Dentures


Tooth loss has a serious impact on your life, affecting your oral health, your appearance, and your quality of life. Eating and speaking, things that you once did with ease, become more challenging. The difficulty with chewing not only limits the foods you can eat, but it can also cause your nutrition to suffer. Trouble speaking can make it harder to communicate. With your smile affected, your confidence plummets. If you have any healthy teeth remaining in the affected jaw, they can shift out of alignment, throwing off your bite and causing other serious complications. Missing teeth need to be replaced. Mark Romanelli DDS can help with dentures.

What are Dentures?


Dentures have been in use for centuries as a treatment for replacing missing teeth. Many advances have been made over the years to improve their reliability, their comfort, and their appearance. The dentures of today are vastly different from earlier versions, though the premise is still the same. False teeth are set into a base that sits directly on your gums. Today, the base is a gum-colored and made of acrylic. The teeth are typically made of acrylic resin. The teeth can be designed to look just like natural teeth. The base can be colored to blend in with your natural gum tissue. Dentures are made from impressions of your mouth, providing a perfect fit for your mouth.

Types of Dentures


There are two types of dentures.
•  Full Dentures. A full denture is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth or an arch that has no healthy teeth remaining. It can be used to replace the teeth from your upper jaw or your lower jaw. If there are unhealthy teeth remaining, these teeth are first removed before having impressions taken. The base is set on your gums, which provide the prosthetic with support, and is held in place by suction.
•  Partial dentures. A partial denture is used to replace sections of missing teeth when the remaining teeth are still healthy. There is no reason to extract perfectly healthy teeth. The base is supported by your gums, just like a full denture. Partial dentures also have metal clasps, which hook on to your healthy teeth, to provide additional support.


Denture Care


mature woman with beautiful dentures in Atascadero, CA Dentures do require some extra care. Every night, they need to be removed and cleaned thoroughly, and then left to soak overnight while you sleep. Before you begin, it is recommended that you place a towel on your counter or fill your sink with water in case the dentures fall. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste. Rinse them thoroughly and place them in a denture cleaning solution. Then you should brush your gums, along with any remaining healthy teeth. In the morning, after brushing your gums and teeth again, rinse your dentures thoroughly and set them into place.

Pros and Cons of Dentures


There are several benefits that come with dentures.
•  They restore the functions of your missing teeth, making it easier to eat and speak.
•  When you can chew properly, your digestion is improved.
•  They restore the appearance of your smile.

There are also disadvantages to dentures as well.
•  They require significant care, which can become tedious.
•  They may slip out of place, which can cause embarrassing situations, as well as sores.
•  They cannot stop bone loss in your jaw, which means that your jaw continues to change shape. Eventually, your dentures will no longer fit properly and will need to be replaced. Replacement is needed, typically once every seven years.

Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the health of your mouth, your smile, and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Mark Romanelli DDS today at (805) 468-4659.

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