DENTURES – COMPLETE & PARTIAL
Your teeth work hard every day. Not only do they provide you with a beautiful smile, but they also allow you to eat your favorite foods and speak properly. When you lose your teeth, all of these basic functions become harder, if not impossible. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can help to restore your smile, and the essential functions of your teeth with complete dentures, as well as partial dentures.
CAUSES OF TOOTH LOSS
One of the biggest causes for tooth loss is advanced gum disease. Once your gums become inflamed, they pull away from your teeth, creating space, or pockets. Bacteria then fall below the gum line, and attack your jawbone, along with the periodontal ligaments that support your teeth. This leads to gum recession, loose teeth, and eventually, tooth loss. Other causes of tooth loss include:
- Facial trauma.
- Hormonal changes (often due to age).
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures have been a common restorative option for years. However, they are not the bulky, noticeable appliances they used to be. Dentures are still commonly used today. They consist of false teeth set into an acrylic, gum-colored base. They are designed to be supported by your gums, held in place by suction, and are removable. They can replace a full mouth of missing teeth, or sections of missing teeth.
Complete dentures are designed to replace an entire arch (or whole mouth) of missing teeth. If you have any teeth remaining that are unsalvageable, these teeth are first removed before your dentures are given. Molds are taken of your mouth, which is then used to create your custom dentures.
Partial dentures are made to replace sections of missing teeth, in between healthy teeth. After all, if you have healthy posterarrowteeth remaining, there should be no reason to remove them. Partial dentures fill larger gaps between healthy teeth (when a bridge is not able to be used). They are also made from molds of your mouth. Much like complete dentures, partial dentures are supported by your gums, but they also have metal clasps, which hook onto adjacent teeth, giving further stability.
Dentures are designed to be removed every night for cleaning, and to allow your gums a chance for rest. When posterarrowyou remove them, you should first lay down a towel on the counter, or fill your sink with water, which will provide a cushion in case the dentures fall. Brush your dentures with a soft bristled brush and denture cleaner, or soap and water. Do not use toothpaste. Once your dentures are cleaned, set them in a solution to soak overnight. Then move on to brush your gums, your natural teeth, as well as your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth. In the morning, take care of your mouth again, rinse your dentures and set them in place.
BENEFITS OF DENTURES
Dentures offer several benefits:
- Your ability to eat is restored.
- You can speak normally again, and be understood.
- Dentures restore shape to your face, restoring your youthful appearance.
- Your smile is once again restored, which can help boost your confidence.
If tooth loss has affected your life, dentures may be able to help. Contact National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206 to schedule your appointment!