Missing teeth or poor denture fit or design can significantly restrict proper chewing ability. Dentures can provide patients who have lost their teeth with both functional and aesthetic benefits, also improving their lip and cheek support. Properly fitting dentures can also allow the wearer to enjoy a wide variety of foods as it will allow them to chew with confidence again.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth worn by those who have partially or completely lost their natural teeth through injury or illness. They are commonly referred to as “false teeth” and there are many different types of dentures that are designed to address specific needs based on a patient’s dental situation. Dentures may be used to replace teeth on the upper arch (maxillary arch) or lower arch (mandibular arch) and can be either complete (replacing all teeth in an arch) or partial (replacing only partially missing teeth in an arch). Complete dentures use only the gums and the underlying jaw bone to support them while partial dentures use also support from the remaining teeth through the aid of metal clasps.
Dentures are custom fit to a patient’s mouth and require multiple appointments to create the proper design and fit. There may be additional appointments needed for minor adjustments while getting used to the dentures. Ill-fitting or poorly designed dentures can cause greater dental problems such as resorption of the jaw bone or different lesions of the gum tissue, along with significant discomfort.
A combination of implants and removable dentures are often the best option for secure denture support and you and Dr. Newman will discuss if this option would be beneficial to your particular needs.
Although dentures are removable, it is still very important that they are maintained properly. Proper cleaning of your dentures is required on a daily basis, allowing them to soak in a special denture cleaning solution as well as professional cleanings done in the office. During a routine visit for a patient with dentures we would check the health of the supporting tissues and inspect the fit. Those routine visits should be done every 6 months to a year as dentures may require adjustments, repairs, and relines to compensate for normal shrinkage of the gums and bone over time.
Anyone who has missing teeth they’d like to replace in order to improve their function or aesthetic may be a candidate for dentures. Depending on how many teeth you have missing in one arch, a bridge or dental implants may be a better option for you. You and Dr. Newman will discuss your options based on your dental needs and preferences.
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