For dental patients who are in need of dentures, the process can be a trying one, as a person's self-esteem can be shaken when faced with the loss of one's teeth. If you are in need of dentures, you will first want to know a little about the kinds that are available, and how your Beaverton, OR dentist will go about the implantation process.
Dentures are removable replacements for people who have missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures that your Beaverton, OR dentist can available to patients: complete and partial dentures.
Partial dentures replace multiple or sometimes single teeth. Since partial dentures are used when some teeth are still present, they are often used in cases of youngger people who may have suffered an injury or gum disease. A partial denture can be attached to the teeth with clasps or with crowns with precision attachments, which are hidden clasps.
As the name suggests, full or complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. While there are, of course, exceptions, complete dentistry are usually used by the elderly. Complete dentures are made after the patient's teeth are removed and the gum tissue has started the healing process.
There are two types of treatments within the complete denture category: conventional and immediate dentures.
A conventional denture is made and ready to be placed in the patient's mouth about two to three months after the teeth have been removed. However, immediate dentures are made in ahead of time and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed.
The advantage to the immediate denture option is that the patient does not have to be without teeth for the healing period. But, since bones and gums shrink over time, particularly during the healing process, immediate dentures will require more adjustments during the healing period as compared to conventional dentures. Generally speaking, immediate dentures should be considered only as a temporary solution until such time as conventional dentures can be made.
Dentures are custom made for each patient, tailor to the unique anatomy of their mouth and jaw. This means that you will need several appointments with your Beaverton, OR dentist to develop a working model of the final product. Once your dentist has your dentures made, you will need further consultations to adjust your new teeth may be needed.
Take note: dentures should be taken care of much like regular teeth. They should be removed at least once a day to be brushed and cleaned with a denture brush and cleaner. Initially, your new dentures should also stay in over night during the adjustment period. Speak with your Beaverton, OR dentist about the specifics of your dental care.