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People who’ve lost all their teeth have benefitted from a solution that’s been around for generations: removable dentures. These appliances have helped millions of people chew and eat food, speak, and smile confidently.
But for all their benefits (including affordability) there’s still some things you need to do to get the most out of them like cleaning them daily or having us check them regularly for damage and wear. And, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do: wear them around the clock. Not removing them when you sleep at night can harm your oral health and reduce your dentures’ longevity.
Dentures are fitted to rest on the gums and the bony ridges that once held your natural teeth. This exerts pressure on the underlying bone that can cause it to gradually dissolve (resorb). This loss in bone volume eventually loosens your denture’s fit. If you’re wearing them all the time, the process progresses faster than if you took them out each night.
The under surfaces of dentures are also a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Besides unpleasant odors and irritation, these microorganisms are also the primary cause for dental disease. Research has found that people who sleep in their dentures have higher occurrences of plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants that cause periodontal (gum) disease. They’re also more prone to higher levels of yeast and the protein interleukin-6 in the blood, which can trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.
To avoid these and other unpleasant outcomes, you should develop a few important habits: remove and rinse your dentures after eating; brush them at least once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap or a denture cleanser (not toothpaste, which can be too abrasive); and take them out when you sleep and place them in water or an alkaline peroxide-based solution.
Be sure you also brush your gums and tongue with an extra soft toothbrush (not your denture brush) or wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth. This will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.
Taking these steps, especially removing dentures while you sleep, will greatly enhance your well-being. Your dentures will last longer and your mouth will be healthier.
Is it time for you to get dentures? While many people feel discouraged at the idea of getting full or partial dentures, or even innovative implant-supported dentures, artificial teeth can help you overcome the pain, embarrassment and systemic health problems associated with failing dentition. Your dentist, Dr. Steve Yi, at El Paso Viva Dental understands your concerns and will help you make a fully informed decision about achieving your best smile.
Reasons for getting dentures
Despite the availability of modern dental care and the many preventive, restorative and cosmetic services offered, tooth loss remains a fact of life in the United States and around the world. In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists states that a full 36 million Americans have no teeth at all.
Being edentulous--either completely or partially--impacts just about every aspect of life. From impaired biting, chewing and digestion to prematurely aged facial appearance, the effects of missing teeth are catastrophic. Even the loss of one tooth escalates gum and bone deterioration, tooth migration, reduction in bite height and skin and muscle sagging in the face. These problems make a good case for tooth replacement with dentures, and it's where your dentist in El Paso can help.
Treatment with dentures
It begins with an oral examination and X-rays with your dentist at El Paso Viva Dental. Oral impressions give the dental lab an imprint of your mouth so the technician can accurately fabricate a try-on denture. When you and your dentist feel satisfied with the appliance's appearance, bite and fit, the lab will mold your denture with tooth- and gum-colored acrylic and metal (as needed).
Types of dentures
Dentures come in many different forms--each individually crafted to suit a patient's oral health needs, facial appearance and personal choices. At El Paso Viva Dental, Dr. Yi and his staff offer:
- Partial dentures which fill smile gaps caused by limited tooth loss (they anchor to remaining teeth)
- Full immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction (they must be relined or remade after a few months for proper fit)
- Full conventional dentures (placed after gums and bone are completely healed)
- Overdentures (anchored either on natural teeth or implants)
For your best smile
Dr. Yi will guide you through the tooth replacement process. He works hard to achieve your complete satisfaction and comfort in all aspects of your dental care, including fitting you with an excellent denture. Find out more about dentures at a one-on-one consultation at El Paso Viva Dental. Call today for an appointment: (915) 751-1007.
Dentures can replace your missing teeth and breathe new life into both your smile and your overall appearance. However, choosing the best type of denture for you may require some help from your dentist. Understanding your options fully is key in making an informed and logical decision for your treatment options. Find out more about the types of dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Steve Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX.
Types of Dentures
- Full Denture: This is the type of denture you probably picture first in your mind. Full dentures are made from an entire arch of prosthetic teeth and fit into place in the mouth on top of the gums. Full dentures stay in place using suction or gravity and do not stay permanently in the mouth. Patients should remove their denture to clean and soak it while sleeping.
- Partial Denture: A partial denture uses remaining teeth to anchor into place. The denture’s customized design allows it to fit over the healthy teeth, seamlessly bringing the prosthetic and natural teeth together to form a single, full smile.
- Immediate Denture: Immediate dentures benefit patients who have to undergo extraction procedures prior to wearing their dentures. Immediate dentures act as a type of bandage for the fresh extraction sites, protecting them as they heal and allowing the patient to enjoy their new, full smile on the same day as their extraction appointment.
- Implant-Supported Denture: Implant-supported dentures use a full denture to replace the entire arch of teeth. However, rather than using suction or gravity to stay in place, your dentist will place permanent dental implants throughout the arch, providing a sturdy foundation on which your dentures can fit. Implant-supported dentures are mostly non-removable and patients should care for them as they would their own teeth, with twice daily brushing and flossing at least once.
Anyone at average risk for dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular preventative dental examinations and cleanings. For more information on dentures or which type would best suit your situation, please contact Dr. Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX. Call (915) 751-1007 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Yi today!
Many people still think of dentures as something of an old-fashioned treatment of last resort, reserved exclusively for older people suffering from tooth loss. But technological advancements and upgrades have made dentures more comfortable and natural looking than ever, and there is a range of options designed for all types and degrees of tooth loss, making them one of the most durable and reliable solutions for replacing missing teeth.
The most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal (gum) disease. While it is more common among older men and women and generally considered a disease of aging, everyone is susceptible to gum disease and tooth loss. More and more patients in their 30s and 40s are being diagnosed with gum disease, putting them at risk for losing teeth well before retirement age. Dr. Steve Yi of El Paso Viva Dental offers several types of dentures for every situation.
The first step is to schedule a comprehensive dental exam, where Dr. Yi will evaluate the health of the gums and teeth. Dentures are designed to fit securely over the gums, so a mold of the gums and upper and lower palette is taken in order to get a custom fit. Prosthetic teeth are then designed to closely match the color and texture of natural teeth.
Immediate dentures are a temporary option that patients can wear while their gums heal from extractions or until their custom dentures are ready.
Types of Dentures
Conventional full dentures - conform to the gums and ridge bone to closely match the fit and feel of natural teeth
Implant-supported overdentures - attach to a few dental implants for a more secure and permanent fit
Transitional partial dentures - temporary and affordable option for gums healing from oral surgery or until the permanent pair is completed
Removable partial dentures - metal based alternative to plastic dentures
Find a Dentist in El Paso
To learn more about denture options and to find the style that is best for you, contact El Paso Viva Dental by calling (915) 751-1007 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Yi today.