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What is a complete or full denture?

what-is-a-complete-or-full-denture Our teeth help is in chewing, eating, smiling, talking and play a significant role in our facial structure and appearance. But, what would happen if you lost all your teeth? Frightening right? Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Complete or full dentures are prosthetic devices that are provided to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are removable appliances that are supported by the surrounding hard and soft tissues. It is amazing that these complete dentures are supported by underlying bone, gums and soft tissues rather than other teeth, as all of them are missing. The dentures today are manufactured from high-quality resin materials that ensure the individual is wearing comfortable new dentures that restore functionality and aesthetics to the individual wearing it.

How do you know if you need Dentures?

So, how does one know if they need dentures? Well, when you are missing all your teeth and find it difficult to eat food, speak, or are concerned about the aesthetics of the face, you need dentures!

When you visit our Sabka Dentist clinic, the dentist will examine and evaluate the health of your gums and the underlying supporting bone structure to determine if you are the right candidate for complete dentures.

Once your dentist suggests the right type of full dentures for you based on the condition of your alveolar ridges (the bone structure visible in your mouth covered by gums), impressions or measurements are taken of them to make a mould or a cast.
The main need for denture is the loss of the teeth. Generally, it is inexpensive compared to other teeth replacement options.

How Will Dentures Help an Edentulous (having no teeth) Person?

Dentures are very important for persons with missing teeth or completely edentulous arches. Getting dentures help in the following:

– Chewing and Eating: This is the primary function of teeth and replacement of missing teeth with complete denture help in effective chewing and biting.

– Aesthetics: We don’t realise often but our teeth play a very important role in our facial structure, its form, shape and overall aesthetics of the individual. Missing teeth can give a sunken or drooping facial structure, which can be corrected by dentures.

– Speech: Our teeth, along with the tongue and palate, play a crucial role in speech. Many syllables we pronounce require teeth to be present. But, in a person with missing teeth, speech is affected. Dentures, therefore, help restore speech and enable them to pronounce words that contain sibilants and fricatives.

– Self-esteem and confidence: Our smile is intricately linked with our self-esteem. Individuals who have beautiful smiles are often more confident and have high self-esteem.

While losing a tooth or all your teeth can impact your self-esteem, dentures can help boost confidence and restore your self-esteem.

What are the steps taken to make dentures?

The process of getting your complete denture can be a relatively long one as compared to other dental treatments. It is a multi-step procedure that needs multiple sittings.

  • The first step in the fabrication of your new dentures is making a primary impression of the upper and lower ridges. These are used to create a plaster model that resemble your upper and lower teeth-less arches.
  • These models are now used to fabricate customized trays to take the next set of impressions, also called as final impressions.
    Prior to taking the final impression a step called as ‘border moulding’ is done, which helps your dentist record the movements of your cheeks, and other soft tissues to ensure your dentures achieve maximum retention and stability.
  • After border moulding is completed, a final impression is made. This impression is used to prepare a stronger cast on which the final fabrication of your dentures will begin.
  • Since there are no teeth in your mouth, there is no way to determine the relative position of your jaws with each other. To determine this, a jaw relation is taken on wax rims.
  • This jaw relation is used to set your teeth in wax and the adjustments are made by placing these rims in your mouth. Once the bite, the appearance and speech have been adjusted and finalized by the dentist, the dentures are sent for their final fabrication step to the dental laboratory.
  • The finished and polished final dentures arrive and are ready to be delivered to you. It can take a while to get adjusted to your new dentures but the dentists at Sabka Dentist are always available to help you out.

Should you keep dentures in water overnight?

Once you receive your dentures, many people ask “How to clean dentures?” Yes, you must take good care of your dentures, just like you would your natural teeth. Rinse your dentures after every meal to remove any food stuck on them. And brush them once a day to remove any particles or debris that may be retained on them.

When not in use, always keep them in water. Avoid washing or soaking your dentures in very hot water as it can cause warpage and affect its fit.

What is the best way to put dentures in?

Complete dentures are very easy to wear. All you need to do is place them on the alveolar ridge and allow them to settle down before you can use them. In the initial days, it might seem different, and many people suffer from soreness and excessive salivation. However, this improves as one gets used to the dentures.

You can also learn best tips on how to eat with dentures from your dentist who will provide you with instructions on the Dos and Don’ts on wearing and removing your dentures.

How long does the denture making process take?

In normal cases, getting a complete denture takes about 3-4 weeks. In some instances, however, when the patient is in a rush, the process can be hastened.

Will I need to use a Denture Adhesive?

Though dentures take support from the alveolar ridge and achieve stability and retention from them, many people lack good bony ridges for the denture to sit on.

Apart from bony ridges, other factors that improve the fit of a denture are:-

  • The muscular tone of the cheeks
  • Flabbiness of the gums
  • The shape and depth of the ridge
  • Presence of undercuts in the bony ridge
  • The thickness of the gums
  • The shape of the soft palate
  • Muscle attachments

In many people, there is poor retention of dentures and therefore, they are recommended adhesives that help fix their dentures to the tissues temporarily.

These adhesives are available in the form of powders, creams, pads, strips and liquid. You must read the instructions on these products properly before using them. Always consult your dentist before doing so.

After learning all about dentures, we hope your fears and anxieties have been alleviated about getting your own set. If you still have any queries or wish to book an appointment at your nearest Sabka Dentist clinic for complete dentures, connect with us today!

Expert’s Opinions

  • Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director of Sabka dentists says “the denture is an affordable and a good option when you miss more than one tooth. It makes helps perform normal activities”.

  • Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “denture is the affordable thing to everyone”.

  • Dr. Manan Dhulia dental Director of Sabka dentist says “In many options in Dentures one can happily go for the suitable option. It will greatly help the tooth functions”.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best way to clean dentures?

The dentures should be cleaned using a denture cleaning brush and toothpaste / soap water. However, the prosthesis should not be cleaned using any chemical acid cleaners. Dilute solutions of Chlorhexidine, Sodium Perborate and Nystatin can be used to store dentures.

Can you sleep in your dentures?

The patient is advised to avoid nightwear of the prosthesis. The denture should be stored in water or any dilute cleansing solution at night. If the patient wears the denture during sleep, the mucosa does not have any rest to improve its blood supply. This may lead to bone resorption and mucosal degeneration. However, in patients with teeth clenching habit, nightwear may be advised.

What are the different types of dentures?

  1. Complete Denture: A Complete denture is a removable appliance used when all teeth within a jaw have been lost and need to be prosthetically replaced.
  2. Partial Denture:A Removable Partial Denture (RPD) is a denture for a partially edentulous patients who want to have a few missing teeth replaced for functional or aesthetic reasons.
  3. Fixed Partial Denture: Fixed Partial Denture, also known as “Crown & Bridge” Denture, is used to span, or bridge, an edentulous area (space where teeth are missing), usually by connecting to fixed restorations on adjacent teeth. The teeth used to support the bridge are called abutments.The part of the bridge which replaces a missing tooth and attaches to the abutments is known as a “pontic.”
  4. Overdenture: An overdenture is a denture, whose base covers one or more teeth or implants. An overdenture is suited for elderly patients that have lost some teeth but not all, rendering them suitable for a set of full dentures. An overdenture is removable.

How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?

Ideally, a healing period of six months is preferred after tooth extraction and before beginning denture construction. However, a temporary Immediate Denture can be delivered in this phase.

What is an Immediate denture?

An Immediate denture is a removable denture that is constructed for insertion immediately following the removal of natural teeth.

What is better dentures or implants?

Both Dentures and Dental Implants are good options to replace missing teeth.

Dentures are false teeth, which are removable. They are painless, easy and relatively inexpensive. Dentures also mimic natural teeth quite well. They can also restore the mastication and speech of the patient. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of mouth. It will take a minimum of 4 – 5 visits (about 3 – 6 weeks) for complete denture construction.

On the other hand, Dental Implants consist of titanium screws integrated into the jawbone. An abutment connector then connects this screw and crown. Since implants fuse to the jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Unlike dentures, they won’t slip or shift in your mouth while eating and speaking. Another advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold new replacement tooth/teeth in place. Also, to receive implants, one needs to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are paramount to the long-term success of dental implants. However, Implants are more expensive than dentures.The process of getting a dental implant can take several months to complete.

What are flexible dentures?

Most denture bases are made up of acrylic resin (to match the patient’s gums) or chome cobalt metal (to prevent denture from being brittle). However, Flexible Denture bases are made up of nylon, which makes them more adaptable and eliminates the need for denture adhesive or metal clasps. Also, the clear material of Flexible Dentures allows the natural gum colour to show through. They also require less time duration to construct compared to regular dentures.

What to do when you first get dentures?

  • Speak slowly: When you first get dentures, it may be challenging to speak properly initially. Be patient. Practice saying the challenging words loud and speak gradually. If your dentures move around when you laugh or smile, gently bite down and swallow to put them back in place. Check with your dentist if there is a need to adjust the fit.
  • Eat soft foods: Eat food i.e. soft in consistency. Avoid hard and sticky food. When you chew, use both sides of your mouth at the same time. This prevents your dentures from either moving forward or tipping.
  • Use an adhesive Denture adhesives can help the dentures to stay in place. But, denture adhesives should not be used to fix either old or poorly fitting dentures and should generally be avoided. When using an adhesive, follow the instructions carefully. Use only a small amount of it.
  • Make sure your dentures fit:Over time, the ridge contour can change, such that dentures may not fit well. This could be an indication for denture to be adjusted, modified, or replaced by your dentist. Never try to adjust dentures by yourself.
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