Prosthesis or Dentures
Removable dentures are prosthetics that replace missing teeth and are ideal for patients who wish to avoid dental surgical procedures. Prosthesis have an acrylic base that is supported by gum tissue and are designed to be removed from the mouth comfortably. Dentures are a very common way of replacing missing teeth because they are not invasive. The ability to remove dentures allows patients to clean the mouth as well as the denture with ease. Dentures have to periodically be replaced depending on the changes in a patient’s mouth. Each denture has a specific purpose:
Removable Partial Dentures (RPD)
RPD’s are a cost effective way to replace several missing teeth. The acrylic base has a connecting apparatus that engages natural teeth, ensuring that removable partial dentures do not shift or fall out when the patient uses them. It will replace multiple missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting as well as aid in chewing food. RPDs are not as stable and esthetic as a fixed option such as an implant or a bridge, but in some cases it is the only option available. As your dentist in Austin, we will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and gums and provide you with all the options for you to chose from.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth in the mouth and maintain the contour of the lips. Typically prosthesis are made after the gums have fully healed from tooth extraction. Dentures take several appointments to complete, the proper shade, shape, contour, bite and speech need to be customized for every patient. Relining dentures is necessary as the bone will continuously change shape with age. Even with complete dentures, it is necessary to see the dentist yearly to monitor those changes to the gums and adjust the bite appropriately.
Temporary dentures (also called interim dentures) can be both partial dentures, or complete dentures. An interim partial denture is also referred to as a flipper. They are utilized to stabilize the mouth and allow for healing in preparation of a more permanent restoration.
Caring for Dentures
No matter the type of denture, it is very important to remember to NEVER sleep with the denture in the mouth! The gum tissue needs to rest overnight to prevent infections. Also, the denture needs to be cleaned with a toothbrush to remove the debris and stored in appropriate solution to remove bacteria. As your dentist in Austin, we will provide you with a denture care kit to help care for your dentures!