At Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis our patients receive excellent dentures. The need for a variety of dentures of our patients is taken care of to ensure lovely and bright smiles and lives.
What are Dentures?
Dentures, also commonly known as false teeth or artificial teeth, are fitted to act as prosthesis for missing teeth. They are often made of acrylic, nylon, or metal. They can be used in place of one tooth, several, or all of the teeth, and they fit snugly over the gums.
Properly fitted dentures have numerous benefits, including improving speech, eating capabilities, and self-confidence. It can also help to prevent the face from sagging over time and may offer protection to the remaining teeth.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
Patients with missing teeth love dentures for the multitude of benefits they provide. Denture benefits include the following:
• Increases one’s self-esteem
• Improves the smile and appearance
• Provides facial muscle support
• Improves speech and communication
• Provides ability to enjoy foods that need teeth to consume and improved health
• Customized design comfort and function
• Ease of removal and placement
• Ease of cleaning and maintenance
• Many insurances provide denture coverage
What are the types of Dentures?
There are many types of dentures or false teeth available for the patient to choose from, including partial dentures and full dentures. All necessitate fitting so that they match the teeth’s shape, size, and color.
Partial dentures also known as removable partial dentures (RPD) are used if the patient still has some healthy natural teeth available. These dentures are often clipped around the remaining healthy teeth. These clips may be visible when you speak. However, they can be prepared in tooth-colored material.
Full dentures also known as complete dentures are used if all the teeth are lost or extracted, which may occur due to injury, infection, periodontitis, or other medical condition and extraction. These artificial teeth are attached to a plate that sits against the gums.
The plates and gum fittings — which can be made from either metal or an acrylic that matches the color of the gums — typically are not visible to others.
Adhesive may be used or required to help keep the dentures in place.
Removable dentures are the traditional model, and they come with a big added benefit of being easier to clean.
They can, however, slip out of place more easily, so dentists recommend avoiding foods that are particularly chewy, sticky, or hard.
False teeth adhesive can help keep them in place, but these adhesives can be difficult to use.
Removable dentures typically last about a few years before they need to be replaced.
Price variations depend on the materials used, the number of teeth, and whether one is getting a single plate or two (both the upper and lower dentures).
Flexible dentures are a popular alternative to traditional dentures, and they are made with flexible but extremely durable material that is comparatively comfortable to wear. Thanks to the translucent resin that matches the gum color, they do not require any visible clips like those one might find with partial dentures.
Flexible dentures are also light weight and less bulky in the mouth.
What is the Denture preparation and placement process?
For most patients, getting dentures is done in 4 steps.
• Getting mouth impressions
• Measuring the bite to see how the jaw comes together
• Trial on the denture, to see how it looks and feels
• Insertion of the denture
What is the cost of getting Dentures?
Determining the final cost of getting dentures depends on several factors which include:
• Whether tooth extraction is needed
• Whether it is partial or complete denture
• The number of visits needed for the procedure
• The material of the base and the teeth
• Does the patient have dental insurance?
Is there insurance have coverage for implants?
What are the disadvantages of Dentures?
While dentures provide great benefits, there are potential disadvantages as well.
• Complete ones may feel bulky, especially an upper set in the mouth roof. Lower ones may feel unstable as well
• The instability stemming from various muscles such as the tongue that can shift them
• A patient’s unique jaw anatomy may present complications
Alternatives to Dentures
In addition to dentures, there are other alternatives that some individuals may find more appealing.
False teeth implants are permanent, thanks to a metal screw placed into the jawbone for stability before a false tooth is placed on top of it. One can have just one implant or a full set. Implants are significantly more expensive than dentures, though some people are happy to pay this for permanence.
Veneers can help improve the appearance of existing healthy teeth by placing a thin layer of porcelain over the front of the teeth. They cannot replace missing teeth, however.
Bridges are another common alternative to dentures. Bridges are made up of false teeth that are held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to neighboring teeth or an implant. They are more permanent than removable dentures and may not require the implant process if healthy neighboring teeth are available.
How to maintain the Dentures
At Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis we suggest the following
• Cleaning of artificial teeth everyday
• The best way to clean the dentures depends on the type of false teeth. Removing the partial dentures, for example, can make it easier to clean
• Use of cleaning solutions specific to dentures to help clean them effectively. False teeth require different solutions depending on the materials they are made from.
• To increase the lifespan of your false teeth, care while handling them.
• Avoid damage to any of the clips while cleaning
• Soaking the dentures overnight can prevent them from drying out and warping. However one needs to ensure to rinse them under water before placing into the mouth
• Avoid certain foods. Avoid drinking beverages that are hot enough to warp the dentures. It may also recommend avoiding foods that are tough like hard candy or chewy like gum
• Avoid dropping the dentures. Make sure the area where the denture cleaning is done is carpeted.
• While practicing the placement and removal ensure the floor is carpeted or stand against the bed.
• Always place them in or clean them with water that is at room temperature. Never wash or soak them in warm or hot water.
Possible side effects of Dentures and solutions
Issue Solution Increased salivation when one first gets false teeth, especially immediate (temporary) dentures. Temporary nausea. This is normal and subsides as the mouth gets used to the new addition. Difficulty eating while getting used to the new dentures Start with soft and liquid foods to get accustomed to them Struggle to speak as compared to before getting dentures Gets easier as one get used to the dentures. Practice saying words that are difficult to pronounce to speed up the process Dentures can sometimes cause irritation or sores in the mouth while getting used to them This is common and often subsides as one adjusts. Gargle with salt water and maintain excellent oral hygiene to help treat these symptoms. High air pressure against removable dentures while coughing or sneezing Cover the mouth with your hand when sneezing, yawning, or coughing
Certain indicators that indicate that the false teeth need to be adjusted, refitted, or repaired
• Chips or cracks in the false teeth
• Difficulty chewing post the adjustment period (normally a week to a fortnight)
• Changing fit over time, where it is not as snug as it used to be (removable dentures may slip or fall out more often, which is normal after several years but requires refitting)
• Pressure sores from where the false teeth fit into place, especially after the adjustment period
• Consistent speech pattern changes that do not go away after the adjustment period
• Odor emanating from the false teeth
If you have missing teeth, call Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis today for a consultation. We have helped create many beautiful smiles for numerous patients. We believe in providing the perfect balance of aesthetics with function. We would not just want you to look good, but feel amazing too! So contact us and get your dentures designed and created with one of the best cosmetic dentists.