Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, can affect an individual’s self-image, affect their ability to speak, and increase their risk of developing a number of severe, systemic health disorders, such as nutritional deficiencies. Full and partial dentures offer a reliable and effective solution to replace missing teeth, through which a beautiful smile and lost oral functions are both promptly restored.
Dentures are false teeth used to replace missing natural teeth that may have been lost due to gum disease, tooth decay, or an oral injury. Unlike dental implants, which are fixed within the mouth, dentures are typically removable and can provide patients with a natural-looking smile that closely resembles their former teeth. While new dentures may take some time to get used to, innovations in prosthodontics offer dentures that are more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures — full dentures and partial dentures. Our Orlando dentists can help you choose the type of denture that best meets your needs based on whether some or all of your teeth must be replaced, among a number of additional factors.
Complete or full dentures are typically chosen when most or all of a patient’s natural teeth require replacement, and they consist of an upper denture and a lower denture. The base of each part of the denture is made from a high-quality, gum-colored acrylic, which comfortably fits over the patient’s surrounding gums. Full dentures remain in place as a result of suction between the natural gums and the denture base. Complete dentures exist in three forms — immediate full dentures, conventional full dentures, and implant-supported overdentures.
A conventional full denture is beneficial for patients from which all remaining natural teeth have been removed. Conventional dentures are placed once the gums have fully healed — complete healing of the gums and oral tissues may take several months following a tooth extraction procedure, in which case immediate dentures or temporary dentures may be provided as an interim solution after which time the permanent dentures will be made and placed.
Immediate dentures, or immediate full dentures, are inserted directly following the extraction of the remaining teeth. During a prior visit, our Orlando dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaw. With immediate dentures patients never have to be without teeth — however, this type of denture must be relined several months following insertion, as the bone that supports the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
Implant-supported dentures are among the available alternatives to dentures and may be chosen when a patient has sufficient bone in their jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto and adhere to the implants — fixing into place the denture — whereas a conventional denture rests on the gums and may be easily removed.
Partial dentures are chosen when a number of the patient’s natural teeth remain in the dental arch and, as such, only partial teeth replacement is required. As with a full denture, the base of a partial denture is made from a high-quality, gum-colored acrylic material, and the denture fits over the natural gum in order to fill the gap between two existing natural teeth, which act as anchors and give support to the bridge. Pontics — framework made from metal or acrylic that supports the base and artificial teeth — or dental crowns may be attached to natural teeth with metal wires, and metal clasps may be placed in order to provide both support and retention from the surrounding teeth. The partial denture may alternatively be supported on implants; this is a viable option when natural teeth are not available to act as supports for the partial denture.
In the majority of cases, patients may require dentures to replace missing teeth. However, additional signs which may promote a need for getting dentures likewise includes toothaches. Toothaches may be a sign of tooth decay and, if not remediated, may result in the requirement for tooth extraction and replacement with a prosthesis. Another common warning sign is prolonged gingivitis. While gingivitis is a treatable condition, if left unchecked or unaddressed, it may lead to tooth decay and extractions. Poor overall oral health, including the failure to adequately brush and floss and visit the dentist for regular check-ups, may likewise result in tooth loss. The best way to protect your natural teeth is with adequate dental care and the help of dental professionals, such as those with our dental office in Orlando — contact us today.
The denture development process generally requires multiple weeks and several dentist appointments. Once the dentist determines the best type of denture for the patient, the general steps are to make a series of impressions and take measurements of the patient’s jaw. Thereafter, the dentist creates models, wax forms, and plastic patterns in the exact shape and position as the prosthesis to be created and fits them onto the patient several times.
The mold is assessed, for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast. Then, a case is made of the final denture and the denture is fit to the patients. Adjustments may be made as necessary to ensure optimal comfort, fit, and appearance, as per the requirements of each patient. Thornton Park Dental Arts provides same-day dentures and custom dentures to help patients promptly and comfortably achieve a smile they will love for years to come.
Over time, denture problems may occur — as a result, dentures may have to be relined, remade, or rebased (creating a new base while preserving the existing denture) due to normal wear. Each patient’s mouth naturally changes with age, which can cause dentures to loosen and make daily functions, such as chewing, difficult and irritating to the surrounding gums. The best way to ensure your dentures are in optimal condition is to contact our dental office for an appointment.
In order to preserve your dentures — and a key to avoiding premature denture repair — is ensuring proper denture care as well as making regular visits to the dentist. Regular check-ups are critical, as the dentist can make minor adjustments to the denture to ensure a natural and comfortable fit over time. Just as natural teeth and gums require thorough cleaning of plaque, food particles, and other types of debris, so too do your dentures. Keeping your dentures clean can also help keep soft tissues healthy within your mouth and prevent oral irritation and infections. Consider the following tips for caring for your dentures. For additional tips about caring for your dentures, contact us today.