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Custom dental prosthetics/prosthodontics such as dentures and partials are both efficient and cost-effective. Thanks to today’s advanced materials, you can invest in a dental prosthesis that is both durable and attractive. That way you can smile with confidence, leaving the embarrassment of missing teeth in the past.
Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on restoring and replacing damaged teeth. For the most part, these treatments consist of dentures, partials, and overdentures.
Sometimes called “plates”, full dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower arch at one time. Dentures rest directly against your gum tissues and are used when all of the teeth need to be extracted or are already missing. Perhaps you experienced trauma, complex decay, or aggressive gum disease. Instead of living with non-restorable teeth, the denture rebuilds the entire arch with a single prosthesis.
If you have healthy teeth, there’s no need to extract them. In fact, it’s best to preserve them when possible. So, to replace all of the other teeth that are missing, we can use a partial denture. “Partials” can be made of an acrylic or metal base and snap in around the natural teeth you’re retaining. Their design is more of a low-profile fit than full dentures.
Implant Supported Overdentures
Overdentures are a combination of removable dentures and dental implants. They provide added stability for someone who may have narrow bone or difficulty achieving a tight seal under their traditional prosthesis. Depending on your oral anatomy, as few as 2-4 dental implants can be used. Overdentures have built-in locators on the underside surface, which essentially snap onto the corresponding implant attachment. They are removed nightly, similar to traditional dentures.
Choosing a Tooth Replacement Option
There’s no “perfect” tooth replacement for everyone. Some people are prime candidates for partial dentures, while others may do better with a fixed bridge or dental implant. Circumstances such as the health of your other teeth will come into play. As we discuss your options with you, we’ll make an appropriate recommendation based off of your unique situation. Our mission is to treat each patient like a member of our own family. We want you to be completely happy with whatever decision you make.
What if I Need Extractions?
Let’s say you need dental extractions leading up to your prosthesis delivery. We understand that you don’t want to have to wait several days to replace them. If extractions are required, we can work to deliver some type of an interim prosthesis while your mouth is healing and before the permanent denture is ready to be fitted.
Denture Care and Maintenance
Full and partial dentures should be removed nightly. Doing so will help prevent infection and keep your oral tissues as healthy as possible. Soak your prosthesis in an effervescent denture cleanser that’s diluted in lukewarm water. The next morning, brush away any loose debris and rinse it off thoroughly. Make sure you’re cleaning your gums twice a day as well (a soft washcloth or extra-soft toothbrush with tap water is fine.)
Adjusting to Your New Prosthesis
The earliest days with a new denture can require a bit of a learning curve. Fortunately, with practice and patience, you’ll feel like yourself again soon. We recommend practicing talking in the mirror each day until you feel comfortable with your speech patterns. Since your lips, cheeks, and tongue will have another structure to shape themselves around, a little practice can go a long way. The same is to be said for eating. Early on, consider starting with softer foods that you can cut into small pieces and then gradually work your way up. Give yourself at least a couple of weeks to adjust before you plan any important outings with friends or business partners.
Dentures are designed to create a suction against your soft gingival tissue. Try to practice adjusting to them before relying on denture paste or adhesive.
Planning Your Treatment
Your care planning process will include everything from selecting the size and shape of teeth you want to reviewing payment options available. It’s not uncommon for us to review 2-3 options so that you can weigh the advantages of each. You play a direct role in your oral health plan. The better educated you are about your choices, the happier you’ll be about the treatment outcome!
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