What are Dentures?
First and foremost, they replace missing teeth and can be fully removed and placed back into the mouth every day. Although they will never feel the same as your natural teeth and require some adjustment time, today’s dentures look very much like your natural teeth and are more comfortable than versions made years ago.
There are two primary types: full and partial. Dr. Bainer will guide you in selecting the type of denture that’s best suited for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
How do They Work?
With full sets, a natural toned acrylic base fits over your gums. The foundation of the upper part covers the palate (roof ) of your mouth and the lower part is sculpted like a horseshoe to adjust to your tongue.
First, impressions are taken of your mouth. Then, the impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where they are custom-made. Dr. Bainer will help you determine which of the three types of described below is best designed to meet your needs.
Complete Full Dentures
Complete sets are recommended when all of the teeth are missing. When installing complete sets, there are two common but different approaches. The first approach uses conventional types which are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are extracted and oral tissues have fully healed. The healing process may take about four to six weeks. During this time, you will need to function without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth have been extracted. The added benefit with immediate is having teeth during the healing process, however, they must be relined several months after insertion because your gum tissue may shrink during the healing process. Adjustments to your immediate set will be required. Immediate dentures are made in advance. During a prior visit, your dentist will take measurements and create models of your jaw.
A partial denture sits on a metal framework that is secured to your natural teeth. At times, crowns are placed on some of your existing teeth and act as fasteners for the denture. Partial dentures are a removable alternative to
bridges. Partial dentures are used when there is a residual amount of natural teeth remaining. These partial dentures not only fill the gaps that are created by the missing teeth, they also provide security and structure to your smile so the existing teeth don’t shift or drift around your mouth.
Depending on the circumstances, you may require partial or complete dentures. Fortunately, Dr. Bainer can help you decide which type of dentures are most suitable for you. Now, you might be surprised to learn there are a few different reasons you may want to consider getting partial or complete dentures.
Why Should I Get Dentures?
Complete sets are usually needed when you’ve lost all of your teeth in an arch.
Partial sets may be required when you’ve lost several teeth in an arch.
May also be the best choice if you’ve lost teeth and are having difficulty chewing, speaking and digesting.
This choice of Dental fix can also provide aesthetic enhancements by beautifying your smile, which also supports your facial tissues; another added benefit. There are a number of valid reasons. But if you still have questions about the procedure and its necessity, please contact Dr. Bainer in Escondido and schedule a free consultation.
How Long do They Last?
As time passes, your dentures will need to be reconstructed, or re based due to normal wear and tear. To re base means to create a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Plus, the mouth naturally changes as we age which result in the loosening of your dentures, difficulty chewing and gum irritation. Please make every effort to visit your dentist annually, at a minimum, for a professional check-up.
How Do I Best Care for my Dentures?
Please remember that they are very delicate and can break if dropped. When handling them, stand over a folded towel or a large container of water. Don’t let them dry out. Put them in a cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Do not ever put them in hot water, which can cause them to deform.
Thoroughly brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque and help keep discoloration at bay. You may use an ultrasonic cleaner to care for them as well. Just remember it does not replace daily brushing.
Before inserting them, brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush. This will help remove any plaque since it stimulates circulation in your tissues.
See your dentist if they break, chip, crack or loosen. Please do not risk adjusting them yourself. It can cause serious damage.
How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
For the first few weeks or months of wearing new dentures, you may feel discomfort or uneasiness. Eating and speaking normally with dentures may take some practice. As the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place, you will sense a strange or loose feeling in your mouth. You may also experience greater saliva flow because the tongue does not have ample space. Some minor irritation or soreness are also common. If you sense severe irritation, please contact your dentist.
What’s the Procedure For Getting Dentures?
The procedure for getting dentures is easy and straightforward. It will take a few appointments over a course of a few weeks in order to get your dentures tailored to your mouth. Below is a description of what you should expect.
First, your dentist will make highly accurate molds or impressions of your teeth along with accurate measurements. Impressions are taken so your dentures will custom fit your mouth. Next you will be asked to attend a couple of “try-in” appointments so you can be certain your dentures have the perfect shape, color and fit.
In the final appointment, your dentist will adjust and place in precisely to ensure a comfortable and natural fit. Voila!
Once installed, you may notice a few changes. But rest assured, these sensations are completely natural. Expect the discomfort to disappear as the muscles and tissues of your mouth adjust to your new teeth.
You’ll be relieved to know that your new teeth are very strong and will last a very long time, even though they may need some adjustments or repairs as time passes. But you should be able to utilize them for many years. After your dentures have been placed in your mouth, your dentist will carefully review with you the instructions on how to maximize their use with proper care and attention.
If you’re contemplating getting this dental service in Escondido, why not
come in for a consultation? You can contact us and we’ll be happy to book you for an appointment to determine what kind of dentures will be the best fit for you.
There are more young people wearing dentures than you may have realized. According to Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, 69 percent of adults between 35 and 44 have lost one or more permanent teeth. It is quite realistic for young people to lose teeth due to gum disease and tooth decay, or they may experience dental abnormalities such as ectodermal dysplasia. Severe tooth erosion is another reason younger people sometimes need dentures. It stems from gastrointestinal reflux, causing stomach acid to emit into the mouth.
Whatever is causing the dental issue, dentures offer a long-term solution free from discomfort and anxiety. After the expected adjustment phase has passed, the patient can continue a normal diet consisting of his/her favorite foods while displaying a more radiant and healthier smile.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?
Most dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost for dentures. Please contact your insurance company to learn the specifics of what your policy will cover.
Will Eating Be Difficult with Dentures?
For the first few weeks, eating with new dentures will take a bit of time and practice. Some patients may experience discomfort and awkwardness. To fully adjust to the new denture, begin eating soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you get accustomed to your new dentures, add other foods until you are consuming your normal diet. Be careful with foods that are hot, hard and sharp-edged bones. Also, please avoid foods that are very sticky. While dentures are in your mouth, please do not chew any gum and refrain from using any toothpicks.
Are Dentures Worn 24 Hours a Day?
Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how long you should wear them and when and when they should be removed. During the first several days after receiving your denture, you may need to have it in your mouth the entire time even while you sleep. Although this may be initially uncomfortable, it is the fastest way to learn about the specific areas on the denture that may need adjustment. Once adjustments have been applied, you can remove your dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. In the morning, you can put the denture back in your mouth.
For more information, please feel free to contact us. We offer free in-person consultations for new patients.