Dentures: Know A Little More

I am sure that you are all familiar with dentures, and when you think of them you think of your grandparents teeth in a glass. Maybe you remember the commercials with the paste and bond getting everywhere except where it is supposed to be. There are new and innovative ways for the dentures to not only look real but to be a more permanent stable solution.

The denture that is most common or more seen across the board is the full denture:

The full denture is a removable prosthetic and resembles real teeth. This option is used to replace teeth or when the patient is lacking teeth. A full denture is supported by soft and hard tissue, and is held in place by the muscles and fit of the denture. Conventional denture wearers often have bite issues that will arise such as; lack of bite force for food items such as corn on the cob, even steak. Just think your natural teeth have the bite force of 200lbs vs 50lbs that the denture provides.

For some patients that are not in need of the full denture there is a partial denture, it is mainly for the patient who has some teeth remaining, or just may be looking for functionality or just the aesthetics. A partial denture is a solution when a bridge may not work due to lack of teeth to support the bridge or financial reasons. It is easy to remove and can be removed and replaced by the patient at home.

The third option is a more stabilized solution, it is the implant denture. The implant denture is the closest thing to real, natural teeth that you can find. You will find this is most common in patients with significant bone loss or who want the convenience and functionality of a stabilized prosthetic. An implant is adhered to the jaw line with small screws that are placed into the jawbone and acts as the root to help stabilize and support the denture.

The last technique is a treatment concept that will provide same-day replacement of the upper/lower set of teeth. This is called All-on-4. This procedure is for the patient who has significant bone loss where a conventional dental implant will not work because of the vertical screw used to hold it in place. These four screws are placed at an angle of 30-45 degrees in the back of the mouth and two implants in the front, to allow the bridge or denture put in place to hold better. The All-on-4 name comes from the concept of a dental prosthesis of 12 teeth across the jaw line with four titanium implants.

There are a few myths out there about dentures and here are the facts to the top myths out there.

  1. Once I have dentures I never have to go to the dentist anymore. You will still need to see your dentist annually to adjust your dentures and so that you can be examined to avoid any serious problems that may occur.
  2. I will never be able to bite into an apple or corn on the cob again. It may take time to get adjusted to the type of dentures that you have, however you will be able to enjoy that apple soon enough. Just remember when eating with dentures you will just need to slow your pace of food consumption, chew slower and evenly throughout the mouth pending the type of denture in place.
  3. I will be fine with no teeth. Unfortunately, you need teeth to chew and break down your food. Swallowing large bites of food will put a strain on the digestive track and lead to major issues internally if not properly broken down.

Please contact our office today for a free consultation 571-419-6897. Our team will enlighten you and make sure that you leave completely knowledgeable and ready to make the right decision about your dentures.


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