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Myths About Dentures
There are many common myths and misconceptions
regarding dentures that are accepted as fact. As with any
other myth it is important to set the matter straight.
Dentures last forever!
Dentures are long lasting but like
anything man made do wear out.
They are made from plastic and
dropping them can cause them to
break. Depending on the individual
the teeth wear out and the mouth
Once you have dentures, you don't need to see a
The mouth changes constantly. Dentures that become loose
and do not fit as well as they should will require a reline.
People with dentures can still develop oral cancer and should
be examined regularly by a denturist. If your dentures become
loose you may need to see the denturist for a reline.
Everyone can tell when you're wearing dentures.
Well fitting dentures made with
meticulous care and attention to detail
are difficult to recognize as dentures.
They should provide a natural
appearance and function well. You
should be able to eat and speak
normally. Dentures that fit well should not require adhesives to
hold them in place.
How long can I have my dentures?
Dentures typically last anywhere from 5-10 years. Even
though your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will
continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because
dentures are artificial, they will not change with the shape of
your mouth, and you will need them replaced or adjusted.
Also, make sure you see your regular denturist annually at
least, so as to avoid any major problems you cannot identify
Will dentures make me look different?
Today, the technology behind
prosthodontics has become so
advanced that you probably will barely
notice a difference in your appearance.
Each set of dentures is personalized to
your gums, lips, tongue...your whole
mouth. Additionally, before you're given
your permanent dentures, molds are made in wax for you to
try them on and see how they feel. The only difference in
appearance you might have is the absence of decaying teeth,
and the appearance of a healthy, beautiful looking smile.
Will dentures affect the way I speak?
Getting dentures for the first time is an adjustment, to say the
least. There are many things you're going to have to practice
a little to truly master - and speaking is one. Don't worry - it's
not like relearning how to speak completely. You may
experience some lisping at first, but it shouldn't take long to
re-teach your tongue and lips where they go to regain you
original speech patterns.
Will dentures affect the way I eat?
Again, it's all an adjustment. Yes, you may have some
difficulty at first, but you've spent a lifetime learning a
particular way of eating. Now, you'll just need to tweak it a
little. Because your natural teeth are rooted deep in your
mouth, you tear your food away from its source. Picture biting
into a piece of fruit. Normally, you would tear the piece you
want to eat right away from the rest of the fruit. With dentures,
you will learn how to bite into the food, and not pull your head
away until it is already in your mouth. A small adjustment, but
it will take some practice.
How do I clean my dentures?
Like teeth, a denturist will
recommend brushing your
dentures after every meal.
Obviously, this is not always a
practical option. But you should
clean your dentures as soon after
you eat as possible. Take the
dentures out and hold with your
thumb and forefinger. Make sure wherever you're cleaning
them, it's never over a hard surface. Put a towel down on the
vanity, or make sure the sink is full of water. If you drop them,
they won't break. Get a good denture brush and denture
cleaner, both available in every day drugstores and brush
thoroughly, as you would if the teeth were in your mouth.
Avoid using bleaching agents, as they will discolor the pink
acrylic for the gum line.
Should my dentures come out at night?
Probably. But check with your denturist. If your dentures are
not in your mouth, there is usually extra care you should be
taking with them - and you want to make sure you fully
understand what that care is. You've spent too much on your
dentures to not double check with your denturist.
Caring For Your Dentures
If you want to keep your new smile looking great for a long
time, there are some simple things to know about caring for
your new dentures.
Dentures should be worn every
day to make sure that they fit
nicely into your mouth. Overtime,
your gum and jawline will change.
Wearing your denture regularly
will help them to change less, and
keep the denture fitting
Caring for dentures also means caring for your mouth in
general. Your mouth needs a break! Take the dentures out at
night and massage the gums with a soft toothbrush. This
break will help prevent fungal infections and keep the mouth
Perhaps the most important part of caring for dentures is
simply brushing them with a special denture brush, which is
softer than a regular toothbrush. Use a denture paste, not
regular toothpaste which is too harsh and could scratch the
denture material. A little dish soap is okay, but be sure to rinse
well, and never use other household cleaners on your
dentures. The chemicals are just too harsh.
When handling dentures, be sure to use caution. They are
fragile and can break easily if dropped even onto a bathroom
or kitchen sink. Many people prefer to work over a basin of
water or soft folded towel as extra insurance in the event that
the dentures slip from their hands while cleaning them.
Considering the time and money investment, not to mention
the importance of your dentures to your daily life, this is a
good habit to get into.
Caring for your dentures is simply about establishing good
habits right from the beginning. Clean them twice a day, just
as you would your natural teeth. After meals where brushing is
inconvenient, be sure to rinse out your mouth to help wash
away any food particles that may be caught between the
With just a few moments a day, doing a good job caring for
your dentures will provide years of satisfaction. These simple
habits may take time to establish, but they can make a world
of difference in how long they maintain their beautiful, new
The Complete Denture Exam
The successful Denture starts with a Complete Denture
Examination. It is important to determine if a person actually
needs a denture and whether an overdenture is indicated.
Because of advances in Denturistry it is often possible to
return the mouth to health without the construction of a
denture. It is always the best choice to KEEP your teeth or at
least some of them. A successful denture can be made but is
always a compromise.
As with a patient that has teeth, It is important that a proper
exam be performed before a denture is constructed on
someone who has worn a denture for many years . It is
important to check for changes in the mouth and to determine
if the dental arches can be enhanced by ridge enhancement
surgery, before the new denture is constructed. If any
pathology is present, it is important not to construct a new
denture over active disease.
A complete clinical examination of the mouth is used to
determine the condition of the soft tissues and the size and
shape of the dental arches. The relationship of the upper and
lower jaws can also be determined.
A General Overview Explanation
Dentures have been around for a very long time. Many people
have heard the stories about George Washington's dentures.
Today's, dentures are of better quality and are more
comfortable than ever before.
Replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining good
health and appearance. A full denture is a prosthetic appliance
that replaces all the natural teeth. People who have no teeth
usually show the effects of age more then people who have
healthy natural teeth. A denture also has benefits with the way
a person can eat and speak. A full denture support the the
facial muscles and gives a natural appearance and smile.
A full or Complete Denture is a removable appliance that
replace all the natural teeth.
A Partial Denture is a removable appliance that fills the
spaces that happen when teeth are lost.
A full denture can be immediate. The denture is constructed
before the teeth are removed, the teeth are removed and the
denture is immediately placed in the mouth. The advantage is
that a person is never without teeth during the healing period.
An immediate denture will always require a reline because the
tissues of the mouth will change as healing occurs.
An over-denture uses roots if they have adequate bone, or
implants that hold the denture in place in the mouth with the
help of special attachments. This holds the denture firmly in
A careful examination including x-rays are essential when
preparing for a denture. There are many steps and sizing
tests that are required to ensure a denture fits and functions
correctly, and has a natural appearance. It is essential to
record proper jaw relationships and make accurate copies of
New dentures are seldom perfect without minor adjustments.
There is a short period required to learn how to chew and use
them correctly. New Dentures can develop sore spots and the
denturist will need to adjust the denture until they are
comfortable. Like with anything new dentures will require a
learning period. You will need to learn how to use the muscles
of your mouth and tongue to hold the lower denture in place.
It is best not to leave the dental office and plan on a steak
dinner. Start slowly with softer foods that are easier to chew. It
may also take a brief period for speech to return to normal.
This is a natural transition which usually happens reasonably
It is usually recommended that people remove a denture at
night to let the tissues of the mouth rest and breath. Many
people however, do sleep with their teeth for "social" reasons.
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What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous
implant or fixture) is a surgical component that
interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a
dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture,
facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The
basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process
called osseointegration, in which materials such as
titanium form an intimate bond to bone. The implant
fixture is first placed so that it is likely to
osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added.
A variable amount of
healing time is
before either the
dental prosthetic (a
tooth, bridge or
denture) is attached
to the implant or an
abutment is placed
which will hold a
The final prosthetic can be either fixed, where a person
cannot remove the denture or teeth from their mouth,
or removable, where they can remove the prosthetic. In
each case an abutment is
attached to the implant
fixture. Where the
prosthetic is fixed, the
crown, bridge or denture is
fixed to the abutment.
Where the prosthetic is
removable, a corresponding
adapter is placed in the
prosthetic so that the two
pieces can be secured
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