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Dentures provide an excellent way to restore your smile if you've lost all or most of your teeth. Choosing the best dentures for your needs can be overwhelming if you're not familiar with the various types available. Dentist Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental offers several types of dentures in his Lehi, UT, office.
Your dentist will discuss denture options during your visit to his Lehi office and recommend types that will work for your situation. Denture choices include:
- Full Dentures: Most people picture full dentures when they think about dentures. The removable restorations consist of a row of artificial teeth attached to a pink base that resembles gum tissue. Full dentures are worn after your mouth has healed completely from a tooth extraction. They may need to be rebased or relined occasionally, due to natural changes that occur in your mouth after tooth loss.
- Immediate Dentures: There's no waiting period involved with immediate dentures. They're placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are extracted. If you choose immediate dentures, you'll never need to go through a toothless period while your mouth heals. Immediate dentures also reduce bleeding after extractions and make speaking easier. Your immediate dentures will need to be relined after your mouth heals completely or replaced with full dentures.
- Partial Dentures: If you still have some remaining teeth, your dentist may recommend partial dentures. The removable dentures are held in place by small connectors that clasp over teeth on either end of the gap in your mouth.
- Overdentures: Do you have a few tooth remnants in your mouth? If the roots of these teeth are strong and healthy, your dentist may recommend overdentures, a restoration designed to fit over broken teeth. Keeping your roots intact will help you avoid bone loss in your jaw, a common problem after you lose your teeth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures offer improved comfort and better biting power than other types of dentures. They're supported by dental implants, titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. Implant-supported dentures may be connected directly to implants or attached to a metal framework connected to the implants.
Restore your smile with dentures. Call Lehi, UT, dentist Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344 to schedule your appointment.
If you have tooth loss, you might be a candidate for dentures. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or suffer from total tooth loss, dentures can help you achieve normal tooth functioning once again. Dr. David Gordon, your experienced dentist in Lehi, UT, can help you determine if dentures are right for you.
Tooth Loss and Dentures
Many people mistakenly believe that the loss of just a few teeth does not necessarily call for dentures since they still have the majority of their natural teeth. However, if you are already missing teeth, your remaining teeth are at greater risk of needing to be replaced someday. More strain is put on them daily as they compensate for the missing teeth when chewing, for instance. By filling in for any missing teeth, dentures take some of the strain off of your remaining natural teeth, which can help them last longer.
Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
The Academy of General Dentistry reports that gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting as many as three out of four adults at some point. Poor oral hygiene can result in the development of gum disease, which puts you at risk of tooth loss. As gum disease progresses, teeth might fall out on their own or require extraction by a dental professional. Your Lehi dentist will likely replace your missing teeth with dentures.
Signs of gum disease include inflamed gums that are red and swollen and bleed when brushing or flossing. Teeth that have either become loose or shifted out of place can also be a sign of advanced stage gum disease. Again, this can lead to tooth loss and the need for dentures. Toothaches are another sign of potential tooth loss. Major aches often signal tooth decay that, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss.
Preventing Tooth Loss
According to a survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of adults over age 65 have had their teeth all removed at some point. Removal can be due to excessive tooth decay that is beyond repair. When the natural teeth are removed, dentures are needed to continue normal functioning.
The best way to prevent tooth loss or removal, is by practicing good oral hygiene daily and by visiting the dentist every six months. Dentists are trained to identify potential problems and correct them before they result in extensive tooth decay or gum disease.
If you have experienced tooth loss, dentures can help you regain normal tooth functioning. To find out whether or not you need dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon, your Lehi, UT dentist, by calling Gordon Family Dental at (801) 766-6344.
One of a person's most valuable assets is their smile. However, bright, attractive teeth not only make your smile look good, but they play important role in the support and function of the entire face. When multiple teeth or all teeth are lost due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, full or partial dentures can bring a smile back to a great, natural look. Also, dentures help retain a more youthful appearance and function to lips, cheeks and facial muscles. Dentures that fit well help the individual eat and speak normally.
Kinds of dentures
The dentist evaluates the patient's mouth to determine if dentures are a viable option and also what kind of dentures are appropriate. The American Dental Association (ADA) states there are 3 kinds of dentures:
- conventional, a complete denture which fits snugly over the gum tissue and jaw bone
- immediate, a denture which is placed directly after tooth extraction
- over denture, a denture which is anchored by remaining natural teeth or by dental implants
The denture procedure
The dentist takes an impression of the patient's jaw and sends it to a dental lab where a skilled technician creates a resin and metal denture, according to the doctor's instructions and the model of the individual's mouth. Immediate dentures are often replaced or relined after the patient's mouth heals completely after tooth extraction. Some denture options are specially crafted to stimulate the jaw, helping prevent bone loss.
The dentist checks the new denture for correct fit and assures that the top and bottom teeth bite together properly. The patient can expect a period of adjustment while the ligaments and muscles of the face "learn" how to chew and speak clearly with the new appliances. This break-in period is relatively short, and patients return to the dentist for follow-up on any issues with fit or sore spots.
Dental hygiene continues to be important as patients must brush or soak their dentures with denture cleanser and also brush lips, gums, tongue and other oral structures to prevent infection, stimulate circulation, eliminate bad breath and reduce plaque. Check-ups should be as the dentist recommends.
Dentures support the face
When individuals lose teeth, they lose facial structure as well. The alveolar bone, or part of the jaw bone which accommodates the tooth sockets, recedes after tooth loss. As time goes on, the face sags and the area around the mouth wrinkles and has a sunken appearance.
Quality, well-fitting dentures alleviate these issues. Patients find that they have great-looking smiles and that their facial features are more youthful because of the support dentures provide.
Gordon Family Dental PC
David Gordon DMD is the Lehi, Utah dentist with the experience to answer your questions about dentures and how they can support the look and function of your face and smile. Dr. Gordon and his staff work to maintain the highest level of expertise to provide you with excellent dental services in a relaxed and caring atmosphere. Call his office today: 801-766-6344.
- Clean your dentures daily. Remember to brush your dentures daily in the same way you would brush your own teeth. However, there is one key difference: Skip the toothpaste. Many commercial types of toothpaste can be damaging to your dentures, which is why Dr. Gordon recommends a soft-bristle denture brush that is designed specifically for cleaning dentures. Be careful not to bend any attachments and make sure to rinse your dentures with water after every meal.
- Protect Your Dentures in Lehi. When handling your dentures, Dr. Gordon recommends filling the sink with water or placing a folded towel in the sink so you don’t break them if they should fall into the sink. And if your dentures have metal attachments, be careful of the cleaning solutions you use because some solutions can cause the metal to tarnish.
- Remove Your Dentures Every Night. By removing your dentures at night, it allows your gum tissue beneath the dentures to rest. Wearing your dentures throughout the day can rub against your gums, so taking them out at night will help.
Everyone knows that George Washington wore false teeth. Quick, now, what were our first President's dentures made of?
Did you say wood? Along with the cherry tree, that's one of the most persistent myths about the father of our country. In fact, Washington had several sets of dentures — made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, and animal teeth, among other things — but none of them were made of wood.
Washington's dental troubles were well documented, and likely caused some discomfort through much of his life. He began losing teeth at the age of 22, and had only one natural tooth remaining when he took office. (He lost that one before finishing his first term.) Portraits painted several years apart show scars on his cheeks and a decreasing distance between his nose and chin, indicating persistent dental problems.
Dentistry has come a long way in the two-and-a-half centuries since Washington began losing his teeth. Yet edentulism — the complete loss of all permanent teeth — remains a major public health issue. Did you know that 26% of U.S. adults between 65 and 74 years of age have no natural teeth remaining?
Tooth loss leads to loss of the underlying bone in the jaw, making a person seem older and more severe-looking (just look at those later portraits of Washington). But the problems associated with lost teeth aren't limited to cosmetic flaws. Individuals lacking teeth sometimes have trouble getting adequate nutrition, and may be at increased risk for systemic health disorders.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of ways that the problem of tooth loss can be overcome. One of the most common is still — you guessed it — removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are well-designed and properly fitted offer an attractive and practical replacement when the natural teeth can't be saved. Working together with you, our office can provide a set of dentures that feel, fit, and function normally — and look great too.
There are also some state-of-the art methods that can make wearing dentures an even better experience. For example, to increase stability and comfort, the whole lower denture can be supported with just two dental implants placed in the lower jaw. This is referred to as an implant supported overdenture. This approach eliminates the need for dental adhesives, and many people find it boosts their confidence as well.
If you have questions about dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Removable Full Dentures” and “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”