COMPLETE DENTURES

There comes a time when there is no other choice but to extract some or all  of a patient’s lower or upper teeth.

  • While this can be devastating to the patients, again.
  • Having complete dentures help with chewing as well as support one’s facial structure and improve speech and provide a second chance to smile again.

No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured to receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth color.

Advantages

  • Long term experience over the years
  • Relative low cost
  • Predictable results
  • Easy correction of loose dentures
  • Tolerated well by most people
  • Restores missing teeth and lost ridge or gums
  • Function and appearance is restored
  • Aesthetically good where lip and cheek support is inadequate
  • Can be fabricated fairly quickly

Disadvantages

  • Has to be removed daily- not fixed like natural teeth
  • Bulk and initial speech problems due to a large appliance in your mouth
  • Need to reline to fit or wearing out after a period of time
  • Risk of breakage
  • Covering the roof of the mouth which can result in taste problems
  • Looseness as it can only sit atop the gums- especially lowers
  • Only low chewing or biting forces can be produced

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH DENTURES

  • Learning to wear a new denture can take time. Don’t become discouraged if you find some difficulty in the beginning. YOU’RE NOT ALONE!  We will help you through any difficulties you may face or any situations that may arise during your adjustment period.
  • A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture. The tongue may feel restricted and will tend to play, sometimes even subconsciously, with the new prosthesis. It will soon adapt to the restrictions and to the new feeling that a denture presents.
  • It is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort associated with sore spots or ulcers during the adjustment period.
  • Expect to have excessive flow of saliva. At first you will have a feeling of looseness, especially the lower denture. You will adjust to it.
  • Try to eat only soft foods for the first couple of days. Then, as you progress to more solid foods try to eat slowly and deliberately, attempting to place even amounts of food on both sides at the same time during the chewing cycle. By placing food on both sides of the mouth at the same time, you balance the biting forces on the new denture and will help to make it more stable.
  • Try to take small bites at first. Cut all your food into small portions. If, and when, your gum tissues are strong enough to try foods, try to press the food against the back teeth on the upper in order to stabilize the denture.
  • Reading aloud during the first couple of days will go a long way in reducing any minor speech problems which may result from wearing a new denture.
  • We prefer that you leave out both of your dentures at night. This allows your gum tissues to breathe and also relieves them of the constant pressures of mastication. When left out of the mouth, all dentures should be left in water to prevent warpage.
  • An unclean denture is neither healthy nor comfortable, clean you new denture every morning and night with either a denture toothbrush or with one of the commercially available denture cleaners.
  • Gum tissues are in a constant state of change but dentures are not. Therefore, periodic relining of your dentures may be necessary. If you find your denture getting looser and mastication more difficult, this may be a sign that a reline may be needed. Dentures typically need to be relined or remade every 3-5 years.
  • NEVER try to adjust your dentures yourself ! Home remedies, although simple, will only lead to trouble.
  • If any problems arise or if you have any additional questions, we are always available to help to help

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