Approximately 40% of your jawbone structure will be gone after wearing your dentures for just six months. After a few years, you will begin to notice that your dentures aren't fitting the way they use to. This is because over the years, the structure of your jawbone becomes unable to support your denture. The same thing happens even if you are wearing a partial denture.
Once the structure of your jawbone is gone, your options for tooth replacement become very limited. Dental implants can stop bone loss and provide your mouth with natural looking teeth before the jawbone structure is completely lost.
This type of denture is made to be placed in the mouth immediately after you have all your natural teeth extracted. This allows you to leave the office without the embarrassment of having no teeth while the gums heal from the extraction. The denture is made to conform to your mouth at the moment impressions were taken. Your gums will change drastically over the next few months, and it is possible that the dentures will rub against the gums causing some soreness until the denture is adjusted. Most patients will require a reline of their denture within the first few months due to the gums shrinking from the extraction of teeth. Another benefit of immediate dentures is the fact that the dentures act as a bandage to the extraction sites which covers the tooth sockets and prevents them from becoming irritated. Just remember, never remove the denture yourself, even for a brief moment unless Dr. Levine has instructed you to. The gums have a tendency to swell when uncovered at first; and if you are without your dentures for a little while, they may never go back in until the swelling have gone away.
A full arch denture is a removable tooth-replacement option for those who need all their teeth replaced. They can be crafted to provide the characteristics (tooth shape and color) the patient desires. Advances have been made in the materials used for dentures and in the way they are designed. If you already have dentures (partial or full arch), you may be experiencing a loose fit or denture slipping. This can lead to gum sores, can affect your chewing and your speech, and decrease your confidence when speaking and/or laughing with others. We can help restore your dentures to the correct fit.
Removable partial dentures are composed of a metal framework with plastic teeth and gum areas. The framework includes metal clasps or other attachments, which hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are removed easily for cleaning.
Clasps may be C-shaped, I-shaped, or Y-shaped parts of the denture framework that fit around neighboring natural teeth. These teeth may require shaping to help hold the clasps and keep the denture securely in place.
A precision partial is held in place by a specifically shaped extension that locks into an area on a natural tooth that has been crowned. This ensures that the denture will not slip or come out when speaking or chewing.
An over denture fits on top of natural teeth or dental implants. Many patients suffer with ill fitting and loose dentures that move or even fall out when speaking or eating. One way of solving this problem is to construct a denture that goes over and attaches to something underneath it. Keeping a few natural teeth or placing dental implants in the bone under the denture also helps keep the jaw bone healthy. This avoids much of the natural jaw bone loss often seen after teeth are removed. Traditional over dentures fit over natural teeth. A denture can be made that goes over and attaches to both cuspids.
Implant supported over dentures fit on top of dental implants. A retainer bar, attachment, or retention balls are placed on the implants and special attachments are inserted into the denture to grab onto these retention devices. A new method using mini implants is becoming increasingly popular. Mini implants are very thin, long titanium implants that screw into the jaw bone. They can be placed and old dentures can often be retrofitted to the implant.
AvaDent’s digital platform is ground breaking. There are many benefits to the patient. AvaDent is an easier, faster, and better approach to the making of dentures. It provides security to patients in the form of a permanent digital record of their prosthesis. If the denture is damaged or lost, a replacement can be made almost immediately.
It is sometimes difficult to use to your newly placed dentures. They can feel bulky, loose and awkward. In order to make your adjustment period smoother, here are a few guidelines to follow:
- Wear your dentures all the time after you first receive them.
- Never use adhesives on your dentures unless instructed by Dr Levine.
- When you go to sleep, remember to always remove your dentures.
- Always brush your dentures after removal and store them in a bowl of water. You can soak your dentures in a cleaner as well, but only after you have brushed them.
- If you experience any sore spots, looseness or discomfort, please let Dr. Levine know so he can help.
Never try to adjust your dentures on your own. Each individual will have a different adjustment period, and it will take time for you to become comfortable with your new teeth.
Willamette Valley Prosthodontics is a leading dental office for your restorative dental needs, being the expert prosthodontic center that patients and even other dentists rely on for superior dental care. We have state-of-the-art dental equipment. We offer professional, talented and caring services. Please feel free to call to set up a private consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Levine will assess your condition and educate you on which treatment options are the best under the circumstances. At your consultation, we will discuss your dental health concerns and goals in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We will never pressure, nor do anything that you aren’t completely comfortable with.Request An Appointment Online
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