Gum disease, cavities, facial trauma, root canals, and extractions can all leave a hole in your smile, which can effect your ability to speak clearly and function well. Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change.
What are the advantages ?
Full Dentures are made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which can take approximately eight –twelve weeks. Standard full dentures are dentures that comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. Standard full dentures require routine visits to the dentist.
Immediate full dentures are made in advance and can be placed during the first visit when the teeth are removed. During the healing period, teeth and gums will shrink. You may need to have the denture adjusted during this time by Dr. Pomerantz
Partials replace only a limited number of teeth, not an entire set. Partials are supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure than standard full set and are more comfortable. If only a few permanent teeth have been removed then this may be a good alternative to a permanent bridge which must be cemented into place. Partials are easy to remove and look like real teeth.
The other avenue where implants are useful is giving support to removable dentures. A removable denture is a dental prosthetic appliance that replace one, many or an entire mouth of teeth. This denture is not permanently affixed to the patient’s mouth so it is taken in and out by the patient for cleaning, after meals and at night. Even for the most adaptive of patients, these appliances are typically a struggle to function with. A denture has many drawbacks include reduced comfort and stability when trying to chew properly. With implants a denture can be made to attach to the implants for support. The implant placed into the bone can have different types of attachments placed into the implant and depending on the application these attachments could be shaped like a ball, snap, magnet to name a few, and the corresponding piece will be processed into the denture so that when the denture is placed in the mouth there is support from the implants. Leaving the denture much more stable, and the patient can function much more efficiently.
Patients who wear top dentures sometimes complain that the denture is uncomfortable because it covers the entire palate for support. We can use implants for proper support and as a result we can often remove this palatal coverage leading to a much more comfortable appliance. The diagram below shows an upper denture with full palatal support vs. a much more comfortable open palate because enough implants were placed for support.
Finally implants can be used to support teeth in what is called a hybrid denture. This denture is made to be screwed into multiple implants only by the dentist and it gives the patient stability and function much more closely to a patient’s natural dentition with out the costs of crowns on all the teeth.
For more information and options on how implants can help you or to determine if you are a candidate for implants call the office of South Florida Laser Dentistry. We can discuss your interest and concerns, and all options and costs before any treatment is ever scheduled
IS IT HARD TO GET — USED ?
For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing them will require some practice. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases as your mouth becomes accustomed to wearing them.
DO I HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY I EAT ?
Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
HOW TO KEEP ORAL HYGIENE ?
Rinse them before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
Brush them (preferably with a denture brush) daily to remove food deposits and plaque, and keep it from becoming permanently stained.
When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly—including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
At night, the they should be placed in a soaking solution or water.
DO I HAVE TO — USE ADHESIVE ?
Occasionally, wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult Dr. Pomerantz immediately.Other Services