If left untreated, partial or full tooth loss may not only affect your self-confidence, but it can also increase the risk of other systemic health and nutritional problems. Dentures are removable dental prosthesis which replaces natural teeth. Dentures are designed to resemble natural teeth and are carefully crafted to match your smile’s appearance.
Full Dentures are worn by patients whose teeth are missing in either the maxillary or mandibular arch. These dentures wholly cover the entire upper or lower jaw. There are three types of full dentures:
We recommend conventional dentures for patients with completely healed gums. They can be put in place eight weeks after the extraction. Healing time differs from person to person and the dentist will decide the exact time for the denture installation. During this time, the patient must maintain their dental hygiene habits and a healthy diet to help the healing process.
To prevent any discomfort associated with living without teeth, immediate dentures are a great option. Patients are able to wear them immediately after the tooth is removed. However, the jaw continuously adapts during the healing process, meaning that adjustments will need to be made at regular intervals. We recommend that immediate dentures be worn as a temporary treatment until the patient is able to wear conventional dentures.
Our dentists aim to save as much as possible from your natural teeth, regardless of their condition. Maintaining the natural condition of your teeth helps to maintain the jawbone in good condition and provide support to your dentures. The over denture is used to accommodate existing teeth.
Partial dentures are appropriate for patients who need dentures on a certain part of their mouth. Patients are able to remove partial dentures for extra comfort. These are attached to existing teeth or implants with precision attachments.
The care and maintenance steps depend on the type of denture used as well as on the patient’s condition. You should wear your dentures continuously for the first few weeks until you get used to it. Later on, you may remove the denture at night for added comfort.
When not in use, you must place the denture in a special container and fully covered with water, to preserve its flexibility.
The denture needs to be cleaned every day with a non-abrasive cleanser and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Visit Pearl Dentistry regularly for adjustments and routine check on your gums and remaining teeth.
Dentures change one’s appearance, boost self-esteem and improve the patient’s eating experience.
Visit us for a check-up and see what type of denture best fits you!