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Dentures or partial dentures are commonly associated with people that have passed a certain age, but many young people are also faced with the need to also wear them. Therefore, Tandestetik Stockholm addresses this challenge with expert dental services in order to improve smiles, speech abilities and the capacity to chew food comfortably. Dentures and/or partial dentures fill any gaps resulting from tooth loss with false teeth. There are commonly two types of removable prostheses in use:
- Partial prosthesis most commonly used and attached to remaining teeth with mechanical brackets.
- Full denture in the event the patient has lost all the teeth in a jaw or if the remaining teeth are too weak or damaged to be used to attach a partial denture.
When should you consider dentures?
The need for teeth replacements can arise for a various reason. Some of our patients lost teeth due to a traumatic injury or an illness such as diabetes. Others develop dental problems to the point where we may recommend an extraction as the only viable long-term solution. Whatever the cause might be, dentures present several advantages as a tooth replacement option:
- Your ability to continue eating a regular diet consisting of a wide range of foods including hard crunchy foods.
- To regain confidence in your appearance and by extension your self-confidence.
- The ability to speak clearly and be understood by others.
- Achieving good oral health and consequently strengthening your overall health
Dentures and partial dentures often provide an effective solution for many of the problems missing teeth create. Leaving gaps in your natural denture can create the conditions necessary for bacterial growth, which can lead to cavities in the other remaining teeth, gum disease, and infections. Neighboring teeth can also lose their strength due to the lack of structural support on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth.
Often patients are concerned about their appearance, even if the missing teeth are closer to the back and not immediately visible when smiling or talking. This can however affect facial muscle tone over time and therefore needs to be addressed.
The importance of replacing teeth
Teeth play a crucial role in so many aspects of our daily lives. To begin with, this means that it is essential to keep up a good and regular oral health routine. If you fail to do, this will most likely result in plaque remaining on your teeth, eventually causing decay and leading to tooth loss. This is where dentures or partial dentures play a significant role in restoring a smile and boosting oral health.
As well as functioning in the same way teeth do with the benefit of providing the appearance of a natural smile, dentures can replace damaged teeth that can cause pain. Dentures intend to replace an entire row of teeth along the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used to replace several teeth or half of a row of teeth.
Full dentures are a good option in the event you have no remaining teeth, or if your damaged teeth are beyond repair. Meanwhile, a partial appliance makes sense if you still have some natural teeth remaining.
There are new forms of permanent dentures and dental techniques, which can be safer and more durable. These dentures are anchored to the jaw with implants.
How dentures work
At Tandestetik Stockholm, we go to great lengths to help our patients requiring full or partial dentures understand the benefits and possible drawbacks of this dental solution. Unlike implants or bridges, dentures are removable. This apparatus consists of a gum-colored acrylic base and artificial teeth. The teeth are usually made of metal that is then covered in plastic. The patient fits the dentures over his or her gums. Denture adhesive products are widely available to help keep the appliance firmly in place in the mouth. After a few days of adjustment, the patient should not experience any discomfort or irritation when wearing his or her dentures.
We take X-rays and make impressions of the patient’s mouth. These go to a lab technician who can customize the appliance for the patient. We might remove any decayed or severely damaged teeth in order to ensure a clean and healthy base for the dentures. Once the dentures are ready, the patient returns to Tandestetik Stockholm for the fitting process that can only happen once the gums have healed following any tooth extractions performed prior to the fitting.
Any medical and dental procedure carries potential side effects, but getting dentures certainly carries less risk than other tooth-replacement options. It can take time for the wearer to adjust to having dentures in his or her mouth. After several days, the wearer should not suffer from any discomfort. Patients may also experience some minor pain, soreness, and irritation to the gums.