How can we help you?
We understand that patients have many questions about their dental care, and we never want you to hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.
Here are some of the questions we hear the most. If you don’t get your question answered here, you can speak to any one of our staff members.
Dentures, Partials, and Bridges
For several important reasons, seeing a dentist at least annually is still a good idea even for denture wearers.
The stability and comfort of dentures depends upon the “foundation” that supports them. Good oral health includes healthy gums and adequate bone to support the denture. The longer patients wear dentures, the more likely it becomes that the denture may begin to fit poorly due to hard and soft tissue changes. Often, patients don’t recognize the changes that are happening and become accustomed to using denture adhesives to keep the denture in place. Regular dental visits, proper homecare and wearing your dentures are important factors for keeping your mouth healthy and your dentures in good shape.
During a routine dental visit, Dr. Boren will remove the denture to check the health of the tissue under it. If any sore spots exist, the denture can be adjusted to eliminate this issue. An oral cancer screening exam is an important part of a routine dental visit since it is the soft tissue in the mouth where oral cancer occurs. Oral cancer screening is especially important for denture wearers since many people who lose their teeth are older and may be at greater risk for oral cancer.
Ill-fitting dentures can also lead to other health issues such as poor nutrition. Patients can experience difficulty eating healthy foods if their dentures don’t fit properly. Often, as patients age, if their dentures don’t fit and function properly, they lose weight, compounding the difficulty to stay healthy. Dentures should be worn daily and left in a recommended cleaning solution overnight. Always use the products that are meant for dentures and not for natural teeth. When soaking overnight, place in a closed container away from pets.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Bridges can help in the following ways:
- Bridges can restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Basically, a crown is a cap used to restore a tooth to its original appearance and prevent further damage or decay. A bridge, unlike a crown, utilizes existing teeth to fill in an area left vacant by a missing tooth.
Often other people will not be able to tell if you are wearing dentures, especially if care has been taken regarding speech sounds, aesthetics and lip support. Dr. Boren usually tell his patients not to expect others to say "nice teeth," but rather to ask if they are wearing their hair differently, or something to that effect. This is because the dentures blend in to the point where others are aware of a change, but they don't know what it is.