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Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth.
Patients loose their teeth due to many reasons, inlcuding poor dental
hygiene, periodontal disease, or genetic reasons. Dentures are not the
easy, fix-all that many people beleive they will be. Many patients will
experience one or multiple problems with their dentures (a few of them
are listed below). Fortunately, with today's dental knowledge and
technology, it is very possible for you to keep your teeth for your entire
life. Good home care and preventative maintainence makes a lifetime
with your own teeth very possible.
If a denture is an option or necessary for you, it is important to know
what to expect. Life with a denture can be very different. Adjustments
may be necessary to ensure the perfect fit. Practice is the key. A new
set of dentures is like a new pair of shoes, it takes a while to break them
in. The process will take time. Be patient and keep working with them.
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Here's a few things you may notice with new dentures:
*Excessive salivation-The brain senses this appliance as "food" and sends messages to the salivary glands to produce more saliva and secrete it at a higher rate. This will only happen in the first 12 to 24 hours, after which the salivary glands return to their normal output
*Gagging- This is experienced by a minority of patients. This may be due to a denture that is too loose, too thick or extends too far into the back of the mouth
*Change in Taste Perception-One of the most common problems for new full upper denture wearers is the change in taste perception. The sense of taste may be interferred with or interrupted by the placement of upper dentures. New denture wearers will likely experience some drop in the level of taste sensation in the beginning.
Your mouth is going to go through an adjustment period while it gets used to the way the dentures feel. However, in time you should experience a return of normal taste sensation as in your pre-denture days. Most of the taste buds in your mouth are near the tip and around the edges of your tongue, but some are also in your throat and a few are located in the roof of your mouth. When food enters your mouth, the nerve receptors send a signal to the brain to order the production of saliva. As food is chewed, the tongue and teeth work to mash it together with the saliva, bringing out the taste. Working together with the smell receptors in your nose, all these cells report the data to your brain and the brain orders the chemical combinations that result in what we know as flavor. A full standard upper denture has an acrylic plate that stretches across the roof of the mouth covering the palate, and therefore covering the small amount of taste buds located there, isolating them from the tasting process. The rest of the taste buds in the tip and edges of the tongue are now constantly in contact with the denture, tasting the denture plastic. No matter what you eat at first, the taste of the denture plastic will be reported to the brain, along with any other tastes detected. The good news is that this is only noticeable in the short term. Eventually the taste buds and the brain will become accustomed to the constant report of the denture plastic taste, and like many things in life that we become used to and finally ignore, the denture taste will go away. Your nerve receptors will begin to concentrate more on the new items entering your mouth, and your taste senses will be focused on them, not your dentures.
*Stabilizing Your Dentures-The maxillary denture (the upper) is relatively easy to manufacture. It is usually very stable without slippage. A lower full denture is much harder to keep in place. The best case scenario is to have it supported by 2-4 implants placed in the lower jaw for support. A lower denture without implants for support is held in mostly by gravity. A lower denture supported by implants is a far superior product than a lower denture without implants, because
1)it is much more difficult to get adequate suction on the lower jaw,
2) the functioning of the tongue tends to break that suction, and
3) without teeth the ridge tends to resorb and provides the denture less and less stability over time. It is routine to be able to bite into an apple or corn-on-the-cob with a lower denture anchored by implants. Without implants, it is quite difficult or even impossible to do so.
*Denture Delivery-Most likely we will recommend Immediate Dentures. In this process you will make an appointment with us first. We will make a mold of your teeth, send the mold to the lab, where they will make your denture. The denture is delivered to the office that will perform your extractions. The immediate denture will be placed immediately following the removal of the teeth, hense the name. If an Oral Surgeon places your immediate denture, we will need to see you in our office the day after it is placed. Dr. Bayne will examine how your denture fits and make adjustments if necessary.
*Adjustments-You will require relines with any denture. A reline is an adjustment to your denture to help it fit better. You will get sore spots under your dentures for the first couple weeks. We can fix this with a reline. Relines will also be needed as the swelling in your gums goes down because your dentures will start to feel loose. In the beginning, as the swelling goes down, we will do soft-relines here in our office. Dr. Bayne does not charge extra for these. It is included in the price of the
denture. After about a year of soft-relines, you will be ready for a hard-reline. With a hard-reline, we send your denture to the lab where they will permanently adjust it. There is a charge for this adjustment, as we will incur a lab fee.