By Dr. Olga Kraeva
Tooth loss is a fact of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by age 50, Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth, and among adults ages 65 to 74, 26 percent have lost all their teeth. Today, millions are finding that dentures can be a practical, comfortable, affordable choice. Dentures are designed to replace lots of teeth, all at one time. Years ago dentures were ill fitting, uncomfortable to wear, and were not esthetically pleasing. In contrast, today’s dentures can be indistinguishable from natural teeth, and they are comfortable and easy to wear.
Dentures can transform lives, especially if you have painful teeth, have difficulty eating and chewing, your speech has been effected, and are embarrassed to smile. If dentures are a good choice for you, you need to consider some information. The most common questions that our patients ask about dentures are probably your questions as well. Here are the questions we are asked most frequently:
- How many visits will I have to make? At least five visits are required to properly make and fit your dentures.
- How many impressions need to be done to make one denture? Two impressions.
- What is the most important step in denture fabrication? All steps involved are equally important,.
- How is the height of the denture and teeth position determined? In our office we use an articulating device that helps us to determine the physiological position of teeth in relation to upper and lower teeth, to ensure the best possible fit.
- Can dentures be delivered on the day teeth are extracted? Yes, this type of denture called immediate denture and can be prepared in advance before the extraction of teeth. However, this type of denture needs reline, which involves adding an additional layer of material inside the denture when extraction wounds will be healed.
- Which denture is more difficult to use, lower or upper, and what can be done to improve this adaptation? The lower denture is more difficult to adapt to because the lower jaw is smaller, and tongue and cheek muscles can dislodge this denture. You may need to have an awareness of your mouth and chewing that you did not have before. Today, one of the options are mini implants that can retain the lower denture. Some insurance covers this type of implant.
Please keep in mind that the adaptation for new dentures does take time for the muscles and nervous system ti adapt to. The process requires the acquisition of additional motor skills to use the dentures when speaking and eating with comfort.
We are happy to provide you professional consultation regarding dentures and help find the best option for you.
About the Author
Olga Kraeva, DMD, maintains her clinic, Dental Aid 1, in Weymouth, located in the Lakeview Medical Building, 884 Washington St., (Rt. 53), situated one block from Walmart and Shaw’s Plaza. Please call her at 781-340-5361 or visit https://www.dentalaid1.com to learn more.
Call now to learn about their special pricing for a full Dental Exam, Teeth Cleaning, and X-Ray for only $75 during the month of February 2018.
Reprinted from the February 2018 edition of the South Shore Senior News.