Dentures are the treatment of choice in many different situations. We feel it could be beneficial to provide some great information on the indications and benefits of dentures. Enjoy!
How many people are affected by tooth loss and what are the consequences?
More than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades. In the geriatric population about 23 million are completely edentulous and about 12 million are edentulous in one arch. 90 percent of those who suffer from edentulism have dentures. The number of partially edentulous patients will continue to increase in the next 15 years to more than 200 million individuals. Partial edentulism affects the majority of adult Americans. Consequences of missing teeth include significant nutritional changes, obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease and some forms of cancer. About 15 percent of the edentulous population has dentures made each year.
Dental implants have dramatically improved tooth replacement options. There are many people, however, for different reasons that will still end up in dentures. With the presence of denture mills and expedited denture fabrication, it is important for these individuals to be familiar with the different types of dentures. What are the various types?
Many people see their dentist and have their teeth removed and a denture placed the same day. Is this their final denture?
Dentures that are placed the same day that teeth are removed are called immediate or temporary dentures. They are used to improve upon the healing process almost like a compression bandage, act as a temporary to try out the tooth color, size, and shape, and provide the patient with teeth while their gums and bone are healing. They are typically relined with a soft material so that they can fit the changing shape of the gums as they swell and then heal. After the gums and bone have healed, a new definitive set of dentures should be made. Occasionally the immediate dentures can be relined but this is the exception. Unfortunately many patients are lead to believe that these are their final dentures and are left wondering why they don’t fit, look, and function adequately. If the gums and bone hasn’t adequately healed and a series of try-ins and impression haven’t been done, the success will be greatly compromised.
What are options for people who wear dentures and fixed permanent tooth replacement options are not available?
Dentures are often times uncomfortable, move around, and have limited function. Dental implants can be placed in fewer numbers necessary for fixed reconstructions making treatment more affordable for many people and can help stabilize and retain dentures. Bottom dentures are especially problematic for many people because of the lack of suction that the roof of the mouth provides upper dentures. Typically two implants are placed in the bottom jaw or four implants can be placed in the upper jaw. This also allows for the roof of the mouth to be opened up and not covered. A lot of people are hearing about “mini” implants versus standard implants with denture use. While the use is on the rise, it is important to realize that mini implants were designed for two reasons: to provide anchorage for orthodontists when moving teeth and for staging reconstructions with temporaries while the standard implants were healing, only to be removed at a later time. They were not intended to be used as a permanent solution.
Where can someone watching learn more about their tooth replacement options?
We offer free monthly seminars at our Southside location and our next one is Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 pm. They can also visit our website www.jacksonvilledentalspecialists.com or www.jacksonvillehybridge.com or they can call and schedule a consultation.
At Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS we are not only committed to providing excellent dental care but we also strive to educate everyone we can about oral health issues. We welcome comments, questions, and new patients. For more informative posts, visit our past blog topics. Feel free to call us at (904)602-8396 or contact us!