Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please.
Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed.
It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth.
You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are.
You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution.
Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
are held in place by attachments that are embedded in the underside of the denture.
These clips are made of plastic and they do wear out. You will know when they wear out because the overdenture will feel much looser. They wear out about every 18 months to 2 years on average. They are easily replaced my office in about 45 minutes.
The actual teeth on an overdenture will wear out. The teeth hardly wear at all on a fixed bridge. This is strictly due to the material that the teeth are made of. Porcelain fixed teeth can chip, but generally are rarely replaced.
Overdenture teeth are made of plastic and wear out about every 5-8 years. When they wear out, they need to be replaced. If left to wear for too long, your face will begin to look older because the distance from your nose to your chin has gotten smaller.
The entire overdenture will probably need to be replaced at 10 years. Although, overdentures are great solutions, they do require replacement.
A fixed dental implant bridge requires much less maintenance than an overdenture.
HINTS FOR DOCTORS WHILE SEEING....PATIENTS WITH DENTURE OVER LOCATORS......
Good oral hygiene is vital to attachment success.
The Locator Implant Abutments must be thoroughly cleaned each day to prevent wear of the abutments due to buildup of abrasive plaque in the socket of the abutment.
The use of a soft nylon bristle or end-tufted toothbrush, and superfloss to polish the abutments should be taught. A non-abrasive gel toothpaste, and an irrigation system is recommended to keep the socket of the Locator Abutment clean.
Patients should maintain a three to four month recall for cleaning and attachment evaluation.
The inside socket of the Locator Abutment and the sulcus area around the implant abutment
are the primary areas of concern, better use plastic instruments for scaling the abutments.
Do not use metal instruments which may create scratches on the abutment surface.
Examine patients for signs of inflammation around the implant abutments, and for implant mobility.
Use a 30N-cm torque wrench to make sure the Locator Implant Abutment is tight before dismissal.