DENTAL DENTURES IN SANTA CLARITA, NEWHALL, CA
A few Facts about dentures
The loss of teeth necessitates the need for dentures. Teeth are usually lost as the result of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease destroys the bone that supports the teeth in the jaw. When periodontal disease becomes severe enough the teeth become mobile and are eventually lost. What follows Is, that the remaining bone that originally supported the teeth is now used to support the dentures.
This brings up an interesting concept. The role of the dentist is to preserve bone not the teeth. If bone is maintained the teeth are maintained. If the teeth are lost, the only thing that we have to work with to support a denture is the bone.
A complicating fact is that the presence of the tooth in the bone keeps the bone healthy. Teeth are connected to the bone by small fibers and under normal function the pull and tug of the fibers keeps the bone healthy, when the teeth are gone the bone is no longer stimulated and starts to shrink this continues for the rest of your life. An interesting point is that if implants are put into the bone they will maintain islands of bone that can preserve the bone loss.
Dentures can be classified as complete replacing of all the teeth or partial, replacing some of the teeth.
Dentures are mechanical equivalents of natural teeth not a new set of natural teeth.
They work differently than naturally teeth and there is a learning curve to using them.
Some patients report a change of taste with complete upper dentures.
The amount of force one can bite with is reduced from around 200lbs. to about 20 lbs. resulting in a reduced chewing efficiency.
A suction seal can usually be obtained on the upper denture that helps maintain it in place. The lower denture just rests of the jaw and is easily displaced by the tongue and cheeks. Implants in the lower jaw are an option to prevent this complication.
It usually takes at least 5 appointments to make dentures.
- Preliminary impressions
- Final impressions
- Jaw registrations
- A try in
- Delivery of the dentures
Following these appointments there is a time of adjusting to ensure your comfort and function
When considering a dentist to construct your new dentures, the above points need to be considered. A Prosthodonist is a dentist that has three years additional training after dental school; he is especially trained to insure that your ethics and functional needs are met.