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Dentures

Dentures also know as false teeth and gums are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and fixed back into your mouth. Dentures can either be full or partial, meaning that they can replace all teeth on either the top or down gum line or just a few missing teeth. Regardless of the kind of denture you require, they will be customized to fit your mouth and visually matched to your existing teeth.

WHY DENTURES ARE NECESSARY

They may be several reasons why one may lose teeth during their lifetime. Extraction of teeth may be necessary because of periodontal disease or tooth decay. Teeth can also be removed due to defects or deterioration caused by other health problems, but most often teeth are lost through injury.

Everyone will not be entirely without teeth but even the loss of a few teeth can cause problems and also affect your appearance. If they are multiple missing teeth, there is less support for the checks and lips and this can cause the facial muscle to sag. This deterioration of teeth can make eating and speak more difficult. The use of dentures to replace lost teeth restores the appearance of your smile while also providing the necessary support to keep your entire face healthy.

TYPES OF DENTURES

COMPLETE DENTURES

The complete denture is being worn by people who lost all the teeth in a single arch or in both arches, complete dentures can either be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been lost or removed is ready for placement in the mouth 8 to 12 weeks after teeth lose. On the other hand, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.  In this case, the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. The disadvantage of immediate dentures is that they require more adjustment to fit properly during the healing process.

PARTIAL DENTURES

Partial dentures are made for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch, the partial denture is removable and can be fixed back when needed. It consists of all pink or gum-colored plastic base which is sometimes connected to a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.

DENTURE CARE

Complete or partial dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains, good looking and for a healthy mouth. Here are some of the tips for good denture care;

  1. Remove and rinse denture after eating: After each meal, it is essential to remove the denture from the mouth and rinse properly. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so that the denture doesn’t break if you drop
  2. Handle the denture with great care: avoid bending the plastic or the clips when cleaning, to avoid damaging the denture.
  3. Brush and rinse dentures daily without toothpaste: microscopic scratches that can give room for food and plaque to build up. Just like natural teeth, dentures require daily brushing to remove food plaque. Brushing the dentures also helps to prevent the development of permanent stains on it.
  4. Regular dental check-ups: Your dentist will recommend visit schedule in order to have your denture examined, professionally cleaned and ensure proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort.
  5. Ensure you see your dentist if you have a lose fit, sores, irritation, and infection.

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists can perform a verity of procedures to improve your smile from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Dentists can reshape the teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth and even alter the length of your teeth.

While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosis and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides elective or desired treatments or services. Cosmetic dentistry can also provide restoration benefits such as dental fillings.

COSMETICS TRENDS

The advancement in technology with regards to natural looks, tooth color, dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more durable than in the past years. Dentists also use technologies such as lasers in order to perform some procedures necessary for cosmetic treatments in their own office without referring the patient to other specialists. Procedures like smile makeover are made more comfortable and convenient for patients, as well as helps to reduce the time taken for recovery.

TYPES OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY

  1. Teeth whitening: This happens to be one of the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedures. Teeth are most times stained from smoking, food, drinks or poor hygiene. Teeth bleaching can enhance the appearance of your smile
  2. Inlays and Onlays: Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays which are made from porcelain or composite materials are a long-lasting yet aesthetically pleasing way to provide a filling to teeth with tooth decay or similar structural damage. Inlays and Onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by the dentist. The filling is called an “inlay”, when the material is bonded onlay”.
  3. Crowns: Also known as caps, covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance, because of the cost they are a user in cases where other procedures will not be effective. It has the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations and at the same time, the most time-consuming.
  4. Composite bonding: Broken, discolored, decayed or chipped teeth can be repaired and have their appearance restored using a procedure called composite bonding. Dental composite materials with the look of enamel and dentin are applied into the cavity or into the surface of a tooth where it is then sculpted into shapes, contours and hardened with a high-intensity
  5. Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial or titanium replacement tooth roots inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jaw bone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth.

There are still some other options in which one can opt for in cosmetics dentistry such as dental veneers, smile makeover, and full mouth reconstruction.

 

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