If you have been involved in an accident or suffered from a dental disease that has left you with a few teeth or none at all, your cosmetic dentist will recommend you undergo dental implants, use bridges or use dentures to restore your missing teeth. Dr Martos will recommend the most suitable method after reviewing your dental history and determining the strength of your dental structure and jaw bone.
Because dental implants are not only expensive but also involve drilling the jaw bone so as to screw the artificial teeth into position, it’s not meant for everyone. People who do not want dental implants, have weak dental structure, or have advanced age and their jaw bones cannot withstand drilling are likely to use dentures. Dentures are artificial replacement of teeth attached to artificial gum tissues.
There are two types of dentures: partial dentures and complete dentures.
In the event you do not loose all your teeth and your remaining teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, your Prosthodontist will recommend partial dentures for you. Partial dentures are simply a number of artificial teeth held in position by a clasp that properly fits onto adjacent natural teeth.
Also referred to as false teeth, complete dentures are recommended to people who have lost all their natural teeth. They are removable and held in place through suction. Complete dentures are grouped into two: immediate complete dentures and conventional complete dentures. If you have lost a majority of your teeth and will use dentures, your cosmetic dentist will first have to extract all the remaining teeth and broken teeth from your dental sockets. Your gums and dental tissues will have to heal before the dentures are inserted. Your oral surgeon will have a discussion with you on the most suitable complete denture for you to use.
Once you have dentures, it is important to properly care for them so as to increase their longevity and prevent them from spoiling or chipping off. While removing them, stand over a basin of water or folded towel to prevent them from breaking if they fall on the floor. Dentures must be placed in a denture cleansing soaking solution when you are not wearing them. This prevents them from drying out. If you do not have the solution, you can place them in room temperature plain water. Hot water will spoil the dentures. Brush your dentures every day to remove any food remnants and stains. Even though ultra sonic cleaners are regularly used to clean dentures, daily brushing is necessary. Brush your natural teeth, gums, and tongue every day before inserting the dentures. Do not attempt to adjust the dentures as this might result in permanent damage. Consult your denture specialist if they do not properly fit. During the first weeks, it will be advisable to wear your dentures at all times even while sleeping. After you get used to them, your dentures specialist will advise you to remove them during the night so as to allow your gum tissues to rest. To ensure you get the most suitable dentures, it is advisable to consult a professional and reputable denture specialist.
We will find the most suitable option and you will look your best. Dr. Martos is the most experienced dental professional in the Miami area. Please call us at 305-448-3896.