The loss of your natural teeth can take a toll on many aspects of your life. From the simple task of eating favorite foods to laughing, smiling and speaking with family and friends. Tooth loss can also impact your confidence levels.
At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we understand the toll that tooth loss can take on our patients. We offer denture solutions to meet the needs of these individuals.
What Are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are removable dental appliances, with prosthetic teeth to replace lost or missing natural teeth. The prosthetic teeth are set on an acrylic base that will be supported by your gums and a denture adhesive.
There are two types of dentures that can be removed, partial and complete dentures. They are designed to be removed at the end of your day so that they can be cleaned, and to allow your gums to rest while you are sleeping.
Complete dentures replace the entire arch of lost or extracted teeth. It could be that you are in need of a bottom arch, top arch or both.
Patients who get dentures are able to get an immediate restoration of their smile. This includes functionality and aesthetics.
The Complete Dentures Process
If there are any remaining teeth that cannot be rescued with one or more restorative treatments, they will need to be extracted. Impressions will be taken of the gums, to ensure that your new dentures offer you a correct and comfortable fit. These impressions will be used to fabricate the dentures, which can take up to two weeks to be made.
Complete dentures will be supported by your gums and are typically held in place by suction or by a denture adhesive. Some dentures can be supported by dental implants, but not all patients are suitable candidates for implant-supported dentures. Cost considerations and bone regression can factor into this.
Without natural teeth supporting your jawbone, in time your jaw will begin to alter its shape. The result of this will be that your dentures will not fit as comfortably over time as they did when they were first placed.
When you begin to notice a change in the way that your dentures fit, it is time to return to see our prosthodontist for a new set. Generally speaking, patients are fit for new dentures every five to seven years.
Caring for Dentures
Dentures are very low maintenance, but they do require some care in order to keep them in good shape for many years to come. Dentures are durable and sturdy, to a point. Keep them protected from being accidentally dropped. Get a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture-safe cleaning agent to clean your dentures at the end of each day.
Do not use regular toothpaste, as it is mildly abrasive. This could result in microscopic scratches to the dentures, which could become home to unwanted bacteria.
Soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight, and rinse them well in the morning before placing them back in your mouth.
Call Prosthodontics of Princeton at (609) 924-1975 to schedule your consultation for getting complete dentures.