Dentures: types and advances in implantology at Wellington Point Dental
In recent years, there have been great advances in the field of implantology that have led to an improvement in the quality of life of patients, leaving aside the uncomfortable removable full dentures and winning in safety and aesthetics.
What do we understand by dentures?
By dentures, we understand the removable prosthesis typical of older people who have lost all the teeth of an arch. However, several types of prostheses improve the aesthetics and functionality of our mouth.
Within the prostheses, we must make a first classification distinguishing between partial or complete prostheses.
The dentures partial are those that replace only the missing teeth, retaining part of the teeth that it exists in perfect condition. An example of this would be dental bridges.
On the contrary, complete dentures are those that replace all the dental pieces of an arch.
Also, according to their morphology, we can distinguish between mucosoported or mucodentosoported prostheses.
The prosthetic tissue – borne are we understand as traditional false teeth. They are supported directly on the gum and maxillary bone.
They are indicated in edentulous patients or who have suffered the almost total loss of the teeth of an arch. Thanks to the advances of recent years, its aesthetic is much more realistic.
Although it is the most economical method, it has great deficiencies:
Special care should be taken with what is eaten and avoid, as far as possible, hard or sticky substances that are difficult to chew that threaten the prosthesis.
It requires a period of adaptation to speak properly. It is especially difficult to pronounce some sounds, especially those in which the tongue must rest on the palate or the inside of the teeth.
Its stability is very low, especially that of the one placed in the lower arch. The feeling that the prosthesis is not fixed is very pronounced among people who wear dentures.
These prostheses are fastened thanks to products such as fixing pastes or adhesive strips, although it is true that over time they lose their efficiency and can even alter the taste of food.
Skeletal prostheses – or mucodentosoportadas – replace only missing teeth. They are attached to the teeth that the patient retains through wires that surround the teeth.
How we adapt to a denture at Wellington Point Dental
Initially, it requires an adaptation period. We can take into account a series of recommendations to make this period more bearable such as:
- Try to eat soft and easy to digest foods that do not force us to force chewing.
- The fact of not pronouncing some sounds properly should not make us complex. A good exercise is to read aloud to practice pronunciation and adapt more quickly to the presence of the prosthesis in the mouth.
- If, during the first days, the denture causes us some sore or wound in the mouth, we should see the specialist as soon as possible. It is common for the prosthetic to make some adjustments to the prosthesis so that it fits perfectly in our jaw.
- We will rely on the use of specific adhesives for dentures that ensure their support and prevent the appearance of sores.
- We should not be alarmed if we secrete more saliva than usual, it is a normal symptom until our mouth gets used to the presence of the prosthesis.
- To avoid possible infections, we must pay attention to the hygiene of our prosthesis.
How to clean dentures?
Maintaining good care of your prosthesis is essential to avoid infections and other oral conditions. For this, you must follow a series of guidelines regarding the hygiene of your teeth:
- Wash your prosthesis with neutral soap and a specific nylon bristle brush for this case.
- Insert the prosthesis into a glass of water and add a product indicated for cleaning it. Keep it soaking for as long as the product manufacturer indicates. This way, you will be sure to eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath and inflammation in the gums.
- Rinse the denture with cold water and dry it properly.
Also, we must not forget to maintain good hygiene of our mouth. In case you wear a complete removable prosthesis, brush your gums with a soft bristle brush.
For more info and cost of dentures and treatment please call our caring team:
Wellington Point Dental
7/391 Main Rd, Wellington Point QLD 4160
Ph: 07 3207 3911