When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there’s one option that has stayed reliable for hundreds of years. Dentures are an excellent way to restore a smile where most or all of the teeth in an arch are missing. Dr. Scott Parker is happy to provide patients with convenient, high-quality false teeth. If you’re suffering from extensive tooth loss, contact our office today; we’ll make sure you can continue to enjoy a full life.
Most dentures consist of a gum-colored base and teeth made out of a hard resin. The appliance can be held in place by natural suction, but you can also get a denture adhesive for additional security. They can also be held in place by a metal clasp (partial dentures) or dental implant posts (implant-retained dentures).
This is what you most likely think of when you hear the word dentures. As the name implies, full dentures are used when an entire arch is missing; if there’s only a few teeth remaining, they can be extracted before you receive your false teeth. Traditional full dentures are removeable; you’ll usually want to take them out at night to give your gums a chance to rest.
What if there’s still enough teeth in the upper or lower jaw to be worth saving? In these cases, you would get partial dentures. These appliances are custom designed to replaced teeth in specific areas depending on where the gaps are.
One downside of traditional false teeth is that they do nothing to prevent bone loss, a common side effect of losing teeth. The degeneration of the jawbone can lead to the collapse of your facial structure, leaving you looking much older. With dental implants, you can keep your jaw healthy and strong by replacing the roots of the teeth, thus allowing the bone to continue to receive stimulation from chewing. Dentures that are held in place by four to eight implants offer more chewing power than traditional restorations and will not slip while you’re eating or talking.
Whether or not dentures are right for you depends on the extent of tooth loss. Sometimes a single crown supported by an implant or a dental bridge might be more appropriate. Also, when deciding between traditional dentures and implant-retained dentures, bear in mind that you might need to undergo a bone graft or another procedure to prepare your jaw to receive dental implants.
Completing your smile with dentures can feel like an important, big step. Well, it is! You may have many questions about this treatment before you decide to pull the trigger. We understand and want to help you through the decision-making process to the solution best suited for your needs. Here we’ve answered some common questions about dentures, and we hope our responses provide clarity. If you have other concerns, or if you’re ready to move forward, just give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parker!
When you first start out wearing dentures, it may take a little while for you to adjust to eating with them in. With practice, you’ll be more comfortable eating most foods. However, you should avoid sticky foods like gum, caramel, and other substances that can not only get stuck in your dentures but even cause your dentures to lose suction. Denture adhesives can help with this, but it’s better to simply skip eating these foods altogether.
If you have dental implants, however, you have much more stability and biting force. In fact, with implant dentures, you can basically enjoy any food you would with normal teeth, including gum if you’d like.
Even though your prosthetic teeth will not be susceptible to decay (i.e., they won’t get cavities), it is still important that you take good care of them. They can get calcium buildup that irritates your gums and accumulate bacteria that could give you a gum infection. Luckily, maintaining your dentures is pretty simple. Before you go to bed and preferably after meals, you need to rinse them off and gently brush them to remove plaque and bacteria. Be sure to use warm (not hot) water, and do not use toothpaste, because it can be too abrasive on your dentures.
We recommend soaking your dentures in a cleansing solution or a glass of water while you sleep. Although you can wear them throughout the night, your saliva production slows down, allowing bacteria to grow and spread on your dentures.
You should never wear your dentures for 24 consecutive hours without performing hygiene on your dentures, or you run the risk of damaging your gums.
Broken or cracked dentures are considered a dental emergency. As a result, you need to contact our Calimesa office immediately to fix the problem. Trying to eat or function with a broken denture is difficult and uncomfortable as well as dangerous for the sensitive soft tissues in your mouth. Dr. Parker can quickly get you a replacement denture so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible.