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When you lose teeth, you really suffer. The change in oral function, those smile gaps, an aged facial appearance--they're beyond discouraging. They're truly devastating. Would you like to get your back? You can with state-of-the-art dentures from San Bernardino, CA, dentist, Dr. Sanjay Patel. He and his team of caring professionals will design and precision-fit you with beautiful and lifelike dentures that also are long-lasting.
What happens with tooth loss
Your facial appearance and function change when you lose one or more teeth. Bone and gums recede, compromising how you bite, chew, and speak. What dentists call bite height shrinks, making you look much older than you are. Additionally, some people develop teeth grinding issues and TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a painful condition affecting the jaw joint.
What can you do
If you are missing teeth already, or if you anticipate extractions due to decay, gum disease, or other problems, see Dr. Patel about dentures. In his San Bernardino office, he'll examine your teeth and gums carefully and take digital X-rays and oral impressions. From there, he'll formulate a treatment plan outlining your denture options.
What Dr. Patel delivers
The American College of Prosthodontists states that the most common kinds of dentures are:
- Partial, made of one, two, or more acrylic teeth mounted on a light metal frame. Held in place via clasps attached to remaining natural teeth, a partial denture fills smile gaps and facilitates natural biting and chewing.
- Complete, or full, replacing an entire arch of teeth. Made of natural-looking acrylic, complete dentures rest right on the gums and bone. Well-fitted, these San Bernardino dentures rarely require denture adhesive. Additionally, if you qualify, Dr. Patel may stabilize these dentures with titanium dental implants inserted right into the jaw bone for maximum security.
- Immediate, placed right after tooth extraction. These full dentures speed extraction site healing and allow the patient to leave the dental office with a complete smile. However, most immediate dentures require eventual relining or even replacement as gums and bone shrink.
What's best for you
Dr. Patel will create your best tooth replacement option. Call his office team in San Bernardino, CA, today for a consultation on dentures: (888) 599-7005. You can get your smile back again!
Multiple missing teeth take a toll on more than just your eating or speaking habits. Facial muscles sag, causing an abnormal appearance. For those ashamed of their gaps, face to face conversations may be awkward or embarrassing. Luckily, dentures can replace your missing teeth and give new life to your smile.
What kind of dentures are available?
Dentures come in a variety of styles, suitable for most situations. They include:
- Complete dentures: Complete dentures are recommended for patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth. In cases where all the teeth on both arches are missing, your dentist prescribes a set of upper and lower complete dentures. The dentures rest on the gums and are usually secured by suction to the tissues in your mouth. Since every mouth is different, dentures are custom-made, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit.
- Partial dentures: In situations where most of the teeth are missing, but several healthy natural teeth remain, teeth-supported partial dentures fill in the gaps. A hole which the natural teeth fit through secures the denture in place and decreases the chance of it moving or sliding. When a row of teeth is missing with natural teeth around it, the denture secures to the teeth around it using metal clasps.
- Implant-secured dentures: Utilizing dental implant technology, a post is surgically placed into the jawbone below the gum tissue. This post integrates into the bone and becomes a sturdy foundation for the denture to attach to.
- Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures eliminate the need for patients who have all or most of their teeth extracted to go without teeth during the healing process. Immediate dentures are designed based off a mold taken of the teeth prior to extraction. This allows the dentures to be ready to wear immediately after an extraction appointment.
Dentures should be removed and soaked in a denture cleaning solution nightly. Clean your dentures using denture cleaner and a denture brush immediately after eating to reduce the chance of bacteria forming. Brush the gums and other oral tissues and any remaining natural teeth after removing your dentures. Before replacing your dentures, be sure to rinse them with fresh water.
For more information on dentures in the San Bernardino, CA area, please contact Dr. Sanjay Patel, DDS at My Dentist. Call (888) 599-7005 to schedule your appointment today!
For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.
But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.
You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.
Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.
Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.
Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.
Maybe you don’t like to be without teeth — ever. Or maybe you get a little forgetful sometimes. Whatever the reason, if you’re wearing your dentures to bed at night, we have one message for you: Please stop!
Sleeping in dentures can have serious health consequences. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that nursing home residents who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 times more likely to be hospitalized or even die of pneumonia as those who did not sleep in dentures. But how can wearing dentures at night more than double your chances of getting a lung infection?
As the study noted, pneumonia-causing bacteria can readily be moved from the mouth to the lungs simply by breathing. And dentures that are not removed at night can become breeding grounds for all kind of bacteria and fungi (such as yeast). That’s what makes them potentially dangerous.
Another condition often seen in people who wear upper dentures continually is called denture stomatitis, which is characterized by a red, inflamed palate (roof of the mouth) that has been infected with yeast. The yeast microorganisms can also infect cracked corners of the mouth, a condition known as angular cheilitis. Moreover, it has also been shown that people who sleep in dentures have higher blood levels of a protein called interleukin 6, which indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Need we go on?
Wearing dentures is supposed to improve your quality of life, not reduce it. So promote good health by taking your dentures out at night, and sticking to a good daily oral hygiene routine:
- Remove and rinse your dentures after every meal.
- Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush or denture brush and dish soap, liquid antibacterial soap, or denture cleanser (but don’t use toothpaste — it is too abrasive).
- Store your dentures in water or a solution made for this purpose.
- Brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (not the same one you clean your dentures with).
- Rinse your dentures in clean water before you put them back in your mouth.
- Improve digestion. Being able to chew properly not only aids in better digestion, but also allows you to enjoy foods again. Make dinnertime fun again with dentures.
- You’ll be able to speak more clearly. No more self-consciousness while talking to your friends, family members or colleagues.
- Enjoy those foods you love. It can be challenging to bite into even the tenderest piece of steak. Maybe you’ve forgone eating the foods you enjoy because they are tough on your teeth. But with dentures in San Bernardino, you’ll be able to order anything off the menu without worrying about your smile.
- You’ll gain exponential amounts of confidence. This might seem like an exaggeration, but there is often nothing better than having a beautiful, healthy smile. If something can help make mealtimes enjoyable, improve your appearance and allow you to converse with others, then why wouldn’t you feel better about yourself? Dentures in 92401 give you the freedom to live the life you deserve.