Dentures

Woodland Park Dental
Dr. Caesar Hearne

Dentures are also a daunting subject for people to address. It may be humiliating for certain people to speak with friends and relatives about their dental health, and for these purposes, dentures can even be polluted in the thoughts with a negative stigma.

However, dentures are a standard part of many people’s lives, and when you are equipped with the correct information, you will be sure that you are making the appropriate choices about your dental wellbeing.

Dentures aim to maximize a person’s quality of life by an enhanced appearance, decreased or avoided discomfort, and the regained desire to consume the foods they love.

Although receiving dentures may be a massive advantage for certain people, several factors may restrict the effectiveness of dentures.

Here are a few things to understand.

Gum Shrinkage

When teeth protrude from the gums are lost, the only bone that remains is the natural jawline.

Dentures must fit snugly against the bony ridges that once held the teeth. When tooth decay or tooth erosion happens, the resorption mechanism also occurs. Resorption is when bone deteriorates or atrophies, resulting in a decrease in the amount of existing bone. Dentures that do not match correctly are primarily due to this shrinkage.

LOWER RIDGE SHAPES

Smooth gum ridges are suitable for providing a secure match for dentures. However, certain ridges often deteriorate, and the form changes. Completely smooth or narrow v-shaped ridges complicate the process of achieving a comfortable denture fit. Additionally, excessively bony gums can trigger discomfort, while fleshy gums can result in excessive denture movement.

PALATE SHAPES

The suction of the upper dentures to the gums is affected by the form of the palate. Shapes that are square or rounded are preferable to those that are flat or v-shaped. Certain palate extremes can often trigger additional problems or irritation.

POTENTIAL LOWER DENTURE PROBLEMS

Lower dentures are exposed to much greater movement owing to the jaw’s mobility and the tendency of the tongue, lips, and cheeks to displace dentures.

Additionally, the lower ridge that connects the denture to the gums is up to four times thinner than the upper ridge, causing the dentures to stick and seal less effectively.

Certain patients must alter any of their habitual behaviors to wear lower dentures effectively. Many people insert their tongue on or under lower jaw dental appliances.

Many people insert their tongue on or under lower jaw dental appliances.

When the tongue is rubbed against or under the denture, it may quickly dislodge, requiring replacement in the mouth. Holding the lower denture in position during the day requires minimizing movement around it.

HOW LONG SHOULD DENTURES LAST?

Many patients think their dentures can last their whole lives, but since dentures can deteriorate with time due to usage and maintenance, they should be tested regularly. While the denture’s foundation does typically not shift, our gums may change due to additional bone atrophy or wear, causing the denture to fit improperly over time.

Although there is no clear and quick guideline on how long a denture can work, it should be replaced once the alignment becomes loose or painful. Annual visits can allow for minor modifications to the denture’s fit; however, eventually, replacement is the only alternative.

OVERVIEW

Denture patients also struggle with the choice to buy dentures. However, the immediate results of dentures are primarily favorable. People develop the trust to go out in public without becoming self-conscious, which improves their quality of life. Please call us today to explore your choices if you are considering dentures.

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