What Can A Denture Clinic Do For You?

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If you are having denture issues, or need dentures for the first time, there are practices set up to cater to those needs. Denture clinics don't just look to fit dentures, however; these same clinics look at overall mouth health so underlying problems that cause dentures are not ignored. So, what should you expect upon your visits to the clinic?

Evaluation for Dentures

Before the preparations are even started to measure you for dentures, you will go through a series of questions to make sure that dentures are right for you. These include:

  • Thorough oral exam, especially if this is the first time that the dentist is seeing you as a patient
  • Discussion of the problems you are experiencing
  • Discussion of alternatives to dentures, such as dental implants
  • Evaluation of any existing dentures that you may currently be using
  • Discussion of partial versus complete dentures–in some cases, there are still healthy teeth and dentures are only needed to replace the teeth that are missing; these are known as partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth

Measuring and Fitting for Dentures

If you decide to move forward with dentures, the dentist will schedule a separate visit to measure and fit you for dentures. There are some variations in this next visit based upon the type of dentures that you need.

Types of Dentures

For complete dentures, your dentist may need to remove teeth that are still in your mouth; this is often the case. You may have the option to be fitted for "immediate" dentures as soon as all of your teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are usually temporary in nature and are meant to allow you to have teeth while your gums are healing. As your healed gums will likely be a different size than they were when the immediate dentures were fitted, it is best to move to conventional dentures as soon as possible.

Conventional dentures are made once the mouth has healed, allowing the measurements to be much more exact. Conventional dentures are meant for long-term use.

Partial dentures involve filling in a series of missing teeth between still-healthy teeth. The partial dentures attach to either a metal framework affixed to the jaw or to the teeth on either side of the partial denture. Partial dentures are also referred to as "bridges".

Fitting for Dentures

The measurement and fitting for your dentures is dependent upon the type of denture, mentioned previously. The dentist will measure the space, once the gums have healed, and take molds to make sure that the denture attachment fits snugly to the gums.

Once the measurements have been taken, they are sent off to a lab to make the dentures. You will come in for a follow up visit to actually do the final fitting. Your dentist can do minor adjustments in the office to make them fit comfortably. At this time, your dentist will also explain proper care and cleaning procedures.

Denture Check Ups

Even though some or all of your teeth are prosthetics, you still need to have regular, dental exams. Dental exams look at overall mouth health, not just the health of your teeth. Over time, the fit of your dentures can deteriorate, leading to mouth irritation or even bone loss. The fit of your dentures is easily corrected by your dentist. You should still have oral exams at least once a year just to make sure your mouth is healthy and your dentures still fit.

Denture clinics provide complete mouth care from oral health evaluation and measurement for dentures to follow up, yearly visits. If you are considering dentures, or need new dentures, a denture clinic can provide the services that you need.

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Baby Tooth as an Adult? You Are Not Alone

It was my secret for a long time, but I am finally sharing it -- I was an adult who still had a baby tooth. My dentist told me it shifted when my adult teeth came in instead of falling out. He also said I should have it pulled before it started causing dental problems, but I decided to keep it for a while. One day, during a dental check-up, my dentist found a cavity on the tooth next to it. He told me it was time to have it extracted, as it was close to the other tooth and making it hard for me to clean it. I had it taken out, and I don't miss it. I created this blog to tell other people with baby teeth as adults that they are not alone. Also, they can cause problems, so have them pulled if your dentist suggests it.