Dentures, What You ShouldKnow   It is estimated thatone third of all  Americans end up losingall their  teeth, subsequently requiringfull  dentures.

That is a horrible statistic,in view of the fact that people need not lose their teeth. Anyone  who has some teeth left should  consider saving them instead of gettingdentures. However, in the event  the  teeth can’t  be saved, it’s dentures to the rescue.  When  gettingdentures,  one of the questions patientsoften ask, is, can dentures be worn without any problems? The answer is yes andno.  Upper dentures can be wornsatisfactorily and comfortably, in comparison to lower dentures that tend topose a problem and cause more problems than uppers.  And for anyone who’s ever wanted to know about dentures, but was too busy to askquestions, you only have to look below.  Why do upper denturespresent less of a  problem than lowers?Because uppers hold better, since they rest on a plate and  a wide ridge.

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 On the other hand, lowers have a very thinridge to adhere to and the tongue tends to displace the dentures. Moreimportantly,  eye teeth (canines), thelarge pointed teeth on either side of  the jaw are essential to maintaining the ridgeof the mouth. What are otherimportant teeth? Front teeth. When they are  removed they  give the appearance of  a collapsed looking mouth, particularly in thenose and lips  area. Picture a toothless houndand you get the picture. When teeth are removed, the bone structure around themshrinks up and inward.

 What should you dobefore allowing your  teeth to be removed?If teeth are painful, loose and constantly hurting and a dentist advises you toremove any or all of them, consult another dentist, maybe two, beforeconsenting to the extraction. When are teethconsidered beyond  hope?  When the bone around them has been lost tothe degree  that it cannot hold theteeth. That means you’re afraid to eat, talk or smile. So, if that happens,it’s time to get those  choppers out immediately. Are there invalid reasonsfor removing teeth? Yes.

They are abscesses, decay, and pain. Although ithurts like hell, these conditions can be corrected with treatment. What can I expectwith full dentures? Plenty. An immediate denture is a prosthesis insertedat  the same time the teeth are removed.

This is done to  avoid going withoutteeth for any period of time. Usualeffects: Swelling and discomfort for a few days. Within the first  6 weeks-3 months teeth have been pulled,shrinkage of the bone and gums in that area accelerates rapidly. Are certain peopleprone to denture problems? Of course.

  People with diabetes and poor health. These folks tend to have more bone disappearance after the teeth are pulled. People with a very high palate (tapered arch), the result of  genetic inheritance or sucking your thumb as a child. They tend to have trouble retaining upper dentures.

People whose  psychological approach or sensitivity  to the feel of dentures is so negative they can never adjust to them properly. People with bony structures sticking out from the palate. Most people with this condition aren’t even aware of it. But the good news is,  they can be removed surgically before  the dentures are fitted. The key error denturewearers should  avoid. Thinking thatas long as the dentures are comfortable and giving you no trouble, nothingneeds to be done about them. Fact:Bone shrinkage after teeth are lost goes on continually.

People with denturesshould have them checked by a dentist at least once a year and their denturesregularly aligned, even if the dentures don’t feel loose. Why is getting yourdentures checked regularly so important? Because the better the denturefits, the less the bone around it shrinks. That makes sense doesn’t it? Exactly, how shoulddentures look? As natural as possible. It is a mistake to insist on picketfence (even alignment)  or piano keyteeth.  How to purchase highquality dentures.

Look for a dentist who stresses natural and individuallooking teeth and  gives detailedattention to the aesthetic appearance and proper handling of your dentures. What about Prices?A bargain basement price usually yields less carefully planned and executivedentures. Okay, I know that everyone’s financial status varies, but when itcomes to dentures, you want to purchase a pair that looks good and feelscomfortable. The last thing you want to do is purchase dentures that fall outwhen you open your mouth. Ewwwwwwww! There you have it, everything you’ve ever  wanted to know about dentures. Now go out andget a pair before I call your dentist and tell him about all the informationI’ve given  you.

Smile, you’re on DentureCamera.     

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