Dentures, Partials, & Repairs
When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option. Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.
A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations and even your self-esteem.
Reasons for a Full Denture
An upper full denture will almost always feel better than a lower full denture. In order to dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, we frequently suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw can help anchor the denture and significantly improve comfort. Sometimes, the implants can even be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years.
Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. Dentures come in two variations: partial dentures and complete or full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth are replaced in the mouth.
For some of our patients, removal is the only option because the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired.
A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base that rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
It is important to note that wearing an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations, and even your self-esteem. However, with advances in dental technology, implant-retained dentures are becoming an option, giving the patient both a natural looking smile, and a fully functioning mouth.
This type of denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires. Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing.
A partial denture allows all missing teeth in the same arch (either the upper or the lower) to be replaced with one appliance. A partial denture is inherently much more stable and therefore more comfortable than a complete denture. There are many factors that help us to determine if you are a candidate for tooth replacement with a partial denture. Among these factors, the health of the gums and the shape of the anchor teeth are most important.
Partial Denture or Dental Implant?
Partial dentures can be designed to allow for the future loss of teeth that may not be as healthy as the rest. Alternatives to partial dentures include bridges, implants, and occasionally, full dentures.
Dentures and Repairs
Dentures are a common treatment for replacing missing teeth that have been around for hundreds of years. Modern dentures consist of acrylic resin teeth set into an acrylic gum-colored base and are much more realistic in appearance than older dentures. While dentures can restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, they are vulnerable to damage. When your dentures are damaged, it is important to have them repaired right away. Weekend Dentistry can help.
What Causes Damage to Dentures?
Dentures can be damaged for some different reasons. One of the most common reasons that they break is because they simply do not fit properly. Your dentures need to be replaced periodically to accommodate your changing jawbone. Generally, you need to be refitted for dentures every seven years.
There are several other reasons why dentures may become damaged.
When Should Dentures Be Repaired?
Damage to dentures can occur suddenly, or it can occur gradually. Regardless of what causes your denture damage, it is important that they be repaired as soon as you notice something is not quite right. Whether your dentures feel off or you notice a loose metal clasp, it is essential that you call and make an appointment right away.
How Easy Are Dentures to Repair?
The extent of the damage determines how easy or difficult your dentures will be to repair. Small cracks can sometimes be bonded. A broken denture may be repairable, but it may not be as strong as it once was. If the damage is too severe, and your denture is beyond repair, an impression is taken to replace it. The teeth in your dentures, whether loose or cracked, can often be repaired in our dental lab. Small chips may be repaired in the office, but this is dependent upon the size of the chip and where it is located in your denture.
Can I Repair My Dentures Myself?
While you may have seen denture repair kits for sale, it is not recommended that you attempt any repairs on your own. It is understandable that you might want your denture repaired immediately, attempting to repair your dentures yourself can make the damage worse or harm your oral health. In the event of any damage, even seemingly small damage, it is important that you call right away.
Avoiding Damaged Dentures
Taking care of your dentures is essential for preventing damage. Handle your dentures with care when you remove them for cleaning. Lay down a towel on the counter or fill your bathroom sink with water. Brush with a soft bristled brush and denture paste or soap and water. Avoid biting and chewing on anything very hard. Have your mouth and dentures examined regularly. Moreover, if you notice anything unusual about the fit of your dentures or notice any type of damage, schedule an appointment immediately.
If your dentures do not fit correctly or they have suffered damage, it is important that you have them repaired as soon as possible. Call Weekend Dentistry at (210) 783-0944 to schedule your appointment today.