Posts for tag: Dentures
Although teeth are quite durable, we can still lose them—even all of them—to disease or injury. The good news, though, is that we have effective ways to restore teeth after they're lost. One of these, the removable denture, has given people their teeth back for several generations. And with recent advances in technology, today's dentures are even better.
Although more advanced, today's dentures share the same basic structure as those from a century ago: prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic resin colored to resemble the gums. The traditional denture is molded to fit snugly over an individual patient's alveolar jaw ridges, which once supported the former natural teeth. The denture stays in place primarily through a suction effect between the denture and the ridges.
Modern technology, though, has greatly improved today's dentures. Digital imaging can be used to generate highly accurate impressions of the dental ridges that can lead to denture bases with better fit. Dentists using photographs of the patient, especially in earlier years, are better able to identify facial landmarks, which enables them to position the new teeth to more closely recreate the patient's former smile.
These technological aids now help dentists to create more attractive dentures with better support and comfort. But the fit that makes this possible may not last due to a particular weakness inherent in traditional dentures—continuing bone loss. When teeth are missing, the underlying jawbone can lose bone volume over time. Dentures don't stop this process and can accelerate it due to constant friction and pressure on the dental ridges.
But a new modification incorporating dental implants with dentures can help solve these problems. By placing a few strategically positioned implants in the jawbone that then connect with the denture, the appliance not only gains more stability, but also produces less pressure on the dental ridges. In addition, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the titanium implant posts, which helps to stop or slow bone loss.
If you've experienced total tooth loss, dentures are an affordable and effective option. Thanks to modern dental advances, you can get back the smile and dental function you once lost.
If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
How your dentist in Charleston, South Carolina can help with your dentures
Dentures have been a go-to solution to replace missing teeth for a long time. If you wear a denture, you may be wondering if you are doing all you can do to take care of your denture. Proper care can help your denture last longer so you can continue to enjoy eating the foods you love.
Dr. Denise Stone at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, South Carolina offers a wide variety of dental services, including tooth replacement options like dentures.
Here are some tips for taking care of your denture:
- Always be careful when handling your dentures; they are well made, but they can still break, so don’t ever try to bend the plastic or the clasps.
- Remove your dentures and rinse them off after you eat; this helps to keep them free of food debris, which can irritate your soft tissue.
- After you have rinsed your dentures, gently brush your tissue with a piece of gauze or soft toothbrush; regularly cleaning helps to reduce levels of bacteria.
- Use a denture cleanser at least once each day to remove debris, plaque, and denture adhesive.
- Always remove your dentures when you go to sleep, to help limit bacterial growth which can cause inflammation and infection.
- Place your dentures in soaking solution overnight to keep your denture moist and comfortable to wear.
- Always rinse your denture free of soaking solution before you place it in your mouth.
- Never use sharp tools, harsh chemicals or abrasive agents to clean your denture. Don’t use whitening agents containing bleach on your denture, and avoid cleaning your denture with very hot water because it can change the fit and shape of your denture.
Dentures can give you a lifetime of beautiful smiles and great chewing ability. Dentures are an investment and will last longer with proper care. To find out more about denture care and other dental services, call Dr. Denise Stone of Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, South Carolina at (843) 556-6566. Call today!