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Dentures Shelby Township MI

Dentures are a great way to replace most or all of your teeth after they have fallen out or have been removed. A simple, non-invasive treatment method, there are many advantages to using dentures over other forms of tooth replacement. Dentures are affordable, removable, and do not require major surgery to complete. They are also very versatile. Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our dentist at Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby, offers many forms of dentures in Shelby Township, Michigan based on your individual needs and goals:

  • Full dentures – Shaped like a horseshoe and resting completely on your gums, full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in your lower or upper dental arches or both. Full dentures are made from prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base.
  • Partial dentures – Unlike full dentures, partial dentures replace only some of your smile and require natural teeth to remain. Along with a base, partial dentures often use a thin, metal framework to support itself.
  • Implant dentures – Implant dentures are exceptionally secure and stable. Placed on small metal posts placed in your jaw, implant dentures are great for any form of tooth loss you may have experienced.

Let’s dive into details so you can get a better understanding of the denture world.

 

Full Dentures

Full dentures are made of acrylic or plastic material with flesh-colored artificial gums and are designed for patients who lost all their natural teeth. They cover the alveolar processes and the palate at the top, the tooth-bearing bones located in our mouths. The full dentures have no anchors or supports, they are entirely removable. 

Artificial teeth are most often made of acrylic. Our doctor determines the size, shape, and color of the teeth, consulting his recommendations with the patient. Prosthetic treatment of toothlessness is one of the most difficult tasks a dentist has to face in everyday practice. It requires considerable experience and imagination on our part. 

The upper complete denture, which has greater adhesion due to its large palate, is easier to use than the lower part. The lower complete denture has a horseshoe shape for anatomical reasons (the presence of your tongue, for instance). The complete lower denture remains on the base mainly due to the adhesion and work of the surrounding soft tissues: cheeks, lips, and tongue. 

After you receive your full or partial dentures, follow-up visits are necessary, during which the doctor makes the necessary corrections and adjustments to provide optimal comfort. 

 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used to rebuild partially missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are designed with precision to rest on the mucosa of those areas of the oral cavity from which the teeth have been removed. They are kept in the mouth by clamps made of elastic stainless steel wire. 

Partial dentures have many functions besides improving your smile. The artificial teeth supported by a gum-colored base prevent the remaining natural teeth from changing their position by filling gaps in the spaces of removed teeth. The prosthetic device has natural-looking qualities that can completely transform your life. 

 

Implant-supported dentures

Another alternative to traditional dentures is a denture supported by implants. They are characterized by exceptional stability, versatility, and a snap-in system that prevents the dentures from accidentally falling out. In addition, unlike traditional prosthetic devices, implant dentures do not have food restrictions, since they enhance your chewing ability.

The screws placed on your jawbone keep the dentures attached, so the risk of slip out is greatly minimized. The implant dentures are easily removable, mainly for cleaning and maintenance purposes.

 

How to make the dentures wearable, useful, and bearable in use?

First and foremost, the denture should be removed in the evening to let your gums and mucous membranes get some rest. We don’t sleep with the dentures! Take care of your dentures as if it were your own teeth – brush them with a nonabrasive cleanser using a soft-bristle toothbrush. After rinsing your dentures, put them in a dry, clean container with holes to allow the ventilation through. Avoid putting your prosthetic device in water or any other liquid. Doing so creates ideal conditions for fungal growth. In the morning, before putting on the dentures, rinse them with water and, if necessary, apply a special  adhesive cream. To adapt to the new denture, which is indeed a foreign body in your mouth, practice talking out loud to make the transition easier and learn how to pronounce all the sounds correctly. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, grab a good book, and read out loud! If after a few days a new denture caused painful pressure sores, see your dentist so the problem can be fixed with few adjustments. 

We will work closely together with you to determine which type of dentures will restore your smile most effectively. If you would like more information and are considering dentures, we encourage you to contact our dental office today. We are eager to help make your smile healthy and bright!

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