Dentures in Birmingham
Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham offers consultation to those patients who need guidance whether they need dentures or not. Although the procedure of tooth implants is safe, according to the oral health condition of the patient, there may be some problems faced by the patients during and after the procedure of tooth implants. The success of tooth implant, as well as dentures, is dependent upon the health of tissues where the new artificial tooth is to be placed. Dr. Michael Maniscalo provides a free consultation to patients about the dentures procedure.
If you are missing several teeth, or if your dental health is so compromised that extraction is the only reasonable option, then you are going to need a way to replace those teeth. You should never let missing teeth go unattended. This is because missing teeth will lead to loss of bone mass in your jaw. Also, if there are teeth remaining, they will naturally begin to grow toward the gaps, which will result in having difficulty for maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Sometimes, tooth loss is simply the luck of the draw – it is genetic. In other words, if one (or both) of your parents were very prone to tooth decay, you may experience the same problem.
Tooth loss can also be due to a trauma to the mouth. Regardless of the cause, you need a solution so that you can bite and chew properly, and be able to smile without feeling embarrassed. Many people find the effect on their self-esteem even more problematic than the loss of function.
The best way by far of dealing with missing teeth is dental implants. However, they are expensive and not generally covered by dental insurers. If implants are not in your budget, dentures can be the next best option.
You may have heard stories about dentures sliding, slipping or falling out at the most inopportune time, but let us put your mind to rest. Modern dentures, thanks to high-tech imaging and manufacturing methods, will fit extremely well, and in fact function very much like your own teeth.
Dentures Procedures and Benefits
Now, having said that, no one is ever going to tell you that dentures do not take a bit of getting used to. You will need to become accustomed to the way they feel fitting over the bony ridge of your jaw. If they are installed after multiple extractions, your gums will need time to shrink to get a proper fit. While you are waiting for your permanent dentures, though, Dr. Maniscalco and our expert dentists will provide you with a temporary set so that you can get used to the feel. Once your gums are ready, impressions of your mouth will be taken and are sent to a lab. The manufactured dentures are fitted and lined by our expert dentists, and you will have a set beautiful, functional teeth.
Dentures are a process of dentistry which involves replacing a missing tooth. They are different from implants because they can be pulled out and placed back inside. Patients who are suffering from periodontal diseases and increased dental caries are fitted for dentures. Because such patients are suffering from halitosis and a lot of damaging deposits cannot be simply treated by dental implants.
Types of Dentures
The kind you will require will depend largely on how many teeth you have missing. If you have few teeth missing, you might consider partials. However, if you are missing many teeth, or you are anticipated to lose more teeth soon, the better course of action may be to extract the remaining teeth and have a full denture created immediately. In addition to full and partials, we also offer implant supported dentures, which are permanently fixed in your mouth. At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we favor permanent the All-on-4 methods, which allows you to have a full set of permanent dentures installed using just four implants in either jaw.
Caring for Your Dentures
Permanent dentures require caring the same way you would care your natural teeth, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Removable dentures need to be taken out at night and cleaned using a special solution.
How do Dentures Work?
There are two types of dentures, full dentures, and partial dentures. In full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base is fitted over the patient’s gums. The upper part of the denture covers the roof of the mouth while the lower denture is specially shaped to accommodate the tongue. Before placing dentures, an impression of the patient’s teeth is collected so that the dentures can be customized according to the patient’s mouth.
When are Dentures a Promising Idea?
Dentures are an innovative idea if:
- A person has lost most of his/her teeth.
- A person is facing several gum diseases.
- The remaining teeth are somehow loose and it appears that they will fall soon.
- Teeth are not strong enough.
- A person is facing several oral health issues such as gum infections and cavities.
- A person’s teeth are sensitive and he/she is facing difficulty in eating, drinking, flossing and brushing.
When Should Dentures be replaced?
Usually, a dentist decides whether the dentures need to be replaced or not. Dentures are typically replaced after 3-8 years depending upon the oral health of the patient. In addition to oral health, several other factors are also taken into consideration by the dentist such as the condition of the dentures. These are some of the reasons that determine whether the dentures should be replaced or not.
Why Keep Dentures in Water?
Dentures are kept in water when they are not worn because they need to be kept moist. This does not allow them to dry out or lose their original shape because when dentures become dry, they tend to lose their shape. When dentures lose their shape, they will not fit the patient’s jaw. Dentists usually provide patients with quality denture solutions. However, it is important to note that dentures must not be placed in hot water as it may cause them to warp.
To learn more or if you feel you are a candidate for dentures, contact us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. We are located at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243. You can request an appointment by calling 205-967-9100, or by using the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to restoring your smile. For any unanswered questions, visit our FAQs or facts pages.