I don’t have a single tooth for a very long time, what kind of dentures can I get?
In case of complete toothlessness, the patient has two options. On of them is the traditional removable denture that is simply called prosthesis in the vernacular term. The other choice is the implant supported removable denture but this is only possible if your bone structure is dense and strong enough to get a dental implant.
Removable dentures are quick and long-lasting solutions while having various advantages. First, they are ready relatively soon especially if we compare them to implant supported removable dentures. In the latter case, several months of healing time is required.
Removable dentures are made with an aesthetic design, so you can wear them without shame. Their only disadvantage is that they are not stable enough but this can be remedied by denture fixatives.
The appropriate stability is achievable with fixed dentures but as we mentioned, this option is not available for everyone. Preliminary examinations need to be done at our clinic to find our whether you are eligible for having an implant.
My removable denture is uncomfortable. Should I get a new one?
Patients often feel their new dentures uncomfortable upon receiving. This is a natural phenomenon since it’s more difficult to get used to the prosthesis for someone who lived without teeth for a very long time.
Getting used to the denture is a process that may have some discomfort but after a while the patient can’t even tell anymore if there’s something in his/her mouth. Thus,you shouldn’t be afraid of the initial discomfort but it’s worth consulting your dentist who may give you many useful advices regarding this issue.
Nevertheless, it mustn’t be taken lightly if it’s painful to wear your prosthesis, hurts your gums or if it produces any other similar symptoms. If this happens, you must contact your dentist because it’s highly possible that it will be necessary to modify the prosthesis.
How long does it take for my new denture to be ready?
The time that it takes for the denture to be ready highly depends on the type of the prosthesis.
Traditional removable dentures are made the fastest – usually, they are ready from 7 to 10 days within sampling.
When it comes to implant-supported removable dentures or combined dentures, the waiting period is longer, since these prostheses require a more complicated process during which numerous aspects are taken into account, such as the method of attachment.
We can only specify of the exact time of completion after the examinations.
The preparation time of implant-supported dentures includes the recovery time after the surgery as well – thus, this procedure may take months. Besides, there exists mini implants as well that are perfect for fixing the removable dentures, they’re cheap and less demanding which would be a big relief to elderly people.
How many mini implants does an implant-supported removable denture need?
In case of complete toothlessness, we usually suggest our patients to have 4 pieces of mini implants in the lower, and 6 pieces of mini implants in the upper jawbone.
Naturally, you can differ from these numbers if the state of your bone structure requires it.
There are so many toothpastes on the market, which one should I choose?
It would be difficult to tell which toothpaste is the best for anyone. The truth is that the majority of toothpastes available on the market serve their purpose – that is to say they’re no better or worse than others. Thus, if you like its taste and it doesn’t contain anything that you have an allergy to, you can purchase it safely.
If someone has sensitive teeth, it’s worth choosing a toothpaste that is designed for this problem. However, as there’s a huge supply, it’s worth asking the opinion of your dentist so you can confidently buy a toothpaste which improves your condition instead of worsening it.
It’s also important not to use such toothpastes if the given problem no longer exists since it would cause more harm than good.
So, there’s no universal recipe. If you’re fond of ‘green’ solutions, then you can find many of the so-called ‘natural’ toothpastes. For those who want to prevent tooth decay, fluoride pastes are the best solution.
Don’t forget that the duration and the technique of toothbrushing is much more important than the type of the given toothpaste!