Dentures Replace All or Some of Your Teeth
Bring back your smile and your sense of well-being. Yes, and bring back your confidence. If tooth decay, gum disease, or traumatic injury has caused you to lose all of your permanent, your appearance and your health need not be at risk. Once you have your dentures in place, it will be easier for you to speak clearly and to eat healthy foods again.
Facial muscles can sag and drop when you have lost your teeth. Your face can look much older and change considerably too. Today’s dentures are made especially for you and will resemble very closely your former natural teeth and can help maintain your normal appearance. In many cases, your new dentures can be a cosmetic improvement to your smile.
Three Primary Kinds of Dentures:
The overdenture is as it sounds, placed over some of your teeth which can be saved or over implants in some cases. Saving your teeth can help to maintain your jawbone and to provide more stability and support for the denture itself.
The overdenture is removable. Because it lays upon some minimal type of implant or upon properly filed down teeth, this type denture affords much more stability while the wearer chews upon food. His or her speech in most cases improves as well.
The long term effectiveness of an overdenture is evident today, and this is a minimally invasive procedure. Loose dentures can cause major inflammation of the gums in some people, and many simply refuse to wear their dentures due to the discomfort.
Many times existing dentures can be modified to be used as an overdenture which can considerably reduce the cost to those with conventional dentures. In addition, with the increased stability of anchoring upon teeth or implants, the nuisance and expense of buying and using dental adhesives can be avoided. There are many reasons to consider an overdenture and if you believe one may be helpful to you, ask Dr. Gehrig about them.
The Conventional Dentures
We can all remember Grandma and Grandpa’s dentures beside the bed at night. It really wasn’t too many years ago, more often than not, a person over 55 ended up with dentures before his life was over. Dental care, procedures, and overall hygiene have improved demonstrably in the past several years.
Conventional Dentures are still made and fitted. First, the dentist removes any remaining teeth. After the gums have totally healed, which can take several months for some, the patient is fitted for the dentures which lay directly upon your gums. Your gums and whatever adhesive might be necessary are the only anchor for your dentures.
As time passes and your weight fluctuates, or the tissues in your mouth change, these dentures can become very loose and virtually impossible to use for some. In these cases, the only alternative is to have new dentures fitted to better work with the new shape of the patient’s gums. This can be quite expensive for some and requires another period of time while adjusting to the new fit.
The Immediate Dentures
Like the conventional denture, the immediate denture is anchored totally by your gums. Unlike the conventional denture however, the immediate denture is placed directly over your gums after the dentist has removed your remaining teeth. In a visit prior to the removal your teeth, the dentist will carefully measure your gums and jaw and will make models for the construction of your dentures. The advantage to this procedure is there is no time when you will be without your teeth or dentures. While the underlying gums are healing however, there maybe some changes to those measurements gathered during your preliminary appointment before your teeth were actually removed. These changes may make it necessary for your dentures to be either be relined or perhaps even remade after your jaw area has completely healed.
See our follow up article on the care of your new dentures and for your new hygienic best practices.