Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues.

Overview

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Whether you need partial or full dentures, they’re essential not only to improve the look of your smile but can also help you eat and speak better than you could while missing teeth.

About Dentures

Tooth loss is a very common situation. There are many different causes for the loss of teeth including accidents or trauma to the mouth, periodontal (gum) disease, and tooth decay. Whether a person is missing a single tooth or many teeth, tooth loss leads to many problems. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat and speak. It can also cause the facial muscles to sag, leading to an aged appearance. If you’ve lost teeth from decay, injury, or periodontal (gum) disease, dentures are the solution.

Dentures are prosthetic devices that are used to replace missing teeth, improve the functions that were lost, and restore the appearance of the mouth. In addition to allowing you to eat as if you had never lost your teeth, dentures also protect against facial sagging that would otherwise occur. Dentures can also improve your speech. 

Dentures are designed to look as natural as possible and are made of various materials like nylon, acrylic, or metal. Dentures can be used to replace a single lost tooth, many missing teeth, or all of the teeth. Dentures can also replace the surrounding gum and tissue along with the missing teeth. 

Types Of Dentures

There are many different types of dentures available today:

  1. Conventional Complete Dentures: Conventional complete dentures, also called full dentures, are used to replace the patient’s full set of teeth. Conventional complete dentures are removable and are ready for placement about 8 to 12 weeks after the removal of teeth.

  2. Immediate Complete Dentures: Immediate complete dentures are made before the teeth are removed and can be placed immediately after teeth removal. Immediate dentures are to be worn until the conventional complete dentures are made and the patient’s mouth has finished healing. These dentures have to be relined periodically, as the tissues heal and change.

  3. Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used only when a few teeth need to be replaced, as opposed to complete dentures which are used when all teeth need to be replaced. Partial dentures are removable and consist of the replacement teeth which are attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. These dentures are sometimes connected to a metal framework to hold the dentures in place. 

  4. Overdentures: Overdentures, also known as implant-retained dentures, are used when the patient has a few natural teeth remaining. This type of removable denture fits over the remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by the dentist or over implants that have been attached by the dentist. Overdentures have greater stability than traditional dentures, which improves eating functions. 

Dentures Care And Maintenance

Dentures have an average lifespan of 7 to 10 years. It is important to properly clean and maintain your dentures, to increase their longevity and prevent damage to your gums and teeth. Treat your dentures like you would treat your natural teeth. 

If you don’t maintain your dentures well, they may get stained and deteriorate quickly. It is also probable that your dentures will accumulate germs and bacteria over time, increasing the risk of dental problems like bad breath and periodontal (gum) disease. 

Denture maintenance combined with a regular regimen of proper brushing and flossing can guarantee you’ll lead a more comfortable and healthy life.

How To Clean Dentures?

The most important part of dentures care is cleaning them properly. Simply rinsing your dentures with water is not enough. If you don’t clean your dentures regularly and properly, they will become stained, worn, and smelly. There will also be an increased risk of oral problems including periodontal (gum) disease. 

Here is a way to properly clean dentures:

  • A brush and soak is the recommended method of cleaning dentures. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive dentures cleaner. Don’t use toothpaste while cleaning your dentures since many brands of toothpaste use ingredients that are too abrasive. If you use these kinds of toothpaste to clean your dentures, there is a chance of your dentures getting gradually damaged. This may lead to cracks or scratches to be formed on your dentures over time. So, while cleaning your dentures it is best to use specially made dentures cleaners or dentures cleansers.

  • Soak your dentures in a specially made denture care solution every day to remove any plaque or stains.

Make sure to clean your dentures at least once a day, though it will be better to clean them twice a day. 

Dentures Repairs

Dentures are designed to last many years, but they will occasionally need repairs and maintenance. There are two major reasons why dentures may require repairs:

  1. Damage: Daily wear and tear can weaken your dentures. This increases the risk of your dentures getting damaged or broken.

  2. Fitting: The jawbone tends to change over time, so your dentures may not fit as well as they once did. In this case, your dentures may require minor adjustments and repairs.

There are three main types of denture repair:

  1. Adjustment: Sometimes wearing dentures can cause irritation and discomfort in the patient’s mouth. This can lead to sores being formed in the mouth of the patient. In this case, the dentures must be adjusted by a dental professional so that they can function properly again. Dentures adjustment can also be done to improve the appearance of the dentures.

  2. Rebasing: A denture rebasing changes the entire base of the dentures, transferring the replacement teeth from the old dentures to the new base. This type of dentures repair is done if the dentures get cracked, or they are reaching the end of their lifespan and need more stability.

  3. Relining: A denture relining is done to fix the fit of the dentures and to ensure that the dentures do not become loose. Dentures are relined when they do not fit as well as they once used to.

If your dentures crack, break, or require some other type of repair, it can be tempting to try and repair the dentures yourself. But doing so is very risky. In fact, it could cause further damage to the dentures. So if your dentures are in need of repair, the best thing to do is contact a dental professional to get them fixed.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The price of dentures varies depending on the following factors:

If you’re concerned about the cost of dentures, there is no need to worry. Most dental insurance policies cover the cost of dentures treatment either fully or partially. Here at Brilliant Smiles, we do our best to plan your dental treatments so that they maximize your dental insurance benefits and are affordable.

Please call us at Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield today to discuss if dentures are the right option for you!

Dr. Sonal Deshpande
Dr. Sonal Deshpande, DDS

About Dr. Sonal Deshpande

Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.

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