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JOURNEY FROM NO TEETH TO BEAUTIFUL TEETH

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

WHY YOU NEED DENTURE?

Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. So it is always good to get the missing teeth replaced

YOU MAY THEREFORE NEED EITHER:

1. COMPLETE DENTURES (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or

2. PARTIAL DENTURES – which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth

Procedure :

DENTURE FABRICATION USUALLY TAKES AROUND 4 TO 5 VISITS SPREAD OVER A PERIOD OF 2-3 WEEKS.

FIRST VISIT :

After check up the primary impression is taken.

SECOND VISIT :

Final impression is taken for better fit and grip of the denture.

THIRD VISIT :

Bite is recorded.

Red colored wax with a plate is used to measure the lip fullness, smile and other aesthetic features of your face. It also helps in placing of artificial teeth placement. The shade and size of your teeth to be replaced is decided.

FOURTH VISIT :

Trial is done.

It is actually a temporary version of how your permanent denture would fit and look like. If the temporary denture is to your and our satisfaction then it is send to the lab for making of permanent denture.

FINAL VISIT :

The permanent denture is given to you and few adjustments if necessary are made.New dentures takes a little time getting used to and don’t expect them to feel like natural teeth.If you are uncomfortable with your new denture make an appointment and visit us.

IMMEDIATE DENTURES

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after extraction. That means, patient will not be without teeth for even a day after extraction.The only disadvantage they have is that they become slightly lose after the gums heal and need relining.

OVER DENTURES

IMPLANT SUPPORTED OVER DENTURES

An implant-supported denture is a type of over denture that is supported by and attached to implants. It has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

– In first visit, the implants will be placed. Several months will pass to let the jawbone grow in around the implants, creating a sturdy foundation for your over denture. During this period you can wear your dentures.

-In the second phase, a connecting device is attached to the implants and the over denture will attach to this.

The care for over dentures is very much similar to your normal denture. You should remove an implant-supported or tooth supported over denture daily to clean the denture and gum area.

TOOTH SUPPORTED OVER DENTURES

Over dentures are dentures which derive their support from one or more abutment teeth by completely enveloping them beneath the fitting surface.

CAST PARTIAL DENTURE

A cast partial denture consists of a metal framework for retention, combined with tissue colored acrylic and replacement teeth. These dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH DENTURES

1. FOOD SELECTION: Use soft food initially like chapatti/bread soaked with milk, cooked cereals, mashed  soft cooked vegetables, and potatoes. Avoid Food that needs incision like meats, Raw vegetables & avoid sticky food until experience has been gained.

2. INCISION/BITING: Insert for biting at the corners of mouth i.e. angle of mouth & use canine-premolar  area. Push food back as it is incised.

3. CHEWING:Cut food into small pieces. Try to chew with some food on both sides at the same time to stabilize the denture. Be        PATIENT&PRACTICE.

4. SALIVARY FLOW: Mostly there is increase in flow of saliva when a new denture is worn.

 5. SPEAKING:

– Speak slowly.

– Practice by reading a little bit loud at home, preferably in front of a mirror.

– Repeat and practice words that seem the most difficult.

6. SNEEZING/COUGHING/ :There is always loss of retention during these moments, so always cover the mouth

7. YAWNING: with hand or handkerchief.

8. DENTURE HYGIENE:Clean regularly after each meal by rinsing under running water. Brush the denture daily before sleeping.

– Grasp Denture in palm of hands securely, but without squeezing pressure because denture can be broken.

– Hold the denture low in sink in which has been placed a towel, wash cloth or rubber mat spread over the bottom to serve as a cushion, if accidentally denture drops or the sink should be partially filled with water.

– Apply water, non-abrasive soap & soft brush to all area of the denture. Then rinse thoroughly.

9. PRECAUTIONS RELATED:

-Plastic resin Is easily abraded. Scratches made by overzealous brushing make a rough surface & these

10. TO BRUSHING:

– surfaces become more subject to the collection of debris & calculus.    

– Danger of dropping & breaking the denture is increased when it is soaped, wet & therefore slippery

11. MUCOSA:

– Rinsing: Each time the denture is removed, the mouth should be rinsed with water. Before sleeping

– It is very important to rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water with a pinch of salt added to it.

– Massage: Massage the mucosa for stimulation of circulation & increased resistance to trauma. Place Thumb & index finger over the ridge & apply massage with a press & release stroke. The palate should be rubbed with the ball of the thumb.

– Rest: Tissues need to rest each day. It is preferable to leave the denture out while sleeping.

12. STORAGE OF DENTURE: Store dentures in water in a covered container & replace its water everyday. Usually, your mouth will have a few

13. SORE SPOTS: “sore spots” after wearing the denture/partial for 24 hours. These areas can be relieved with very little effort during your next appointment. Massaging and stimulating those tissues will reduce the incidence of inflammation and sore sports.

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