When you’ve suffered tooth loss, an effective and affordable way to treat tooth replacement is with dentures, either full or partial plates. Sylvan S. Stern, DDS, of Southfield, Michigan incorporates a dental laboratory into his practice, meaning that your custom denture appliances can be made quickly, on-site, with a greater level of control. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Any removable dental appliance that functions as a replacement for one or more teeth is commonly called a denture. When you’ve lost teeth, eating and speech may be difficult due to the gaps and spaces in your mouth. Your confidence may also take a blow if tooth loss is visible when you talk or smile. With advanced tooth loss, your face may sag into the spaces where teeth once supported, making you look older.
Dentures can be full, replacing all of your natural teeth, both upper and lower, or dentures may be partial, anchoring around remaining natural teeth. Configurations are quite versatile, and dentures can be made to match existing teeth closely, or, in the case of full plates, they can improve upon your original smile, with even, bright, and regularly spaced replacements.
The replacement teeth of your dentures can be made from several materials, most commonly resins or porcelain. Porcelain has many advantages, both in appearance and function. Porcelain has the same translucent quality as tooth enamel, so it’s easy to match the appearance of other teeth, while the manufacturing process makes porcelain the hardest material used for replacement teeth. The feel of porcelain is also the most like natural teeth, which can help as you adapt to your new dentures.
Acrylic resin technology is, however, catching up and has advantages in some applications. Though resins wear faster than porcelain, acrylic is cheaper and better suited for partial dentures. Porcelain’s hardness can wear down natural teeth over time.
The base of your dentures may be made from acrylic resins if an artificial gum line is needed for appearance, or from metal, which is stronger and provides a better fit.
Home dental hygiene is a two-part operation. Your mouth and any natural teeth are cared for in the same way with brushing and flossing. Dentures require non-abrasive cleaners and should be kept in water overnight to prevent warping.
If you have a full plate that covers the roof of your mouth, thoroughly brush this area when your dentures are removed, since trapped plaque may cause irritation.