Teeth Replacement

I Need Some Replacement Teeth – What Is a Non-Invasive Treatment?

Before we start elaborating on possible treatments, we do need to address the term “non-invasive”. When you want permanent replacement teeth, you may have to choose a dental implant treatment, which is of a surgical nature and does include risks, as is the case with every surgical procedure. Of course, there is also an alternative – dentures. But what is the difference between the two and how do you determine what is best for you? Let us take at dentures and compare them to another option – dental implants.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, but are not of a permanent nature. When someone wears a denture, they need to take the denture in and out of their mouth when needed. For most people, this takes some getting used to.

There are currently two types of dentures: the full denture and the partial denture. To find the right denture for your needs, the dentist will evaluate how many teeth will need replacing and what the cost will be for the patient in question.

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What Is a Conventional Full Denture?

The conventional full denture is probably one of the best known types of dentures in dentistry today. The conventional full denture is used when all remaining teeth have been removed from the patient, and after the tissues of the mouth has healed. In most cases, it will take several months before the patient can get their conventional full denture. During that time, the patient will not have any teeth and may experience a decrease in the functioning of the mouth.

What Is an Intermediate Full Denture?

The intermediate full denture is inserted right after the removal of the remaining teeth. To ensure a good fit, the dentist will take measurements and make models of the jaw of the patient before the actual removal of teeth and fitting of the immediate full denture takes place.

One of the reasons why patients choose the intermediate full denture is that they do not have to go without teeth for several months after the removal of teeth. However, patients with an intermediate full denture will have to visit the dentist again after a couple of month to reline the denture, since the bone supporting the denture will reshape during the healing process; this can cause the denture to become loose.

What Is a Partial Denture?

The partial denture can be described as a combination of metal framework and replacement teeth, which will be attached to your natural teeth. Some dentists may also place a partial denture with crowns, which will be placed on the natural teeth. Therefore, partial dentures can be seen as an alternative for bridges.

What Maintenance Do Dentures Need?

Dentures will need to be maintained by the patient, but also by the dentist, considering that dentures need to be relined, remade or rebased over time. Also, the mouth tends to change with the natural ageing process, so dentures may need adjusting over time so the dentures do not get too loose.

There are certain things patients can do to prevent their dentures from premature wear and tear. Here is an overview of how to prevent your dentures from breaking, or how to prevent premature wear and tear:

  • When you are handling your dentures, be sure to stand over a folded towel or a clean bowl of water. Your dentures may break when they are dropped on the floor, so try to prevent this at all cost.
  • Dentures drying out could also cause damage. To prevent this from occurring, make sure you place your dentures in a cleansing soaking solution when you are not wearing them, for example overnight. However, never put your dentures in hot water, since this may also cause damage to them.
  • Be sure to treat your dentures as you would treat your normal teeth. Make sure you brush your dentures daily to remove food residue and plaque. Cleaning your dentures will also prevent them from discolouring or staining. In some cases, patients can also use an ultrasonic cleaner. However, if you use the ultrasonic cleaner, you still need to brush the dentures on a daily basis.
  • Do not forget to brush the places in your mouth that may accumulate bacteria and plaques, for example the gums, tongue and palate. Use a soft-bristled brush and clean thoroughly before you put the dentures in. By doing so, you do not only avoid getting problems such as gum disease, but you also help to stimulate blood circulation to tissues and promote the removal of plaque in general.
  • If you suspect your dentures are damaged, or if you feel your dentures are no longer fitting right, be sure to contact your dentist right away for an appointment. Also, regularly check your dentures for common signs of damage; this includes chips, breaks and cracks.

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jaw. Once inserted, they form the foundation for the replacement teeth, which will be fastened to the dental implants through abutments. To take advantage of such a procedure, patients must have sufficient jawbone and be in good health.

Under the various dental implant procedures available today, patients can also choose the All-On-4 dental implants, a procedure used for patients with little jawbone volume. The All-On-4 technique is also executed by an oral surgeon, but not every oral surgeon can implement these All-On-4 dental implants, since oral surgeons need to have specific training in the field of All-On-4 procedures before they are able to execute this procedure. The same applies to dentists and oral technicians that will be involved during the All-On-4 implementation process.

Conclusion

Finding the right teeth replacement solution for a patient is always a cooperation between the dentist and the patient in question. Do not be afraid to answer questions and always convey any concerns you have regarding a particular teeth replacement option.

 

 

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