THINGS THAT CAUSES LOST TEETH?
When a tooth is lost, in general it is probably due to one of these reasons:
- gum problems (periodontal diseases)
- trauma or accident
- congenital (e.g.: anadontia, hypodontia)
- supernumerary (extra teeth )
- impacted tooth
There are several aspects that are affected once we loose our teeth: psychologically and oral health in general.
A denture is constructed to improve social life, overall well-being, to avoid depression and most importantly to improve appearance as well as to restore self-esteem. These are all essential to increase quality of life.
Though psychological aspect is important, what most people neglect to see is the importance of maintaining oral health in general. Wearing a denture can minimises bone resorption and trauma to the remaining oral structures while performing function such as eating and talking. Replacement of the missing teeth is crucial to avoid the remaining teeth present from rotating, over eruption and moving towards the space of the missing teeth (may cause misalignment and occlusion instability).
PERMANENT DENTURES ARE NOT ONLY FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
Permanent dentures replace natural teeth lost due to injury or poor oral conditions. It restores a person’s aesthetics, chewing and speaking functions. It also maintains the health of oral tissues and other remaining teeth. Therefore, permanent dentures are not restricted for elderly people only. However, younger patients prefer dental implants because it can stop the continual bone loss and shrinkage of jawbone. Also, dental implants are very much like natural teeth and one can be sure that your dental implants would not move or loosen.
Subject to the condition of the mouth, patients may be referred to a dentist during the first visit to a Denture Clinic
Clearly, patients have a right to choose care and services from among a range of qualified dental health care professionals. With the evolution of international base-line competencies, and the development of first-rate retraining and upgrading opportunities, Dental prosthetist as a profession has come of age. Patients must be free to select the type of service that best meet their needs in terms of personal care, well being and affordability.
GETTING PERMANENT DENTURES IS AFFORDABLE AND EASY
Permanent dentures cost much cheaper than dental implants and may only take a few dental visits. On your first dental visit, your dental prosthetist would assess the health of your oral tissues. If it is satisfactory, the dental prosthetist will provide you with a treatment plan and the cost involved.
After your acceptance of the treatment plan, the dental prosthetist would continue by taking impressions of your mouth with a dough-like material which would set over time to a rubbery consistency. Your dental prosthetist will register your jaw positions by asking you to bite on a wax mould on your next visit. Also, tooth colour and size will be selected during your second dental visit.
The next dental visit is important and it is recommended to bring along a relative or a friend as the “try-in” stage is a stage where you are asked to try a waxed model of your dentures and major adjustments can only be made at this stage like positioning of teeth. The fourth dental visit is to fit your new dentures in your mouth. A dental visit after a few days of wearing your dentures may be needed to relieve pressure points that may cause sore spots.
YOU NEED TO GET USED TO YOUR PERMANENT DENTURES
Though dentures are replacements for missing teeth and may look so natural that others cannot differentiate the difference, you can. This is because they do not exactly feel the same like your natural teeth and thus, you may need time to get used to it (about 2-6 weeks). Even if you have been wearing dentures for some time, you would still need to get used to the feeling of new dentures alike getting a new pair of shoes. You may experience a bulky or loose feeling, excessive saliva flow, lost of eating sensations, difficulty pronouncing some words and soreness but with practice and time, you will get accustomed to your dentures.
These are several criteria’s that can be taken into account during evaluation of a good denture:
The denture must be able to sit properly in the mouth without moving sideways during function. The more denture base covering the edentulous area, better stability will be achieved. This is subjected to the patients’ oral anatomy.
Is described as how well the denture will be able to resist vertical forces (opposite the direction of insertion). In complete denture, note that a critical element for a good retention is by achieving suction i.e. shares the same principle as a suction cup. Though sometimes trying to get ‘suction’ can be quite difficult, another option is by inserting retentive components in the denture design.
Anatomical structures may also contribute in stability and retention of a denture such as undercuts and retromolar pads. Other contributing structures are our masticatory and facial muscles. Muscles help to exert external force on the denture to keep it in place