Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are placed in the mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and all tissues are healed. After the extraction process, there is a 6-8 week healing period before we can initiate the fabrication of the permanent denture.
During this first 6 weeks post-extractions, there are dramatic changes in the architecture of the bone and gums. While patients will have to be without a permanent denture during the healing period, we can consider fabrication of an immediate denture.
Overdentures/Implant Supported Denture
Overdentures are complete dentures that rest on top of the gums, attached by implants. This option is removable by a dentist and is actually one of the most practical options available for patients who need to replace multiple teeth. With this type of denture you don?t have to worry about the dreaded clicking sound of loose dentures. READ MORE
How to Maintain Dentures:
Real or fake, taking care of your teeth is important. Removable and permanent dentures are cared for differently and understanding how to care for yours is essential for their longevity. Over time, the architecture of the bone & gums will change, and more so in areas without teeth. These changes can cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. This may warrant the need to reline, rebase, or remake the denture. This is why, as part of your care, regular check-ups are always necessary. Here are tips to help you care for dentures:
- DENTURES ARE FRAGILE! When handling dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
- DON'T LET DENTURES DRY OUT! Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water with a drop of clorox when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
- BRUSHING DENTURES DAILY! This will remove food and dental plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
- KEEP TEETH & GUMS HEALTHY & CLEAN! Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- CONTACT US IF YOUR DENTURE BREAKS/CHIPS! See your dentist if dentures break, chip, crack, or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself ? this can damage them beyond repair.
- DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR CHECK-UPS! Whether its is some teeth or no teeth, we want to make sure there are no signs of pathology and no need for any additional treatment.
If you are ever unsure about how to care for your dentures, feel free to contact Dr. Kumar with any questions.