Been thinking of getting dentures to restore your smile? Want to compare the available restorations to get a favorable result? Or, too hesitant to settle for just one choice? Fret no more!
At Thousand Oaks Dental, we understand the hassles of having extensive tooth loss. That is why we try to reach out to all our patients in need by offering either full or partial dentures, depending on their needs. But first, for you to get a clearer view on dentures, we have prepared a series of commonly asked questions as well as its answers. These can help you decide whether dentures are really the best option for your oral restoration.
What are dentures and its types?
Dentures are either made of plastic or acrylic resin and different metal materials molded to support the pontics (fake teeth). There are two types of dentures: partial and full. And as the name suggests, partial can serve as a replacement for some of the lost teeth, while full can restore an entire arch at either top or bottom jaw.
How are dentures held in the mouth?
Partial dentures are secured in place by a metal framework that holds on to the adjacent healthy teeth, while full dentures are shaped depending on its placement. The upper denture is molded to cover the palate (roof of the mouth) creating suction, and the lower one is formed like a horseshoe to make way for the tongue.
Who are candidates for the procedure?
Unlike dental implants which requires a sufficient amount of bone support, anyone who is in need of missing teeth restoration can avail of the procedure. But to make sure that nothing is compromised, undergo an evaluation to take care of any complications that may jeopardize the results.
Should the dental appliance be removed at night?
While it is okay for a patient to wear dentures during sleep, it preferably should be removed. By doing so, this gives the bone and the gums a chance to relax after the pressures applied to it during the day. It is also best to soak the appliance in a special solution or plain water at night to keep it clean and moist.
Is eating an issue with dentures?
It is a known fact that there are a few food restrictions with dentures, but patients can still enjoy the foods they like. It takes a little time to get used to the appliance, but after a while, they will be able to eat regularly, even with some sticky or hard foods. A perfectly fitted denture allow patients to do so, or even with the help of some denture adhesives.
For inquiries about Dentures in San Antonio, TX, call us at Thousand Oaks Dental. You can also visit us at 2235 Thousand Oaks Dr. Suite 120 San Antonio, TX 78232.