Longview,WA. Area Denture Information

Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth for patients suffering from differing degrees of edentulism. Dentures fall into two categories: full dentures or partial dentures. A full denture consists of porcelain or plastic teeth attached to a plastic or metal base, replicating the look of a full set of teeth. Full dentures can be used for the upper, lower or both sets of teeth. Partial dentures fill the gaps in between teeth, usually held by a metal clasp or your natural teeth, and are used to prevent natural shifting of the surrounding healthy teeth.

Common Denture Issues

Like natural teeth, dentures are susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup, requiring daily cleaning and proper storage (if the dentures are removable).

The shifting of the dentures and resulting comfort rests largely on three prosthodontic principles: support, retention, and stability. Support describes the level of support the oral tissue provides in preventing the dentures from shifting vertically deeper into the arch and becoming depressed further. Retention describes the extent of the denture sliding back vertically opposite the direction of insertion. Stability refers to how well the denture base is prevented from moving horizontally.

During the initial period, the brain recognizes the dentures in the mouth but needs practice chewing and talking with appliances in their mouth that isn’t food. Even though the dentures are not food, the brain recognizes an object in the mouth, secreting saliva at a higher rate. Along with the need to physically adapt, the patient must ‘reprogram’ mouth movement, which can take anywhere from as little as five minutes or a few months. Aside from dentures detaching from the oral tissue after use or for cleaning, dentures can be permanently implanted as well, reducing the sliding and shifting of the denture itself during use.

How Can Dentures Help Me?

Dentures assist the patient with the following:

  • Mastication: Chewing ability is restored as artificial teeth fill in the edentulous(tooth less) areas.
  • Aesthetics: Presence of dentures provides a natural appearance by supporting the lips and cheek, correcting the appearance of facial collapse resulting from missing teeth.
  • Pronunciation: Improves speech by assisting with words containing certain sounds.
  • Quality of Life: Improvements in self-esteem by form and function of dentures.

A new product in the denture industry, called AvaDent, uses computer aided design to produce incredibly accurate dentures in almost half the time. Utilizing proprietary software to scan an impression, the data is then used to model a denture set built on the digital impression with machine aided precision, producing a set of dentures without the risk of human error during production.

Contact Jerry Winchell D.D.S. about Dentures

Dr. Jerry Winchell and his staff at Jerry Winchell D.D.S. have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose your denture needs, and will explain the process from start to finish, making sure you are educated when it comes to deciding what types of dentures would be best. But before you call to schedule an appointment, take a look at our major services below to find out more about each procedure.

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