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					From the office of:
Nguyet Kha, DDS
Lenox Dental
http://www.lenoxdental.com
                                                                                                      I    Fact Sheet Dentures I




Filling In
What are dentures?
                                                                                               dentist will provide instructions about how
                                                                                               long you should wear them. After the
                                                                                               initial adjustment period, your dentist may
                                                                                               tell you to remove the dentures before
                                                                                               you go to sleep. Research has shown that
A denture is a removable replacement for                                                       removing the dentures for at least eight
missing teeth and the tissues connected                                                        hours during the day or night allows the
to those teeth. It is made of acrylic plastic                                                  gums to rest and permits normal stimula-
and sometimes porcelain and metal                                                              tion and cleaning of the mouth by the
materials. A denture closely resembles                                                         tongue and saliva. This removal promotes
natural gum tissue and teeth. Complete                                                         better long-term health of the gums.
dentures replace all of the teeth, while
partial dentures fill in the spaces created                                                    How do I care for my dentures?
by missing teeth and prevent other teeth                                                       •	 Denture	adhesives	may	be	recom-
from shifting position. Complete dentures                                                         mended, especially for the first-time
are “immediate” or “conventional.” An                                                             denture wearer. Adhesives may
immediate denture is a complete denture                                                           improve the retention and stability
or partial denture that is inserted on the       Dentures are not just for                        of dentures for those with minimal
same day, immediately following the                                                               bone support or small ridges. Stability
removal of the natural teeth. The immedi-        elderly patients. Patients                       of the denture will help the wearer’s
ate denture acts as a Band-Aid to protect        of any age may lose some                         confidence.
the tissues and reduce bleeding after                                                          •	 Remove	and	brush	the	denture	daily	
tooth extraction. The conventional den-
                                                 or all of their teeth and                        with a denture cleanser and a brush
ture is ready for placement in the mouth         may require a denture of                         (one specifically designed for cleaning
about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have
been removed and the gum tissue has
                                                 some sort.                                       dentures or a soft toothbrush).
                                                                                               •	 Avoid	using	boiling	water	to	sterilize	
healed. However, some dentists may                                                                the denture, because hot water can
recommend more time before placing a             diagnosis; the making of an impression           cause the denture to lose its shape.
conventional denture.                            and wax bite to determine the dimen-          •	 If	you	wear	a	partial	denture,	remove	it	
                                                 sions and proper jaw position; a “try-in”        before brushing your natural teeth.
Who needs dentures?                              to ensure proper color, shape, and fit;       •	 When	you’re	not	wearing	the	denture,	
A partial denture is for people who              placement of the final denture; and any          soak it in denture cleanser or water.
still have some of their natural teeth.          minor adjustments.                            •	 To	avoid	misplacing	your	denture,	store	
Dentures are not just for elderly patients.                                                       it in the same place after removal.
Patients of any age may lose some or all         How do dentures feel?
of their teeth and may require a denture         Dentures may feel awkward and loose           Are there alternatives to
of some sort. Because teeth are a perma-         at first because your cheek and tongue        dentures?
nent part of the body, tooth loss can have       muscles must learn to keep them in place.     Dental implants are a possible alterna-
an emotional impact on some people. It           Speech also may be temporarily, but mildly,   tive to dentures. Implants are artificial
is important to talk to your dentist about       affected. There also may be some minor        tooth roots that are surgically anchored
any fears, anxiety, or other emotions you        irritation or soreness. Saliva flow may       into your jaw to hold a replacement
are feeling about tooth loss.                    increase for a short time. As your mouth      tooth or bridge in place. Implants and
                                                 becomes accustomed to the dentures,           bridges may resemble the “feel” of real
How do you get dentures?                         however, these problems subside.              teeth, but they may be more expensive
The denture process lasts about one                                                            than dentures. Not all patients are good
month. Typically, five or more appoint-          How long should I wear my                     candidates for implants, so be sure to talk
ments are needed to complete the                 dentures?                                     to your dentist about which treatment
process. The process includes the initial        If your dentures are removable, your          option is best for you.



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