Dentures are a removable dental appliance that is utilized in order to replace missing teeth and adjacent tissue.
There are four kinds of dentures that Dr. Faist may use, complete dentures, partial dentures, implant retained removable dentures, and hybrid dentures.
Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth.
Complete dentures are considered to be either “conventional” or “immediate”. Conventional dentures will be placed in your mouth approximately eight to twelve weeks after your teeth have been removed by Dr. Faist. This allows your gum tissue to heal before placing your final or “conventional” dentures. “Immediate” dentures are made before your appointment and are placed right after your teeth have been removed. This process allows you to have teeth immediately after the process has begun instead of waiting to receive your final dentures. As time goes on, an immediate denture will need to be adjusted in order to fit properly.
A partial denture is also known as a removable bridge.
A partial denture is attached to a gum-colored base and connected to other teeth by metal framework. This base and framework helps the bridge or partial denture stay in place. Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth remain on the upper or lower portion of your mouth. Partial dentures fill the space created by missing teeth and also keep your remaining teeth from changing position and transforming your smile.
Removable Implant Retained Dentures
Everyone’s mouth is different. People who have lost a lot of bone support struggle with complete dentures. The teeth can move around and be difficult to eat with. In cases where this may happen implants are placed and the denture snaps over the implants, holding the denture tightly in place. Most patients tell us they can eat whatever they choose once this is finished. These dentures are still removable and need to be taken out and cleaned at least nightly.
Hybrid Dentures (also known as an all-on-four denture)
People who don’t want to take their teeth out at night find that hybrid dentures are their best solution. A hybrid denture, also called an All On Four denture, is permanently fixated on 4 or 5 implants. Dr. Faist can remove the denture but you the patient cannot. This denture is very stable and looks and feels natural once completed. As with all dentures, you can choose the shape and color of your new teeth.
Who is a candidate to receive dentures?
A candidate for complete dentures are people who have lost all of their teeth or have teeth that cannot otherwise be saved. A partial denture is fit for anyone who as some of their real teeth left but have lost some teeth due to cavities, trauma, or other reasons.
Dentures are used to improve the look of your smile, fill gaps, and keep your real teeth from changing position in the mouth. If you receive a denture it can improve your every day life. A denture will improve your chewing, speech, and provide support for your facial muscles. After receiving dentures you will notice a change in your facial appearance and smile.
How are dentures cared for?
Even if you do not have any of your real teeth anymore it is still important to maintain good oral health and care. It is important to brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning using a soft toothbrush. This should be done prior to inserting your complete denture. This oral care will stimulate the tissue in your mouth and help to remove plaque from areas in your mouth.
One thing to remember when caring for your mouth and denture is that your denture is extremely fragile. Because of this it is important to take good and careful care of your denture. Every day you should remove your denture and brush your denture with products specifically designed to clean dentures.
One thing you should never do to clean your denture is place it in boiling water as a means to disinfect. Boiling water will likely warp your denture and cause the need for a new one.
If you wear a partial denture instead of complete dentures remember to remove the dentures before you start brushing your teeth. When you are not utilizing your denture you should use a cleanser solution or lukewarm water in order to clean and store the denture. Keeping your denture in the same place when not in use is the best way to ensure you do not misplace or lose your denture.