Dentures

Dentures are false teeth that are fixed or removable replacements for teeth. Tooth replacement is suggested when the tooth and its roots have been damaged beyond repair, and the tooth has been lost or must be removed.

Historically, a number of materials have been in use for the replacement of lost teeth. In ancient times, animal teeth and pieces of bone were used as replacement materials.

With the advent of latest technology, the materials used to make artificial teeth and techniques for affixing them in the mouth have gone through a sea of change. With synthetic plastic resins and lightweight metal alloy teeth denture treatment can look more natural and become more durable. Better design has resulted in dentures that provide more comfortable and efficient chewing.


Some Common Queries About Dentures

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Why is it necessary to replace lost teeth ?

Loss of teeth impacts chewing of food and also affects the aesthetics of the person by altering the lip and cheek appearance. When a lost tooth is not replaced there is a tendency for the adjacent and opposing teeth to move into the empty space created by the lost teeth. Thus the person's occlusion or bite is altered. In addition the loss of teeth causes shrinkage of the bone at that area. In order to avoid all these problems it is advisable to replace lost teeth by artificial dentures.

What are the different type of dentures ?

Complete Dentures Replace all the Teeth Partial Dentures Replace a few Teeth

  • Removable partial dentures replace a few teeth and are designed to be removed and replaced by the patient.
  • Span-fixed partial dentures replace a few teeth but cannot be removed by the patient

A new type of denture gaining popularity is the Implant Retained Denture that can be used to replace some or all teeth. This type of denture comprises metallic implants that are embedded into the bone and give support for artificial teeth.

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Denture Hygiene

Dentists advise all the patients to always rinse the dentures thoroughly under running water. Other cleaning methods to be practiced are as follows:

  • Soak dentures daily with an immersion cleaner following the manufacturer's direction.
  • Clean your dentures a second time each day using a denture cleaning paste and a denture brush. Do not use toothpaste.
  • Scrub your dentures weekly with a thick mix of cleaner containing bleach. Rinse thoroughly when completed.
  • If heavy calculus (tartar) deposits form on your denture - soak overnight in white vinegar, brush area carefully in the morning and rinse thoroughly. This procedure may be used on partial dentures.

When handling your dentures do so over a sink filled with water. This will cushion them should they slip and fall. When your dentures are being cleaned, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Brush your upper and lower jaw ridges and tongue with a soft bristle tooth brush. Finger massaging of the ridges is also helpful.

Sore spots

Appearance of some sore spots in your new dentures is not unusual. These will be taken care of by your dentist during the first few adjustment appointments. As time goes by changes in your jaws or your occlusion (bite) may also cause sore spots which can be relieved.

Speech

Practice, practice, practice! Initially, some of you may have incoherent speech. Be patient, your speech will improve. Practice reading aloud until your speech is clean and natural.

Dislodging

Sudden bursts of air such as coughing, sneezing and laughing, wide opening of the mouth during yawning, or extreme tongue movements, can dislodge even the best dentures. Avoid these movements or place your hand over your mouth.

Adhesives

Use denture pastes and powders only as directed by your dentist.

General Advice

  • Be sure to leave your dentures out overnight or for at least 2 hours each day. Dentures should be stored in a covered container with the cleaning solution when not in the mouth.
  • Generally the upper denture will be better than the lower. One must learn how to use and retain the lower denture.
  • Initially, activities like talking, reading aloud and eating must be done alone. This will allow you to avoid embarrassing moments as you learn to use your new dentures.
  • Avoid very hot food. Your temperature sensitivity will have been changed by the dentures covering your jaws.
  • In time, owing to natural restructuring of the jaw, your dentures may require realigning.
  • Have your dentures, mouth and adjacent structures, checked by your dentist at least once a year. The needs and nature of each patient vary, therefore, check with your dentist about anything not covered here.

Dentures can be regarded as the best dentistry treatment option for people who cannot choose dental implants or the orthodontic treatment for reasons like age or health conditions. Dentures can also fulfill the need of a cosmetic dental treatment giving the patient a better appearance, better look and their confidence back.