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When Do You Qualify For Dentures
Why dentures work: Dentures are plastic teeth and plastic gums fitted over the patients natural bone and overlying tissues. The are accurately fitted to replace those lost teeth and supporting bone. The upper largely stays in with a water seal over the spacious hard palate. The lower by good patient muscle control. The upper and lower teeth are set up to work in tandem for swallowing, speech, ; chewing. ...Read more
For? Seriously?: For chewing! Smiling! Speaking! Most patients think that dentures are replacements for teeth. They are not! They are optional treatment for no teeth. They don't work or feel like teeth, they are merely prosthetic replacements that allow the patient to accomplish some of the things that natural teeth do. They are movable, unless fixed by implants and removable unless screw-retained into implants. ...Read more
Lots of variables: There are many different types of dentures available these days. Traditional dentures to those held in with implants. Expectations will be different for each type and each person. See a well qualified dentist for a complete evaluation and consult for what will work best for you. Good luck. ...Read more
Several Reasons: New dentures are made from impressions of your jaws and overlaying mucous membranes. Your mouth changes daily & from morning til night. Some mucosa supporting parts of the dentures are thinner & less tolerant of pressures. Your bite may be off. See your dentist as soon as possible and they will use a pressure indicating paste to see pressure points & they will check the bite & adjust it as needed. ...Read more
Denture tabs.: You can use denture tablets. The way we tell denture patients to keep them clean is by using a denture brush, found at many pharmacies, with dish soap. Make sure you clean them over a sink filled with water in case you drop them. Then rinse and place in a denture cup with water and a bit of mouthwash while you sleep. ...Read more
Many benefits: For those who have no other option dentures can restore a sense of wholeness, well being, esthetics, nourishment, function and normality of facial features such as correcting sunken lips and cheeks. ...Read more
Function: When you lose the function of your teeth because of loose teeth (periodontaly hopeless), and there are no alternatives to a denture that you can afford or do. Most patients after they have a denture built and fitted, can chew and enjoy there food better than eating around many loose, hurting, and non functional teeth. Also the removal of such infected teeth improves your overall health. ...Read more
Service: An "implantable denture" is not a commodity, like a can of soup. It's a service. Cost depends on your individual anatomical requirements, skill and training of the practitioner, number/placement/type of implants, region of the country, materials used in the prosthetic appliance, and so many other factors. Ask your Dentist for advice or referral to specialist (s). ...Read more
Simply: preliminary impressions, final impressions, trial set up and delivery.
It takes years of training and experience to fabricate the right denture. Patient experience, opposing dentition, ridge shape, type of teeth and cusp angulation etc etc etc. A prosthodontist is a specialist to seek an evaluation for dentures. Good luck. ...Read more
Reline / remake: If your dentures no longer fit, then you must see your dentist/prosthodontist to evaluate them. Sometimes they can be relined inside to fit the new tissue contours. Other times you need new ones. The normal life expectancy is 5 - 7 years, often with one reline during that time. After that the teeth wear, the bite shifts, the forces change and you accelerate the bone loss. All affect your function. ...Read more
Lower dentures: Lower dentures are almost worthless for most patients. They don't fit well and flop around. If you have enough bone, consider getting a few dental implants placed that your lower denture can snap into. Most people have little problem with an upper denture fitting well. Ask your dentist and see what your options are. Whatever you do, don't go to a denture mill type dental office. You will regret it ...Read more
Teeth beyond saving: If the teeth cannot be saved, due to advanced periodontal (gum) disease or advanced destruction of tooth structure (for example from caries, injury, developmental deficiencies), then all the remaining teeth may need to be extracted, and, unfortunately, that may even be necessary at 25. Of course, dentures are not the only way to replace missing teeth, and implants are very successful today. ...Read more
Depends: Different offices have different time frames. Some offices have a lab inside the office and can make them very quickly. Others may need to send them out to the labs and have them made. There are different types of dentures also. If you want them done in a certain time frame call around and see who can do them in that time frame. ...Read more
Many types: There are many types of overdenture attachements, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some attathments currently in use are locator attachments, 'o' ring attachments, era attachements, and hader clip attachments. There are many, many more, but your doctor will choose which one is best for you given your prosthetic needs. Keep smiling! ...Read more
Soft foods at first.: Learning to eat with your dentures will take some practice- you should start with soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly. You will always have to be careful of very hard foods and hot food and beverages. Eventually you will be able to eat most anything. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Remember, teeth are removed and dentures are immediately placed. Your gums are healing and shrinking and any pain you experience is from that. In other words your dentures are fixed in size but your gums on which they rest are changing, shrinking. Pain is due to the fact that the dentures need to be cut down as you heal. ...Read more
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