likely get some immediate dentures. These temporary dentures will be made before your teeth are extracted. You will have an earlier appointment to have some impressions made of your mouth.
When you are ready to have your teeth extracted, you will go to your appointment to have them removed. After the extraction, the dentist will immediately put in your new immediate dentures. They will not only help to protect your gums, but it will also give you time to learn how to eat and talk with dentures in your mouth.
Immediate dentures also give you the ability to eat solid food more comfortably. Since your gums are still healing, you would probably need to stick to liquid or soft foods without them; although you will also prefer to eat softer foods because your gums have not healed yet – which may make them a little sore at first. They also give you the benefit of having a natural smile while you wait for your permanent dentures – otherwise, you would be toothless.
After your mouth has healed, which should take about a month, the dentist will again take a mold of your mouth. The new dentures will be made from this mold and when they are ready, you will get your permanent dentures. Some adjustments will probably need to be made at that time, as well as occasionally in the future because your jawbone will continue to shrink.
Partial or full dentures can also be supported by dental implants. A strong advantage is that the implants will provide a more stable base for the dentures and will prevent any slipping when you talk or eat. Dentures that are implant-supported can be either permanent or removable.
Traditional dentures normally rest directly on the gums. This can irritate the gums and sores may develop. With implant supported dentures, the dentures rest on the implants, which will prevent sores and make them more comfortable. Before long, they will feel like your own teeth.
When you are without teeth for some time, the jawbone will recede under those teeth. This may make it necessary to have a bone graft before getting dental implants. To avoid this problem, when a tooth needs to be extracted, it is often possible to have a dental implant put in at the same time.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. It will act as the tooth root. A dental crown is added to the top of it that will look like your other teeth. A dental implant is biocompatible and can last the rest of your life with the right care.
Another alternative to traditional dentures or overdentures is the all-on-four dental implant system. It can be used even if there is not sufficient bone in the jaw for standard dental implants. The back implants are longer and they are angled so that they can take advantage of available bone. Although four implants may be used in the bottom jaw, it may take six in the upper jaw because of thinner bone.
Rather than remain with missing teeth, you can get partial or full dentures at Champion Dental. Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, can also provide you with dental implants and any other treatment you need to restore your teeth and smile. You can set up a consultation or get more information about your denture options by contacting his office today.