By Russell Forrest, DDS
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are dentures, or false teeth, right for you? They can be if you have lost several or all of your upper or lower teeth due to accident, illness, denturestooth decay, infection or gum disease. Russell Forrest, DDS, places dentures at his Topeka office. If you are considering dentures, learn how this procedure can help your oral health and appearance. Also, find out what you, should do to live with these modern prosthetics.

Types of Dentures in Topeka

Dentures fit a variety of oral health situations, including partial or total loss of teeth. Fabrication is customized according to dental impressions, x-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed.

Partial dentures fill gaps caused by loss of more than one tooth. The artificial teeth and gum tissue are acrylic for the most natural color, texture, shape and durability. The prosthetics are mounted on a metal frame and affixed to neighboring teeth with clips. A "partial" basically functions the way a puzzle piece does--completing the picture of a healthy mouth.

Conventional full dentures replace a complete arch of teeth. They are held in place by natural suction. Also made from acrylic, conventional dentures rest right on the gums. Dr. Forrest places them after gums and bone have healed post extraction.

Immediate full dentures allow the patient to leave our Topeka dental office with a complete set of teeth right after extraction. In fact, as they rest on the sutured gums, they help quell bleeding, applying gentle pressure in a band-aid- like effect. Unfortunately, as weeks progress, immediate dentures must be relined, or sometimes replaced, because gums and jaw bone shrink after the dentist removes teeth.

Implant-supported dentures work well for individuals with adequate bone density. In a comfortable, in-office surgery, your Topeka dentist places multiple titanium implant devices into the jaw. These implants meld with the bone via a natural process called osseointegration says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. These implants provide superior support and stability for a denture. Existing dentures may "retrofitted" with mini-implants so long-time denture wearers enjoy better speech and secure bites.

Caring for Dentures

The best candidates for dentures eat a healthy diet, keep themselves well hydrated, and don't smoke. They also perform diligent oral hygiene at home, including brushing remaining teeth twice daily and flossing, too. Denture patients must clean their dentures nightly in an ADA-approved soak, and they must brush their gums, tongue, cheeks and other soft oral tissues each day. Full and partial dentures have a lifespan of 10 years or more with good at-home hygiene and checkups with Dr. Forrest.

Should You Have Dentures?

Missing teeth impact how you eat, speak and look. Dr. Russell Forrest can help you decide if dentures are right for your oral health situation. Call his office today for a restorative dentistry consultation: (785) 266-0330.