Denture Treatments in Hazlet, NJ
Over the time, people's teeth tend to naturally deteriorate. When a tooth has deteriorated substantially, it often needs to be extracted and when multiple teeth are extracted, dentures may be the most appropriate solution. Dentures can create a natural and healthy looking set of teeth. In addition, a properly fitting set of dentures can greatly enhance your smile and sense of self-esteem.
Complete and Partial Dentures
Complete dentures are used when few original teeth remain. The dentist begins by removing any remaining teeth so the dentures can be fitted. The dentist then makes a mold of the gums and sends it to a dental lab where customized dentures are constructed. Partial dentures are prepared in much the same way as a complete set and are utilized when only a few teeth are missing.
These dentures allow patients to have their dentures on the same day their teeth are removed. This prevents the embarrassment of being without teeth. As the extraction sites heal and the bone remodels, the denture will require adjustments along with relining to make it fit better. At the end of a year when the healing is complete, your dentist may advise you to get a new denture.
If the roots of a patient's remaining teeth are strong, the dentist may suggest overdentures. Overdentures fit on top of the remaining natural teeth on the gum line. With overdentures, the remaining teeth are re-sculpted and covered with metal caps to stop future decay. The advantage of overdentures is that they do not have to be relined as frequently as a complete set of dentures because they cause less recession of the jawbone and gums. In addition, overdentures create less occlusion (bite) problems than complete dentures.
Once Your Dentures Have Been Placed
At first, your dentures will feel uncomfortable because the gums and tissues are not accustomed to being in contact with the man-made relining material. Once placed, dentures should be worn continually for the first few days to reduce the amount of swelling that may occur in the mouth. This swelling typically subsides in two to three days. Until patients adjust to their new set of teeth, the dentures may feel loose and awkward while chewing food. Eating soft food may be necessary for the first few days. Reading aloud helps to overcome any speech impediments that may occur from the new dentures. Typically, lower dentures take longer to get used to than upper dentures. The underlying jawbone may take several months to completely heal and become accustomed to the dentures. Once this occurs, the dentist removes the dentures and creates a permanent lining of your teeth (a denture lining is a soft material that cushions the contact between the denture and the gum tissues).
The Life of Your Dentures
Although dentures typically last about five years, they can last longer with proper care and cleaning. Dentures should be cleaned daily with normal or specially-made denture toothpaste. Once the swelling has been reduced, it is advisable to leave one or both dentures out at night to allow the gum tissues to breathe. In order to prevent dentures from warping, they should be left in water overnight. Over time, the lining of the dentures may change, owing to the wear and tear of daily use. In the case of tissue/bone shrinkage, worn down teeth, or breakage, dentures may come loose and need to be remade.
Removable Full Dentures
Complete tooth loss can cause a host of health problems, including malnutrition and bone loss. Though fixed bridgework may hold a higher place of reverence when it comes to replacing an entire set of teeth, removable full dentures can provide an elegant solution that is significantly more affordable.
Loose dentures are a common problem for people who are full or complete denture wearers, especially if you have worn them for a long time. Whether or not new dentures are needed depends not only upon the condition of your existing dentures but also how much the supporting tissues have changed.
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