Despite dentists telling patients to brush and floss regularly, and despite public water being safe to drink, and despite the dental care improvements over the years, not everyone will survive their lifetime with their natural teeth. For many people, dentures are an option for replacing missing teeth and the tissues that surround them. People all over the United States have dentures, and they come from every walk of life, economic standing, and racial back ground.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. While permanent dental fixtures such as bridges and implants can not be taken out of the mouth, dentures can be removed and replaced as often as a wearer feels necessary. Most denture wearers remove their dentures at bedtime and soak them over night in a specialized cleaning solution. This specialized solution cleans the dentures thoroughly and removes bacterial build up that could cause infections and diseases in the mouth.
Dentures are specially made to fit each individual’s mouth. A prosthodontic specialist is highly trained to fit patients with removable dentures. Dentures are made in a laboratory by highly trained dental technicians. Many dentists offer on-site labs to make the dentures in order to provide a more accurate and streamlined process for patients. Quality matters when it comes to removable dentures, and you only want to trust a specialized dentist for the work.
If you have missing teeth, research your options for removable dentures. By replacing missing teeth, your smile can not only be complete, but it can also help you to regain the confidence of a brighter smile.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
Dentures are frequently a type of “treatment” that is often adjusted, re-lined or check for a fit during your routine dental exams. Properly fitted dentures can last for several years, but changes come gradually so most people aren’t sure when their denture has been worn past the point of no return. Here are some reasons why patients may need to toss their old denture for a new one:
Significant weight loss.
When you lose weight, the tissues around your mouth get smaller, too. That means something like a denture that is held in place by suction against your anatomical structures isn’t going to stay in place. While minor weight loss might be reason to re-line a denture, significant weight loss will need a new denture altogether, especially if proper nutrition intake is a concern.
Your denture is broken.
This may sound obvious, but even if one or two teeth has broken off of the denture, it can’t be repaired. Your denture is a one-piece restoration that simply can’t be patched back together. Trying to cement a part of a denture back together will not stand up to normal wear and tear during the day.
You can’t wear it without adhesive or getting sore spots.
A properly fitted denture doesn’t require adhesive pastes to stay in place. It also shouldn’t cause sores or raw spots from wearing it. Re-lining the denture can fix some of these problems, but if the prosthesis is very old then it’s just time to get a new one made.
Even denture patients need to see their dentist for check-ups. Schedule your appointment twice each year.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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