Dental Dentures Can Give You a Healthy, Vibrant Smile Again
Dental dentures are removable, replacement teeth which are custom made to replace some or all of the teeth in an individual’s mouth. They are a great solution for those who want to have a beautiful set of teeth and a healthy, vibrant smile when their own natural teeth have reached the end of their life due to serious dental problems, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. Dentures, which have commonly been referred to as false teeth, are a type of prosthetic device which are molded to fit the mouth and are supported by the soft and hard tissue in the mouth.
Types of Dental Dentures
Complete dentures are a full set of replacement teeth that are constructed when no teeth remain in the mouth. Dental impressions are taken of the maxillary (upper) arch and mandibular (lower) arch where the teeth are missing in the patient’s mouth and used to create dentures using an acrylic resin which is a plastic type material. Metal and porcelain are also sometimes used. The appearance of a complete set of dentures is a close resemblance to that of a natural set of teeth and gums. The dentures actually fit over the patient’s existing gums with suction helping to keep them in place. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth while the lower denture, designed in a horseshoe shape, accommodates the tongue.
A complete set of dental dentures are can be furthered classified as conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth once all of the tissue has healed following extraction of all teeth. This can typically take up to 1 year.
Immediate dentures allow for the dentures to be placed in the mouth immediately following tooth extraction before the gums have healed. This process can help to reduce bleeding and protect the tissue, however, the tissue and bone will reshape as it heals often requiring several adjustments or realignments of the dentures.
The second type of denture is known as a partial. Partial dental dentures replace only some of the teeth in the mouth and rest on a framework which attaches to the other teeth in the mouth using clasps or dental devices known as precision attachments. Precision attachments are more natural looking and are not nearly as visible as metal clasps, however, they are more costly. Existing teeth or crowns can serve as anchors to hold the partial denture in place.
Warning Signs That May Indicate the Need for Dental Dentures
There can be many different reasons that individuals end up needing dental dentures; however, there are a few very common warning signs that are indicative of serious dental issues that may result in the need for dentures.
- Gum inflammation that can be seen in the form of swollen, red, bleeding or tender gums may be the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis or more advanced and severe problems such as periodontal disease. Gum disease is one of the most common problems that affects adults and is the cause of 70% of tooth loss. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) one out of every four adults will be affected by gum disease at some point in their lives. Excellent oral health can help to protect natural teeth, however, untreated gum disease can lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss which may result in the need for dentures.
- When teeth begin to shift in position, teeth become loose, or gaps begin to widen between teeth there is typically a serious underlying cause which may mean bone loss is occurring due to gum disease. Periodontal treatments are most likely necessary and tooth extraction may even be needed.
- Individuals who have already lost two or three teeth should consult with their dentist on obtaining a partial denture to take the pressure off the remaining teeth. Fewer teeth are required to do more work and a domino effect may result with the remaining teeth adversely affected and a higher chance of losing additional teeth.
Proper Care of Dentures
Gentle care is essential when caring for and cleaning dentures. When handling dental dentures it is advisable to hold them over a folded towel or sink full of water in case they are accidentally dropped. Dentures should be rinsed frequently, especially after eating, to remove food particles.
Dental dentures should be brushed every day to remove plaque and food deposits and help protect them from becoming stained. A soft bristle toothbrush or denture brush specifically designed to clean dentures should be used. Hard bristle brushes and harsh toothpaste should not be used as they can be too abrasive. Denture cleansers that have the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance are best to use as they have been tested for effectiveness and safety.
Dentures should also be kept moist to retain their shape. Consulting with your dentist on the proper care of your dental dentures is recommended to keep them in great shape. You should also schedule routine dental checkups to have dentures cleaned and examined and be sure they fit properly and don’t need adjustment.
Affordable Dental Dentures
When it comes to quality you will typically get what you pay for. Many dental procedures can be costly, including complete or partial dentures; however you should definitely consult with a reputable Greeley dentures dentist on how to obtain quality dentures without going bankrupt.
Many dental insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost of dentures making them more affordable if you have insurance. Quality is not something you will want to skimp on when it comes to dentures since you can experience serious health implications if you do not have the proper care or proper fitting dentures. Talking with your dentist about any budget or financial limitations may help you to find the right solution for affordable dentures.
Dr. Scott Williams at Ascent Family Dental is dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care and affordable treatment to all of his patients. You are invited to contact Dr. Williams at (970) 351-6095 for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. Ascent Family Dental loves their denture patients and is committed to becoming the number one dental denture dentist in Greeley Colorado.