Ponte Vedra Beach Dentures Restore Missing Teeth
Our doctors at Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry are thoroughly trained to provide the residents of Ponte Vedra and surrounding communities with a variety of tooth replacement treatments.
There are many reasons for teeth to be missing. There are nearly as many reasons that some teeth that are missing would require replacement. Aside from the obvious reasons like esthetics, there are functional reasons as well. When a single tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth can drift into the opening and the entire bite can be changed. This can be costly and difficult to treat if neglected. Speaking and chewing can also be difficult with missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the sides of the face sag and indent. These indentations can add many years to the way a person looks. Along with implants and bridges, dentures can provide a solution to missing teeth.
Dentures are also a lower cost alternative to implants and can be the chosen procedure for many patients who are missing teeth. Many patients that have been treated with dentures claim they have a better smile, better facial features, and a better self-esteem as a result.
In addition to the esthetic aspects of dentures, there are many other tooth replacement benefits someone with missing teeth can consider. Missing teeth can negatively affect speech patterns, but dentures restore the natural shape of teeth so those proper patterns are restored. Chewing is easier with a full dentition and a reliance on soft foods can be eliminated. Dentures can keep teeth from drifting in the mouth and also spread the forces of mastication over more areas, therefore protecting any remaining teeth.
There are three major categories of dentures and some smaller subcategories as well, including:
Complete dentures are a removable replacement to an entire dental arch. They are constructed of a special denture resin with either resin or porcelain teeth and are designed to replace the normal form and function of either the teeth in the upper jaw or the lower jaw. The complete denture uses the anatomic contours of the mouth, the opposing teeth, and the properties of saliva to stay retained in the mouth. The result can be functional and extremely esthetically pleasing.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are designed to replace missing teeth in a smaller segment of the jaw. Removable partial dentures usually consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, connected by metal framework that holds the denture in its proper orientation in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more healthy and stable natural teeth remain in the mouth. These dentures are retained in the mouth by the anatomic variances of the bone and soft tissue as well as special metal clasps that utilize the remaining teeth as support.
Implant Supported Dentures
With the technological advancements that dental implants have given us, the implant supported denture has become a terrific tool for dentists. These are a type of full denture that is held into place by dental implants instead of resting on the soft tissue like conventional dentures. These dentures can be done several ways. With an overdenture, the denture will snap onto the implant in your jaw similar to how a snap shirt works. The other type of implant supported denture is the hybrid. A hybrid is generally fixed in place with a screw attachment to 4-6 dental implants in each arch. The denture is removed every 6 months for cleaning by your dental hygienist. The result is an extremely secure and retentive replacement for teeth.
Are you thinking about getting dentures to restore your smile? You have much to look forward to. Still, you probably have questions about them. That is why we have compiled this brief list of denture FAQs, along with their answers. If you do not see the information you were hoping for, you are welcome to contact us directly so we can personally address any questions or concerns you have.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Traditional dentures typically last 5 – 8 years before replacement becomes necessary. This is not because the dentures themselves wear out; these prosthetic teeth are quite durable. It is because your jaw will gradually change shape over time. Eventually, there will come a time when the dentures can no longer be adjusted (relined) for a secure, functional fit.
Implant-supported dentures tend to last much longer than their traditional counterparts because the dental implants help the jawbone to maintain its original shape.
How Should I Care for My Dentures?
You should gently brush your dentures at least once a day to remove any food particles or bacteria that might be cleaning to them. You should also soak them overnight, either in water or in a dedicated denture solution. Handling your dentures carefully and using proper eating technique (for example, evenly distributing food on both sides of your mouth) can also help to prevent damage to your prosthetic.
How Often Will I Need to Visit the Dentist?
Even patients who no longer have any of their natural teeth should still visit us at least once or twice a year for a checkup. We’ll examine your gums to make sure they are healthy, answer any questions you have, and take a look at your dentures to see if they need to be repaired, relined, or replaced. We may also perform a quick oral cancer screening.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The cost of your dentures will depend on numerous factors, including the type of denture you receive and the materials used to make it. In addition to the prosthetic itself, you might also have to pay for preparatory treatment (for example, extractions or implant placement surgery). Our team will be sure to give you a candid estimate for the price of your dentures and help you to explore your payment options. In most cases, dental insurance is willing to cover at least a portion of the cost of dentures.
How Can I Adjust to Wearing Dentures?
There is a bit of a learning curve when you first start wearing dentures. After all, they are a foreign object in your mouth. To make the adjustment as easy as possible, practice speaking while wearing your dentures (one way to do so is by reading out loud). You should also stick to eating soft foods when you first start wearing your new teeth. Once you get used to them, you can graduate to harder and tougher foods. You can always call us for advice if you have questions about how to use your dentures.