Partial Dentures in Thousand Oaks
Benefits Of having Dentures
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. What’s more, dentures will help you eat and speak more comfortably — things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
Adjusting to New Dentures May Take Time
Over time, your denture will need to be relined, remade or rebased as a result of normal wear. Rebasing requires making a new base, while keeping the existing denture teeth. As you age, your mouth naturally changes shape. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.
Here are tips to help you care for dentures:
When handling dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
Don't let dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
Brushing dentures daily will remove food and dental plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque. See your dentist if dentures break, chip, crack, or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair.
A conventional full denture is made and placed in a patient's mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Dentures are a great way to restore your smile if you're missing teeth, but sometimes changes to the gums and bone result in an improper fit over time. Snap-on dentures are tooth replacement options that are more stable and reliable than conventional dentures. For natural-looking teeth and confidence that there won't be any embarrassing slips these removable dentures could be a great option for you.
Types of Dentures
Snap-on dentures, also called implant-supported dentures or overdentures, are held in place not just by the gums, but by either a few remaining teeth or by Implants. According to the American Dental Association, the three types of dentures are immediate, conventional and overdentures.
Immediate dentures are placed after remaining teeth are removed to provide a temporary denture while the gums are healing and adjusting.
Conventional dentures are permanent dentures that t fit once the gums have fully healed. The replacement teeth are held in place by the gums.
Overdentures attach to a few remaining teeth or more frequently implants. To fit implant-supported overdentures. The denture snaps onto extensions that protrude from the gums.
Fitting an Implant-Supported Denture
The procedure to fit implant-supported dentures involves dental surgery and may take up to six months to complete, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). To fit Snap-On dentures, an oral surgeon or periodontist will perform a surgical procedure to insert implants into the jawbone. The implants look like small, metal cylinders or screws. Over the next two to six months, the bone grows around the implants and they become firmly embedded. During this time, the patient can wear immediate dentures.
Many patients undergo a second surgery, in which the dentist attaches a locator to the implants. These locators protrude from the gums and serve as the bases for the dentures. After approximately a two-week healing period, the denture can be attached to the locators. Some locators allow the patient to snap the dentures on and off, and others permanently fix the replacement teeth to the implants.
Partial dentures are an excellent solution for restoring your smile. Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, this removable dental appliance can significantly improve your smile and oral health. The latest dental advances allow Dr. Fathi and her team to design the perfect partial denture to meet your smile makeover needs.
What to Expect
As with any removable dental appliance, Dr. Fathi will help you understand the best practices when using your partial dentures. Based on your cosmetic dental needs, our team will design a custom partial denture. Some patients require their dentures connect with a metal framework or a more natural-looking option such as precision attachments that attach to their natural teeth.
Once your partial denture is in place, it may feel bulky or unnatural, which is natural in the beginning. After instructions from your dentist, you should be able to insert your denture into place easily. However, if it is challenging to insert or you notice sores in the placement area, it is essential to contact your Dr. Fathi to resolve the issue.
Though partial dentures take some time to get used to using, most patients find it is easier to chew and some noticeable improvements in their speech. With proper care, you can also improve your overall oral health.
Proper Partial Denture Care
After receiving your partial denture, Dr. Fathi will provide you with best practices to ensure the longevity of your denture and your oral health. Possible care recommendations include:
- Using denture cleansers with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Cleaning your denture over a towel to protect it from breaking if dropped.
- Daily brushing with a soft brush toothbrush or denture brush without toothpaste to remove any debris and to prevent permanent staining
- Soaking dentures overnight to maintain their shape
- Always rinse your partial denture before placing it in your mouth
Partial Dentures Consultation
If you are missing a tooth, contact Dr. Fathi to schedule a consultation to find out if partial dentures are right for you.