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Complete Dentures

Teeth replacement with Full/Complete Dentures

Types of Dentures:

In severe cases when all of the teeth are removed from your mouth, you will require a complete denture to replace the missing teeth. The replicated dentures can never act like natural teeth, as they are not rooted in your gums as your original teeth once were. The removal of all of your teeth brings about a number of problems. After the extractions, the changes in your jaw, bone and gums will continue for the rest of your life. Therefore, you need to understand your denture and the changes occurring in your mouth to become properly adjusted to it.

Bone shrinkage

Complete dentures rest on the gums that are after the extraction, nothing but the ridges of bones. These ridges have to hold the dentures in place. When the teeth are extracted, the jawbones start shrinking; this is known as resorption. This process cannot be stopped and it will continue throughout your life. This process is also unpredictable and varies from person to person.

Upper Denture vs. Lower Denture

Upper dentures are quite stable as they have some space on the jaw bones. Therefore, upper dentures remain stable and cause less problems.

Lower dentures are the ones that will have the most problems. The speed of shrinking is more in the case of the lower jaw. The lower jaw is naturally smaller than the upper jaw, therefore there is less space on its gum ridges where the denture will rest. The presence of the tongue and its movement prevents the lower denture from staying fixed in one place at all times. If it is consistently moving around, it will eventually lose its shape and will not fit properly in your mouth.

How often do you need to change your denture?

It depends on the changes occurring in your mouth. The denture remains the same but the changes occurring in your mouth may make it uncomfortable over time. It is suggested that after every year you should get it checked and whenever you have any problems discuss them with your dentist immediately.

Advantages of complete dentures

  • It will help your bite and you will be able to chew food. The artificial teeth cannot be a replacement of the natural teeth; however, they can make up for some of the lost capabilities
  • Without teeth, speech becomes distorted. With the help of a complete denture, you will be able to speak properly again
  • Aesthetics. Most people are not comfortable being seen without teeth. A complete denture will give you back your lost smile and confidence!

Securing Your Complete Dentures

Unfortunately, the loss of bone can causes many headaches and problems further down the road. Luckily, if you decide to have dental implants with your dentures (called overdentures), they will be securely held in place, and the implants will stop any future bone resorption (as they fuse with the jaw bone).

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