Dentures are artificial teeth placed onto a rigid frame that fits over your gums. They are customized just for you, using forms taken by your dentist and sent to a dental lab. A set of dentures can replace a few missing teeth or all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw. Dentures are visually matched to your remaining teeth, so people will not notice if you have a partial set of dentures or a full set of upper or lower dentures. If you have been considering dentures Clearwater FL, we are the natural choice. Our dentist, hygienists and office staff will help you to select the type of dentures best suited to your needs and provide you with guidance to care for and use your dentures.
Types of Removable Dentures
There are several types of dentures. If you have some of your natural teeth, a partial denture could be the solution you need. The partial denture has artificial tooth crowns in the places where your natural teeth have been removed. A complete denture has a full set of artificial tooth crowns. Some people prefer to get a set of immediate dentures. Forms are made of your mouth before your natural teeth are removed. These are full dentures given to you immediately after tooth extraction, and you wear them while you heal from oral surgery. After 6 to 12 months, your immediate dentures may need to be relined. This is because your gums change shape a little as they heal from tooth extraction surgery. After your mouth is fully healed from the tooth extractions, you will get your permanent set of dentures. Overdentures are another option. They fit on top of the roots of your natural teeth. Many patients find them to be more comfortable than other dentures.
Implant dentures involve the placement of permanent implants. The implants are thin rods of titanium that go into your jaw bone. An implant can be used in place of partial or full dentures. You may need four to six implants for each jaw for a full set of dentures. Some people need bone grafts during the implant process. Customized crowns are made, and they are attached to the posts after your mouth has healed. Many patients choose to have implant dentures on the lower jaw. This is because getting a good fit for traditional dentures is trickier on the lower jaw compared to the upper jaw. It is possible to do implant dentures on the bottom and removable dentures on the top.
What Dentures Are Made of
Decades ago, artificial tooth crowns on dentures were made of porcelain. Today, the artificial tooth crowns on dentures are usually made of a hard resin. The hard resin is less prone to chipping or cracking compared to porcelain. The resin is softer than natural teeth. After about five to eight years, the artificial tooth crowns usually need to be replaced. The resin is colored in a shade that matches your remaining natural teeth. You can also work with the dentist to choose a shade that gives you a beautiful, bright smile. The supporting structure for the denture may be made from a similar resin or a polymer material. It may have a metal framework, especially if it is a partial denture. The resin or polymer is colored pink to match your gum tissue.
Who Should Consider Dentures
When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone’s mass decreases. Your cheeks and lips lose their support. This causes considerable changes to how your face looks. Getting dentures helps maintain your jaw bone structure. They provide support the soft tissues of your mouth. With dentures, you can maintain a healthy diet. You will be able to chew tough foods such as meat and raw foods such as apples or carrots. This helps you properly nourish your body. If decayed or damaged teeth make you feel ashamed or embarrassed, wearing dentures helps restore your self-confidence. You will be able to show your smile and enjoy dining out with friends and family. Talking, singing and having your picture taken will be easier. If your natural teeth are causing pain, having them removed and replaced with dentures could help you feel better.
How Dentures Work
To make your custom dentures, we take impressions and X-rays of your mouth. We send those to a dental lab, where the metal and plastic frame and porcelain tooth crowns are put together. When your dentures are ready, you visit our office. These dentures fit over your gums. Many of our patients prefer to use a denture adhesive. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you talk, bite or chew. Dentures on implants work a little differently. The implants are small titanium rods implanted into your jaw. Your body grows new bone cells that anchor the post into place. Once the implants are firmly anchored, the denture’s framework is attached to the posts. You do not have to remove dentures that are on implants.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Dentures need to be cleaned every day. Daily cleaning removes stains and particles of food that could cause bad breath. Cleaning the dentures also removes bacteria that could affect your gums and palate. We recommend denture cleaning pastes and tablets. Removable dentures should be taken out for cleaning. While your dentures are out, you will clean your gums and tongue with a wet, soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Overnight, place your dentures in a denture soak. This preserves their shape. If you have chosen dentures on implants, we will show you how to clean them. Rarely, you may need a denture repair. A denture repair might be needed if the frame becomes misshapen or if one of the artificial tooth crowns is damaged. We offer prompt denture repairs.
Let us help you get beautiful new dentures Clearwater FL. Our dentist, hygienists and office staff are ready to answer any questions you have about denture types, care or repairs. Contact us today to learn more.