Tip #1. Soak Your Dentures Every Night Without ExceptionDentures should be soaked at least once per day or evening. This soaking is necessary to eliminate food, bacteria, plaque and other gunk. The soaking should occur with a nonabrasive denture cleanser. Soaking will also help destroy those germs that cause nasty breath.Dentures should be brushed each…
Partial Vs. Full Dentures. What's The Difference?
Dentures are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues.
If you live near Dunwoody and have lost one or more of your adult teeth, there is absolutely no reason missing teeth should cause you to feel self-conscious every time you smile, thus casting a shadow on your social or professional life. As a dentist in Dunwoody I can replace your missing teeth with either partial or full dentures that will not only improve your appearance and smile, but will help you eat and speak more comfortably.
Problems Caused by Missing Teeth
For anyone who loses one or several adult permanent teeth, there is more to worry about than just appearance. Because our teeth form a vital part of the structure of our faces, missing teeth will eventually cause your facial muscles to sag, making one have an older appearance. Difficulty pronouncing certain words is often a problem.
Additionally, missing a tooth can negatively affect chewing certain foods, and thus lead to major changes in one's diet. This can severely affect one's overall health, since foods that are the most difficult to chew, offer the greatest nutritional value. These foods include apples, nuts, and whole grain bread. Softer and foods that are easier to chew tend to offer little nutritional value.
Finally, because our teeth are not quite as securely fixed in our jawbone as we imagine, the teeth on both sides of a gap will, over time, lean in toward the empty space. These crooked teeth are not only harder to keep clean, but can and will affect one's bite, which is how the upper and lower sets of teeth come together. Missing several teeth in a row is a compelling reason to consider getting dentures.
Full Vs. Partial Dentures
Dentures are custom-made in a laboratory from impressions taken of the patient's mouth. However, depending on how many teeth the patient has lost, I will determine what type of denture is most suited to the situation. An ideal candidate is someone who is missing several teeth in a row, but whose oral health is otherwise good. For someone who is missing most or all of their teeth along the dental arch, full dentures may be the right solution. However, if the patient is missing only a few teeth, then a partial denture may be the ideal solution.
The base of a full set of dentures consists of a flesh-colored plastic or acrylic that rests on the gums and is perfectly molded to fit snugly and comfortably. The upper set covers the palate or roof of the mouth. There is a thin layer of saliva between the denture and the gums that form a seal to help anchor the denture, which is why a dry mouth can cause dentures to become loose. Because there has to be sufficient space for the tongue, the lower set is horseshoe-shaped and stays in place by the muscles in the cheek and the tongue.
A partial denture is a plate that has one or more prosthetic teeth. However, if a patient has sufficient and strong natural teeth, a dental bridge can be a useful solution. Bridges connect the gap between two teeth. We can anchor a false tooth to crowns on either side of the gap. However, if the natural teeth are not in sufficiently good condition, we can attach the prosthetic tooth to an implant in the jaw itself. While it is certainly true that dentures take some time to get used to and will never feel the same as your natural teeth, the dentures made today look far more natural-looking and are much more comfortable than those made even a decade ago.
As a dentist in Dunwoody I will not only help you understand the procedure of being fitted for dentures, the breaking in period, and how to take care of your new dentures, but I will also ensure they fit comfortably and snuggly.
When you are missing teeth, it is important to consider how dentures work when compared with other restorations. It can be easy to go with the first dental restoration you hear about, so you do not have to do additional research. However, when it comes to your dental health, you need to take the decision…
Considering getting implant supported dentures to replace your missing teeth? This tooth replacement option offers benefits that other denture types cannot. Read on to learn more about the process.This denture choice is different from other dentures in that it uses dental implants in order to keep the dentures securely in place. This allows wearers to…
When looking for missing teeth solutions, call our office and schedule an appointment. We help patients who have lost their teeth in an accident or due to infection. Losing a tooth can be incredibly embarrassing, regardless of what happened. We understand that and are here to help our patients get their teeth back quickly.We offer…