Dentures Hellertown PA
Tooth loss is a common yet unfortunate occurrence. Physical injuries, cavities, and gum diseases are some of the causes of tooth loss. Removable dentures are an excellent solution for people who have lost all or a few teeth. They are artificial teeth that replace the lost ones, helping restore your oral functions and appearance.
Here at DeWire Dental, we strive to give you the confidence to show off your teeth without feeling shy. We offer unique dental solutions ranging from partial to full dentures.
How Do Dentures Work?Partial and full dentures are made of a gum-colored base from plastic resin. The gum base fits on top of the alveolar ridge, previously holding the teeth in position. The prosthetic tooth functions and looks like natural teeth.
The suctioning effect of removable dentures close fit against alveolar ridges holds them in place. That explains why their fitting needs to be perfect. The large surface area of the roof of the mouth offers an upper denture with extra support making it stable.
It will take some time before you get used to wearing dentures since they get 'balanced' in places where the teeth are occupied. After some time, the ligaments, nerves, and muscles will get used to working in new ways allowing the functions to operate as usual. Dentures help in supporting the cheeks and lips, soft tissues, and the facial skeleton.
Types of Full DenturesImmediate dentures are a temporary means of assisting, in one move, to successfully wearing the denture. Due to the gums natural shrinkage, and muscular readjustment needed, dentures placed after teeth extraction will not perfectly fit like those placed after complete healing. These dentures offer immediate new teeth and time to adapt.
Conventional full dentures are permanent dentures that accurately fit into your mouth and can be fabricated after some time. They are well crafted to resemble natural teeth and work well in the mouth for long periods.
Implant-supported overdentures are placed in the upper or lower part of your gums and are removable dentures that can be anchored securely using two or more dental implants to help increase their stability. The upper jaw will always need more implants compared to the lower jaw.
Types of Partial DenturesTransitional partial dentures are well known for costing less. These plastic dentures act as temporary teeth and help maintain space while waiting for the mouth to heal. You can, after that, place dental implants after the healing process is complete.
Removable partial dentures are made of cast vitallium. These removable partial dentures are less intrusive and lighter than plastic ones. They cost more despite fitting better.
How Removable Dentures Are MadeDentures are made from a blend of art and science. An accurate impression of alveolar ridges is made at the bottom and top of the mouth. The denture base is made as a precise impression of your teeth in the dental laboratory.
The lab technician and dentist work together to choose from a wide variety of prosthetic teeth shapes and sizes to help recreate a natural smile. The temporary dentures can later be made in permanent form after everyone is satisfied.
One must balance their bite for normal eating and speech. It means the lower and upper dentures come together and stabilize each other properly. The dentures' functions and forms are checked to ensure they fit properly and work well.
Expectations After Getting Removable DenturesIt is normal to experience tissue shrinkage and bone loss after receiving a denture. You may find the removable dentures not fitting well for a few months. In such a situation, you can consider re-aligning the immediate dentures. This entails adding material under the base to help conform to the new alveolar ridge contours. You can also consider moving to a long-lasting set of conventional full dentures that will fit well. With the right care, dentures offer an economical, aesthetic, and functional solution to tooth loss problems.
How to Care for DenturesRemovable dentures only work well if well maintained. Here are important tips to help you take good care of your dentures.
Clean Your Dentures Frequently
It's important to extend your good oral hygiene to your removable dentures. Be sure to make it a habit of cleaning both your natural teeth and dentures daily. The right method of cleaning your dentures includes using a denture brush with soft bristles when brushing the dentures, using a denture cleaning solution prescribed by a licensed prosthodontist, using mild cleaning products when cleaning them, and ensuring each part of the denture is properly cleaned. Remember to pay close attention to the teeth and gums holding the dentures.
Ensure You Never Drop Your Dentures
Removable dentures are fragile and can break when they fall on a hard surface. Make it a habit of cleaning them over a towel or bowl of water to create a soft landing surface when they fall.
Never Sleep Wearing Your Dentures
Your mouth needs a break from your dentures. You should make it a habit of taking out your dentures before you go to bed. Clean the dentures and let them soak overnight.
Soak Your Dentures Whenever You Are Not Using Them
Soaking your dentures will help protect them from warping, retaining their shape. Ensure your dentures are soaked in a prescribed denture cleaning solution or clean cold water.
Never Hesitate to Contact Us
There are times when removable dentures stop fitting as they used to or mysteriously break. Never attempt to repair damaged dentures on your own. Feel free to visit a licensed prosthodontist to help repair any damaged denture. Give us a call at DeWire Dental if you need help with your dentures.
After receiving your first removable denture, you should put it in and wear it continually for 48 hours. This will help promote healing and control bleeding. Ensure you do not miss your follow-up appointment for any necessary adjustments.
For any questions about removable dentures, or if you want to find out what dentures are right for you, turn to DeWire Dental Family Dentistry for a consultation. Feel free to reach us at (610) 838-6188 and speak to one of our knowledgeable and experienced staff.