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DENTURES

Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you need to replace them?
Dental dentures are the most suitable option for you in such cases. Dentures are the removable prosthetic appliances consisting of artificial teeth and gums to replace your missing teeth. These dentures are custom made and molded to fit the patient’s mouth. They can be easily inserted and removed according to your need. You don’t need to worry, a denture looks and feels natural.

Why you need dentures?

When you are missing natural teeth, dentures not only improve the appearance of your smile but have a number of other benefits too.
Dentures provide you benefits such as;
1. Support your lips and cheeks.
2. Makes it easy for you to chew and bite food.
3. Replace your missing teeth and prevent severe damage.
Now you can smile and speak like ever before even after you’ve lost your natural teeth.

What are the dentures made up?

Artificial teeth in dentures are made up porcelain or acrylic resin.
Porcelain teeth wear off much quicker so they are not preferred and replaced with acrylic resin in modern dentistry.
These teeth are often not suitable for dentures opposing natural teeth so in such cases acrylic or plastic teeth are used.
The supporting structures of dentures. base plate or what commonly mimics your gums is made up of resin or polymer material.

Types of dentures

PARTIAL DENTURES

These dentures are used when some of your natural teeth are missing but the remaining natural teeth are weak and unable to support structures such as dental bridges. Cast partial dentures are made up of a combination of metal and acrylic which gives them strength.
Such dentures rest on the metal framework attached to your natural teeth.
Some partial dentures are entirely made up of acrylic but are less durable.
Partial dentures are less invasive and also less expensive as compared to other alternatives to replace missing teeth.

COMPLETE DENTURE

These dentures are used to replace all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw. They are held in place along your gum by suction or oral adhesive.
Just like partial dentures, they can easily be inserted and removed from the mouth.
Complete dentures can be of two types:
1. Conventional Dentures: These dentures are not placed immediately after extraction. Instead, your dentist will let your tissues heal before the dentures are inserted.
2. Immediate Dentures: These dentures are placed immediately after the removal of remaining teeth to promote excessive healing. Such dentures need to be relined several times because, during healing of gums, denture loosens its fitting.

Overdentures

Over dentures are the partial or complete dentures that are placed on the underlying tooth structures or dental implants. These dentures reduce the jaw bone shrinkage and redirect forces and pressure in the mouth, helping the dentures stay stable.
For patients with dental-related conditions, such
as cleft palate, oligodontia(absence of numerous teeth) or malocclusion, overdentures may be useful.
The main feature setting the overdenture apart from a traditional denture is that it gains support and stability from dental implants.

Implant Supported Dentures

As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are attached to the dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent fixture that can be anchored to your jaw bone and is used to replace several teeth. Such dentures are more common in the lower jaw because your upper jaw may have denture fit issues.
Implant-supported dentures are a great option for individuals who are seeking an affordable option to significantly improve their ability to chew and smile. These dentures can prove to be beneficial as they preserve your bone and gum tissues. Moreover, they function more like normal teeth and are easy to remove like other dentures.

Care For Dentures

How to clean your dentures?

Regardless of what kind of denture you have, dentures need to be cleaned just like your natural teeth. Plaque buildup and bacteria residing on your dentures can harm your teeth and gums.
Remove your dentures from the mouth, place them under running water. Brush all over the denture with a denture brush using a mild denture cleanser. Make sure you don’t use a normal toothpaste as it can be damage the denture base.

After care for dentures

1. Remove and wash dentures after every meal
2. Clean the denture with a mild cleanser and rinse them properly
3. Remove dentures before sleeping and soak them in water overnight.

Adjusting to new dentures

Getting used to wearing dentures can take a little time. Having a new dental appliance always feels strange at the start.
As new dentures settle in, you may experience some irritation and soreness for the first few days. This is pretty normal and subsides with time. Your salivary flow is increased for the first few days in response to the new denture. In the beginning, eating with the new dentures seems difficult and needs practice.
Start with the soft food so that your muscles and tongue get used to it. Make sure you eat from both sides and avoid very hot foods because you may sense temperature changes very easily in the beginning. Talking with the new dentures also needs practice. Your dentist may ask you to speak after inserting the dentist to check if the denture dislodges during the speaking.
Once your mouth gets used to the denture, it will be easy and convenient for you to speak while wearing them. If you notice any clicking or dislodging after a few days, contact your dentist. Remember, adapting to the new dentures need patience.
Don’t panic, be patient!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an OPG?

An OPG (Orthopantomagram) is a panoramic dental X-ray of the upper and lower jaw. It is also known by the proprietary name Panorex or Orthopantomagraph. It is a flattened two-dimensional view of a mouth from ear to ear. Panoramic x-rays allow images of multiple angles to be taken to make up the composite panoramic image, where the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) are in the viewed area. The structures that are outside the viewed area are blurred. At the start of your dental treatment, our dentist will likely take an OPG.
An OPG shows the number, position, and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted through the gum. It is different from the small close up x-rays that our dentists take of individual teeth. It shows less fine detail, but a much broader area of view. This can be particularly useful to check hard to see areas like wisdom teeth or the development of a child’s jaw and teeth

Should I be worried about Radiations?

This is the concern of many patients that come to Zia Dental Care. The amount of radiation patients exposed to is minimal. Patients at our clinic are provided with all the possible protection which includes patients wearing a lead-lined apron to cover the body other than the face to protect it from exposure to radiation. We try our best that you only receive x-rays when necessary so as to avoid undue risk.

What does Dental X-rays show?

Because they offer detailed views of bone, teeth and supporting oral tissue, X-rays allow dentists to:
• Identification of cavities
• Complete view of tooth roots
• Assessment of the health of bone around the teeth
• Identify periodontal diseases
• Evaluation of the status of developing teeth
• Identify tumors within oral tissue

Are dental X-Rays safe for kids?

Children are generally most susceptible to getting cavities, dental X-rays may often be recommended at every six-month appointment. That said, some kids may need scans less frequently (every two or three years) if their teeth and gums are healthy. The good news for kids’ oral health is that dental X-rays are safer now than they have ever been. Many dentists now use digital X-rays that give off 80% less radiation than film X-rays.

Why are dental X-ray important?

Dental X-ray is a very important diagnostic tool. A physical dental examination of your mouth only gives a limited view of your oral health to our dentist.
Dental X-ray is used in combination with a physical examination to diagnose your dental problems. Dental X-ray provides our dentist the ability to see between your teeth, below the gum line, and your tooth root. If our dentist diagnoses any issue with your oral health by checking your scans, they can readily recommend the treatment plan according to your dental problem.

Why do I need different types of X-rays?

There are different types of dental x-rays, each with different purposes and benefits. Our patients may need different types of x-rays to create a complete assessment of their oral health.
Bitewing x-rays are the most common, and they are so-called because of the plastic wing you bite on to hold the film in place while the x-ray is taken. This type of x-ray shows molars and bicuspids, where cavities are most likely to form.
There is also a periapical x-ray that shows an entire tooth all the way to the root. OPG which is panoramic x-rays that display the entire mouth, including both jaws; and a variety of other x-rays with specific purposes. Occlusal x-ray provides a visual of the floor or roof of the mouth to highlight children’s tooth development

Is Dental X-ray safe in pregnancy?

Research has confirmed that dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women and as well as for their baby. Other research has also shown that it’s safe for pregnant women to undergo dental treatment with local anesthetics. That said, you should always consult our dentist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you get a dental X-Ray.

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