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For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.
But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.
You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.
Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.
Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.
Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.
You have numerous failing teeth, and you want to improve your appearance and oral function. That's a great goal and at Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Glen Marsack, and his dedicated team help many patients just like you achieve their best smiles with custom-crafted dentures in Waterford. Count on their experience and compassion to give you dentures that help you speak, chew, bite and look as Nature intended.
Tooth loss and its impact
Tooth loss affects millions of Americans. in fact, 36 million people in the United States have no teeth at all, says the American College of Prosthodontists, and many more are missing at least one tooth.
Besides the obvious problems of oral function, facial appearance changes dramatically because of reduced bite height (giving the face a collapsed look) and increased skin wrinkling. Bite changes as gum tissue and jaw bone density deteriorate, and teeth surrounding a smile gap weaken as they move toward the empty sockets.
What you can do
Come to Crescent Lake Dental for a denture consultation. Today's prosthetic teeth are made from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic that looks very real and exhibits excellent durability when cared for properly. Dr. Marsack helps his patients determine which type of denture is best for their needs and preferences.
After a complete examination and X-rays, he takes oral impressions so the dental lab may precisely construct your prosthetic. Whether you opt for conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures in Waterford, Dr. Marsack and his team will ensure you're completely satisfied with the fit, feel, appearance and function of your new teeth.
Types of dentures in Waterford
At Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack offers several denture options. They include:
- Partial dentures made from acrylic and mounted on a metal frame. This prosthetic replaces one or more teeth and is anchored by clasps which attach to remaining natural teeth.
- Full conventional dentures are held in place by the mouth's suction. The dentist places them after extraction sites have healed, ensuring a snug fit.
- Full immediate dentures are placed right after extraction, allowing a patient to have a complete smile right away. However, these dentures must be relined or replaced after the bone and gums heal.
- Implant-supported dentures are anchored by multiple dental implants, titanium devices inserted into the jaw bone for optimal security and retention of gum tissue and bone. This choice guarantees no denture slippage and no need for refitting or denture adhesives.
Could dentures help you?
Find out through a friendly consultation at Crescent Lake Dental. Please contact the office for a convenient appointment with Dr. Marsack. Phone (248) 682-9331.
If you have missing teeth, you may feel as though your smile is beyond repair. However, with dentures, you can rejuvenate your look, giving yourself the ability to easily eat the foods you love and feel confident about your smile. Learn more about dentures and what they can do for your smile with Dr. Glen Marsack at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI.
Are dentures right for me?
Dentures work well for patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth or require extraction of their natural teeth. Patients considering dentures should understand that a strong at-home oral care routine is required to keep their oral tissues, remaining natural teeth, and dentures themselves healthy and clean. Candidates should also be in good oral health and have adequate bone and tissue volume to support the denture within the mouth.
What kinds of dentures can I choose from?
Patients who experience the loss of all of the teeth on an arch benefit best from full dentures. If the patient has one or more remaining healthy natural teeth, partial dentures are their best bet. These dentures fit over the healthy teeth, providing them with the stimulation they require to remain healthy and securing the denture in place. Dentists recommend immediate dentures when patients require the extraction of their natural teeth. Immediate dentures act as a kind of band-aid for the fresh extraction sites and patients can wear their new dentures right out of their extraction appointment. Implant-supported dentures use dental implants surgically placed into the arch of the mouth to hold the denture in place. This process, while longer and more complex than a simple traditional denture, is permanent and keeps the denture inside of the mouth at all times rather than requiring the patient to remove and soak it.
Dentures in Waterford, MI
If you think you can benefit from dentures, you should consult with your dentist to fully understand the process and what it requires from you. For more information on dentures or how they can transform your smile, please contact Dr. Glen Marsack at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI. Call (248) 682-9331 to schedule your consultation for dentures today!
There's no doubt about it — dentures have changed your life. Now you can eat and speak normally, and smile again with confidence. But if you're going to continue to benefit from your dentures, you'll need to take care of them. One of the best things you can do is not sleep with them in.
There are a couple of important reasons why you should take your dentures out when you go to bed. First, dentures tend to compress the bony ridges of the gums that support them. This contributes to the loss of the underlying bone, an occurrence common with missing teeth. Wearing dentures around the clock can accelerate this bone loss, which eventually loosens your denture fit.
Constant denture wearing also contributes to mouth conditions conducive to dental disease. You're more likely to develop tongue and denture plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) that can cause gum inflammation or yeast development. The presence of the latter could also trigger a chronic response from your immune system that might make you more susceptible to other diseases.
Good oral hygiene is just as important with dentures as with natural teeth. Besides removing them at night, you should also take them out and rinse them after eating and brush them at least once a day with a soft tooth brush. And be sure to use regular dish or hand soap (especially antibacterial) or denture cleanser — toothpaste is too abrasive for denture surfaces.
It's also a good habit to store your dentures in water or, better, an alkaline peroxide solution. This will help deter plaque and yeast development. And don't forget the rest of your mouth: brush your tongue and gums with a very soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) or clean them off with a damp cloth.
Taking care of your dentures will ensure two things. You'll lower your risk for disease — and you'll also help extend your dentures' life and fit.