Dentures are removable artificial sets of teeth used to replace missing teeth in the mouth. They restore your smile while assisting with important tooth functions such as chewing and speaking. Dentures also help preserve your facial structure because missing teeth cause changes in your bite and facial sagging. They are typically made from acrylic, resin, metal, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Contact us at your Jacksonville dentist today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mariam Barikbin.
Dentures can be implanted into the jaw bone for a secure fit that doesn’t shift around and preserves the jaw bone.
Dr. Barikbin will perform a thorough oral exam and take x-rays to ensure you’re in good oral health before proceeding with dentures.
Impressions will be taken from your mouth and sent to the dental lab so they can create dentures that will fit perfectly along your gums. Your teeth will also need to be extracted if you are receiving full dentures. Temporary dentures will be worn after teeth have been extracted.
We will take measurements of how your upper and lower jaw fit together and send this info along with your impressions to the dental lab so we ensure that the dentures align with your bite pattern and will not cause any issues such as clicking.
At this point, we will be able to have a trial fitting with a sample set of dentures so you can assess how they fit and feel. Your comments will be considered and relayed to the dental lab so we can make any final adjustments.
After making any necessary adjustments, we will have a fitting for your official dentures and you can leave the office with a new set of teeth.
Partial dentures are removable artificial teeth used to replace a few missing teeth in the mouth. They can be thought of as removable dental bridges. Artificial teeth, typically made of porcelain, are attached to a gum-colored base and this denture is connected through a metal framework that clips onto metal clasps that are placed on the abutment teeth.
Full dentures replace one entire arch of teeth on the upper or lower jaw or both arches of teeth. We only recommend full dentures for patients who have extensive decay or are already missing most of their teeth because the remaining teeth need to be extracted before receiving a full denture.
After the teeth are extracted, the gums need to heal completely which takes 8-12 weeks before a conventional denture can be fitted. However, an immediate temporary denture can be worn right after extraction.
Modern dentures look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The most commonly extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, because of their tendency to grow in improperly, which can cause repeated infections and severe pain. Other teeth may require extraction if they are severely decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken. They also may need to be removed if they have become loose in the socket as a result of gum disease, if there isn’t enough space in the mouth due to overcrowding, or for certain orthodontic situations.
After having a tooth extracted, it’s important to encourage blood clotting for proper healing. Certain activities can dislodge or prevent blood clots from forming, so you will need to avoid smoking, spitting or sucking, rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours, eating solid foods, chewing on the side of the extraction, and drinking hot liquids.
Once the numbing agent has worn off, you may feel some soreness or tenderness at the site of the extraction, which can be relieved with pain medication. However, you should not take aspirin, which is a blood thinner and can prolong the healing process.
Leave your gauze in place for about 3-4 hours unless it becomes soaked with blood. For the first 24 hours, it’s important to stick to soft foods, get plenty of rest, and elevate your head to reduce swelling. While swelling is less common in simple extractions, patients who have received multiple extractions may notice some additional swelling which can be relieved by applying cold compresses to the face.
Your dentist will inform you when it is safe to introduce solid foods back into your diet and how to clean your teeth but you should leave them alone for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, you can gently swish around a saline rinse in your mouth to eliminate bacteria.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Dr. Barikbin will always try to save your tooth first before considering an extraction.