Out with the old and in with the new. Dental dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as easily as you please. Patients have the option for full or partial dentures depending on individual cases. 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 an option when some of your teeth still remain. Much similar to a bridge, partial dentures are not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Of course partial denture recommendations are based case by case.
What Are New Dentures Like?
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.
The All-on-4 ® treatment provides a permanent, same-day replacement for the entire upper and / or lower set of teeth. This procedure is recommended for patients with significant tooth loss or decay and for people who do not qualify for dental implants due to significant bone loss.
The All-on-4® treatment establishes a fully customized denture placed atop four titanium implants. The implants support a bridge that supports your new prosthetic teeth. This process takes uses existing bone, even if the existing bone is minimal. This is accomplished by angling the implants approximately 45 degrees to avoid compromising the sinus cavity and the nerve canal. The treatment avoids having to use bone grafts to support the implants, which is why it is recommended to individuals with significant bone loss.
The All-on-4® treatment is named after the four titanium implants your new dentures rest on. If you are in need of dentures see Dr. Bruggeman about our All-on-4 treatment.