Dentures

It is solution to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues,which is removable. There are two types of dentures, which are available, which is complete and partial dentures. When all the teeth are missing then the dentist uses, complete dentures, and partial dentures are used to replace only the missing teeth not a whole replacement of teeth.

What are Dentures?

It is the easiest way of replacing missing teeth, which can be taken out and put back immediately. Eventually, it would take you some time to get used to your dentures, and you feel a little different , than when you had your natural teeth, however dentures these days do look natural , and also need to look and feel great. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. The dentist will help choose the type of dentures which would suite you, and also how much it cost

How do Dentures Work?

Dentures are, flesh-colored acrylic, base which fits over the gums. The upper denture is shaped in a way that denture covers the palate(the roof of the mouth), while the lower denture is shaped in such way, like a horse-shoe to accommodate the tongue. Dentures are custom-made in the dental laboratory from the impressions taken in the mouth. The dentist will determine which are the three types of dentures, which is best for you either, Conventional or Immediate Full Denture

Conventional or Immediate Full Denture/ Partial Denture

I want dentures, where do I start?

At first, new dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Also eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. You may feel a little odd at first, the feeling of being bulky or loose, this is normal as the muscles of your cheeks and tongue help to hold your denture in place. There is excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room and you could feel some irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience any kind irritation, consult your dentist.

How Long do Dentures Last?

It depends, over a period of time, the denture will need to be relined,remade or re-based due to normal wear. The term "RE-BASE" means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. As with age your mouth also goes through some natural changes. These changes, will cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult, and also irritating your gums. You should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

Tips to care for your Dentures:

  • Make sure when you are cleaning your dentures, that you stand over a folded towel or a basin of water, a dentures and can break if it is dropped.
  • Place the dentures, cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you are not wearing them. Don't let dentures dry out
  • Never use hot water to clean your dentures, which can warp the dentures
  • Make sure you brush your dentures daily which, will remove food deposits,plaque and help prevent them from becoming stained. An Ultrasonic cleaner is used to care for your dentures,however does replace a through daily brushing.
  • Remember to brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you put on your dentures. This process,stimulates circulation in the tissues and helps to remove plaque.
  • See your dentist if your dentures break chips, crack or become loose,don't be tempted to adjust them yourself,-this can damage them beyond repair

What To Look For

Make sure, that you look for dentures that suit your current needs. According to the dentist, if he determines that you need all of your teeth removed,then your dentist would suggest that you go for full upper and lower dentures, however if there are only a few teeth which are missing, or you have removed some of your teeth, then partial denture appliance is needed. Partial dentures are also known as over-dentures. In other cases only the upper or the lower set of dentures are required. There are different types of denture material available, nevertheless plastic dentures may wear out more quickly than polymer dentures.

Common Pitfalls

Always choose a dentist, that will fit and adjust your dentures. There are general dentists are able to perform denture work, but dentists, also known as prosthodontists have advanced training in dental restoration. Prosthodontists have spend an additional 3 years learning various dental restoring techniques.

Where To Buy

Also buy your dentures from the dentist, who will be fitting it for you. There are some cases, that the prosthodontist may have a whole selection of denture materials and styles in stock to choose from

What is the Average cost of Dentures?

Cost

It depends on the denture material, and the size of the dentures. A partial denture, appliance does cost less than a full set of dentures, however the total will also include the fitting charge, as well as preparing your mouth for dentures. In the process the dentist would also need to remove additional teeth and bone fragments in addition to stitching up the gums where the tooth removal occurred. Prosthodontist,would charge higher than a normal dentist, as they are professionals in the field. On the other hand complete dentures would usually be more costly, and may not include charge for fitting, dental visit and fees. It could take about five to six dental visits to complete all the work needed.

How do you repair broken dentures?

  • Prepare a clean and dry work surface where your work will not be interrupted.
  • Clean and dry your broken denture parts.
  • Using your work area, practice putting the pieces together

How to fix a broken denture plate?

  • Place pieces of broken plate in a glass of water. This prevents the form from additional shifting.
  • Call your dentist's office and see how quickly they can see you.
  • Purchase

How do I know when it's time to reline dentures?

Dentures, are most commonly used these, days, however If you have lost teeth due to an injury or a trauma, either disease or decay, then there is an option which can be used, known as partial dentures, that can replace one or two missing teeth and full dentures to replace the entire arch.

After dentures are placed it is noted that great care is taken to provide the optimal fit and aesthetic appearance which is possible, but as time passes even the best fitting denture can become loose and ill-fitting.

If teeth are lost, and the bone in the gum tissue starts to deteriorate allowing the gum tissue to shrink, then this will alter how a denture fits and feels. This is the reason to reline the denture and this is done by a professional, known as a prosthodontist,

As there are changes in body weight, either in loss or gain, it can make the denture fit differently. There could be mouth sores which may develop due to ill-fitting dentures, and so any change in the denture should be noticed and done by the dentist. If there are persistent sores, a medication can be used to help heal stubborn areas of concern. Also the denture is subjected to a lot of wear and tear throughout the day, however the teeth in the denture are strong, but the material used which fits closely to the gums & mouth tissue is made for optimal comfort & need to be replaced.

It is most uncommon that a denture would require relining, every 3-5 years. By relining the denture,the life of a denture can be extended indefinitely. Most patients may not even realise that the denture was relined, nevertheless regular visits to the dentist can determine when its time to reline the dentures

CARING FOR YOUR DENTURE

  • Never boil or microwave a denture to clean and disinfect it
  • Use denture soaks which would help to keep dentures looking their best
  • For any further information contact our dental team at Dr. Dubey's Clinic

Is it ok to sleep with my dentures?

It is up to you: It is better if you leave them out at night to allow the gums to recover , as many patients do not like to be seen by their partner without the dentures.

If you wear your dentures , you are putting the gums under pressure for an additional 8hrs , whilst sleeping for no real reason, as while you sleep you do not require them to eat, and you are not in public, or talking, so why !!! do give your gums a rest.

There is a famous analogy, " When you sleep at night do you wear your shoes? So why sleep wearing your dentures?' What this means is, it is not necessary to wear your dentures if you are not used to it,so why wear them?

Can I eat normally with dentures?

Yes!!! you should be able to eat as you would eat normally, and there is no specific diet. At first start to eat soft, and easily manageable food. Chew properly and gently. Don't get into the habit of only using only one side of your mouth to eat. You can distribute the pressure by eating more evenly this way and it helps one to learn to eat more easily

If you are eating hard foods,develop a habit of pushing back a little, especially when you are eating, pushing back as the bite helps produce the leverage needed to keep your dentures in place.

Types Of Dentures

Conventional Full Denture

A conventional denture is used, after all the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. The process of healing takes, about a few months,during this time,you will be without teeth.

Immediate Full Denture

After all the teeth are removed , then an immediate full denture is inserted. The dentist takes measurements,and makes models of your jaw during your prior visit. The advantage of an immediate denture does, give the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, after the dentures are inserted it needs to be reline for several months. The bone, structure which supports your teeth helps reshape the teeth as it heals, and this makes the denture loose.

Partial Denture

The partial denture rests, on a metal framework, that attaches the natural teeth, in rare cases crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth, and helps as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures also offer a removable alternative to bridges.

How can I whiten my dentures

In order to whiten your denture, the first thing you need to do is to remove them from your mouth, and clean them with a toothbrush and toothpaste, if you feel the need, then use a denture tooth paste,brush them for around 3 minutes and then rinse, this would help to remove all the food particles which is stuck inside. Then after you have clean' the denture , heat some water and then put the dentures in a glass bowl and then a teaspoon of some bleaching powder, and let it sit for 6 minutes,after that brush the dentures after it has soaked in warm water with the bleach. Rinse for two minutes . If wish to have better taste, apply a small amount of toothpaste to to the toothbrush, and brush the dentures again. This would help to give you a good whiten denture and a great smile.

Is it possible for you to brush your dentures with toothpaste?

Your dentures should be cleansed with a denture cleanser, ideally however a normal toothpaste contains abrasives, which can scratch the surface of your dentures, giving rise to crevices. The bacteria that collects and grows with the crevices, that cause bad breath. Dentures cleanser do contain special ingredients, that help clean dentures without harming them, and also remove stains and kill odour-causing bacteria.

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Sumit Dubey



BDS, M.D.S, FICOI (Prosthodontist & Implantologist)

Specialist in Oral Dental Implants, Maxillofacial Posthodontics

MBA (Healthcare &Hospital Administration)

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