Few Words About Dentures

When do you need dentures?

If you have lost a tooth or even all of your teeth, dentures become the replacement for them and help improve both your look and health. Thanks to dentures, you can eat and speak as if you have your own natural teeth. As teeth, apart from the obvious functions, play an important role in supporting facial muscles, some unwanted changes in the shape of your face can be another consequence of losing them. Dentures can fill all the gaps in your set of teeth and help restore your appearance.

What are the types?

  • Conventional – this is a full and removable denture. In order to place it all your teeth must be removed and tissues healed – thus, the whole process may take a few months.
  • Immediate – in this case you do not have to wait for your denture until the wounds are healed, it is placed immediately after the teeth are removed. However, after the healing period, you may need to visit your dentist again to have your denture relined or remade.
  • Overdenture – here some of your natural teeth may not be removed (they only need some preparation) so as to become the support for the denture and preservation for your jawbone.


Problems

Some problems with your denture in the beginning are normal. You need some time to get used to the new “thing” in your mouth, which can be a bit irritating. You may experience increased saliva production and trouble with feeling of loosen dentures, which disappears when your tongue and muscles get used to the new situation. You should visit your dentist if the problems seem to last too long and you cannot feel any improvement. Of course, apart from this, you need to contact your dentist just to control the new dentures.

How should I treat my new teeth?

Proper hygiene is necessary even if you have the full denture. Remember about brushing your gums, tongue and the rest of your mouth each time you insert the denture. Stimulating the circulation in your tissues and removing plaque is very important.

It would be a good idea to treat your dentures as your natural teeth. They also need to be cleaned from any food remainings and plaque. Here we suggest a procedure for keeping your dentures in the right condition.

  1. Before you start brushing, rinse your dentures.
  2. To brush it use a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste, which will prevent scratching.
  3. Brush not only your dentures, but also the whole oral cavity. It is very important for your breath.
  4. When not used, dentures should be kept in water to avoid warping.
  5. It can happen that you may need some adhesive. There is a wide choice of them so you can buy any form you prefer – cream, strips, pads, liquids or powder. If you have any problems with choosing the best option for you, contact your dentist.
  6. Finally, to keep your mouth and dentures in good condition, remember about regular checkups!

Dental Implants


What are dental implants?

A dental implant is the invention of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, an orthopedic surgeon from Sweden. The great invention, and a turning point in oral medicine at the same time, took place in 1952.

Nowadays, dental implants have become the standard treatment for patients with missing teeth. In short, a dental implant is some kind of an attachment fixed in the jawbone, which fuses with the bone after a period of a few months.

The implant becomes the substitute of the missing root, which provides a foundation for an artificial tooth or a bridge. This way of replacing a natural tooth offers good stability of the artificial one and does not affect the natural teeth situated next to it.

Dental implants are made of titanium in most cases so that the process of osseointegration  – dental implant and jawbone fusion – is possible.

By using this material, the risk of rejection by the body which recognizes the implant as a foreign object is minimized. The successful integration of the replaced tooth with the bone guarantees great comfort of usage and desirable esthetics at the same time.

After many years of improvements in the area, the effectiveness of the treatment have significantly increased. At present, as much as almost 98% of dental implant placements are successful.

Who needs dental implants?

This kind of treatment is recommended in the case of losing a single tooth, as well as a few or even all of the teeth. Its purpose is to help patients recover both the teeth function and nice esthetics.

Of course dental implants are not the only solution to the problem, there are also other possibilities available. In general, patients with missing teeth have three options to choose between:

  1. Removable dental appliance – full or partial denture.
  2. Fixed dental bridge.
  3. Dental implants.

In order to decide which of the options would be the most recommendable and convenient for a certain person, a few main factors need to be taken into consideration. In the case of dental implants these would be:

  1. Missing tooth/teeth location.
  2. Condition of the patient’s jawbone where the implant would be attached.
  3. Patient’s general health.
  4. Price that patient can afford
  5. Patient’s own choice.

The necessary procedure of qualifying patients for dental implants demands an examination of a dental surgeon who checks the individual patient’s conditions  and decides whether he or she can receive this kind of treatment or not.

Undeniably, the dental implant option is very advantageous as compared with the other available ways of treatment for missing teeth. Thanks to the integration with the jawbone, it is really comfortable and solid, which gives the feeling of having your own natural teeth. Dental implants do not influence the neighboring natural teeth negatively. Furthermore, what is really important, they are adjusted to them in such a way that the artificial teeth do not stand out from the healthy remaining ones. Therefore, by choosing dental implants, patients gain both good quality and look.