Common Misconceptions About Dentures

Common Misconceptions About DenturesFixed and Removable Dentures

Dentures have become increasingly common over the past several decades. Whether they are full or partial sets, nearly 20 million Americans currently wear dentures. Many people are unaware however of all of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding them. One of the most common assumptions about dentures is that they are permanent. While it may seem that they are built to last forever, dentures are susceptible to chipping or cracking due to the plastic and acrylic materials they are made of. Additionally, dentures wear overtime which can eventually lead to an unnatural appearance and/or loss of function such as chewing and speaking. 

This leads to the next misconception; that dentist visits are unnecessary after getting dentures. It is just as important to schedule regular dentist visits with dentures as it is with natural teeth. A dental exam ensures a healthy mouth overall including the jaw, gums, tongue and cheeks. Dentures can have an impact on these other areas of the mouth which can lead to long-term dental health problems. Similarly, many of the issues and serious health risks associated with dentures and dental health lead back to proper care and cleaning. It may seem that dentures are less susceptible to dental issues because they are not attached to the gums. When exposed to food particles, bacteria and plaque however, dentures pose the same harmful risks to overall health as our natural teeth. Our mouths offer the perfect environment for which bacteria can grow and fester. Dentures that are not properly cleaned are susceptible to sticky layers of bacteria called biofilms. Biofilms, if left untreated may lead to serious illness such as infection like staph or pneumonia.

Finally, many people do not attempt to consult a dentist about dentures out of fear they are too expensive and unsure about proper denture care. Dentures are often a far more affordable tooth replacement option than other alternatives such as dental implants, bridges and crowns. In-house or other Financing is also available through many dental health providers. 

For those interested yet unsure about the decision to obtain dentures, the best plan of action is to schedule a professional consultation. Any questions, concerns or misconceptions may be answered prior to making a decision. 

What are Partial Dentures?

What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are a dental appliance that helps to replace missing teeth. They are generally natural looking and can aid in the appearance of one’s smile as well as the overall function of the mouth. There are two types of partial dentures: acrylic and metal and full acrylic. Partial’s which are made from acrylic and metal are generally stronger and more natural looking than those which are full acrylic. However, full acrylic dentures are generally a bit less expensive than those made with metal, making them an option for those who are budget conscious.

What Are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?

Outside of the improvement in a smile, a partial denture can help to preserve the structure of the mouth, which can begin to shift over time when teeth are missing, as well as soft tissue, which often begins to recede in the absence of bone structure. Partial dentures also tend to be more palatable than other forms of oral corrective devices, such as implants, and they are less expensive as well.

Will Using Partial Dentures Require a Lot of Time and Maintenance?

Partial denture maintenance is relatively simple and does not require a lot of time. To maintain the structural soundness of the partial daily cleaning is required and it is recommended that it is placed in water every night before bed. This will keep the partial lubricated and prevent any damage caused by teeth grinding, etc. during the night.

If you are missing teeth and would like to restore your smile, partial dentures may be the right option for you. They are low maintenance, non-invasive and less expensive than other tooth replacement options.  There are denture misconceptions, but If you are looking to improve the quality of your bite or simply regain your smile confidence, it’s worth it to talk to your dentist about partial denture options.

Types of Dentures

Types of Dentures

Before opting to purchase dentures, it is important to have a basic knowledge of the purposes of dentures and what having one means. Dentures are an alternative to teeth when they or the tissues in your mouth are missing. While a lack of teeth may make one feel more self-conscious or less confident about one’s appearance, having dentures may serve as an assurance that there is no reason to feel that way. They can improve one’s quality of life by boosting one’s physical appearance and solving any problems in the process of mastication resulting from not having enough teeth. 

Dentures are also long lasting as compared to teeth which eventually rot as you age. They support facial muscles and structure, eventually improving speech as well. Whatever the situation, dentures have numerous advantages and can prove to be cost-effective as well. Before you go about purchasing one, however, it is vital to have knowledge of the various types of dentures.

There are two main types of dentures: partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used only in the case when one or more of your natural teeth still remain on either the upper or lower part of the mouth. The denture contains replacement teeth connected to a colored base matching the color of your gums. This base is sometimes attached to a metal framework to hold the denture in your mouth. There are bridges that crown already existing teeth and replace missing ones. The bridge is cemented into place and thus has a more natural look for anyone not looking for something discreet.

Complete dentures have two subdivisions: conventional and intermediate. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. However, intermediate dentures can be placed as soon as the teeth become removed. This gives the individual the benefit of not being toothless during the healing period. While this seems more viable, the positioning and size of bones and gum shrink during the healing process meaning that intermediate dentures require more adjustments to hold them in place.