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Dentures (dental plates, false teeth and falsies) are artificial, removable dental prostheses constructed to replace missing teeth. Tooth Decay and Gum Disease are the most significant cause of tooth loss (Tooth Extraction) in adult.
 

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One of the first set of dentures were owned by Elected President George WASHINGTON. At the time of his election (1790), he had only one tooth, a lower left bicuspid. This set was manufactured from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth. George Washington never had wooden teeth.
If You Wear Dental Plates, You May Be In Good Company....
  • The following well-known people are:
    Bijou Phillips had false teeth put in at age of 20. Born April 1, 1980
    Martha Raye - August 27, 1916
    George Washington - February 22, 1732
    Winston Churchill – November 30, 1874
    Clark Gable – February 1, 1901
    John Frusciante - the Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist. Born March 5, 1970
    Kate O'Mara - Dynasty and Howard's Way. Born August 10, 1939
    James Dean - lost his front teeth in a trapeze accident. Born February 8, 1931
    Harrison Ford - has some false teeth. Two were pulled by a dentist after they were damaged when he fell on a gun. Born July 13, 1942
    Lemmy of Motorhead - Born December 24, 1945                        Whitney Elizabeth Houston - (August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012) - was wearing a "maxillary dental prosthesis" and had 11 false teeth.
 

Today dental prostheses are usually composed of acrylic or porcelain teeth (fake tooth, false teeth) mounted in an acrylic base (sometimes with a metal framework)  that resembles the gum.

Key Benefits

  • better chewing (masticatory) abilities
  • develop cosmetic attraction of having natural teeth
  • providing support for your lips and cheeks
  • correcting the elderly collapsed appearance

Types of Plates

  • complete or full if you are missing all the teeth (no teeth) in the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch
  • partial if you are missing some of your teeth (no tooth) in the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch
  • by prices (affordable, cheap, low cost)
  • implant retained (over-denture) for better retention and cosmetic  expression
  • flexible (Valplast®) with elastic biocompatible nylon thermoplastic base resin and an esthetically superior
  • metal framework design (gold and non-gold alloy)  with an acrylic base
  • soft or soft liner for gum with thin tissues over bony areas and  chronically sore gum tissues
The use of a soft lining material (Silastic brand silicone elastomer) with multiple miniature suction cups, improves retention and stability of the Suctioncup Denture. Dentists (and patients) love it. Upper denture has about 200 multicups. Lower denture - around 150. 
 

Problems

New dental prostheses sense as "food" and send messages to the salivary glands to produce more saliva.
Its will also be cause of sore spots as they rub and press on the gum and soft tissue. A few adjustments for the weeks following initial insertion can take care of this issue.

Gagging is another concern for some patients. This may be due to a denture that is too loose fitting, too thick or  extended far enough onto the soft palate.

Gagging reflex may also be attributed to psychological denial of the denture. It is the most difficult to treat since this is out of the dentist's control. Implant retained or over-denture may have to be constructed.

Sometimes could be a stomatitis under the dental plates, which is caused by accumulation of germs.

A reline is the process of adding silicone soft denture liner to the base material to fill in where it no longer fits due to bone loss.

 
No matter how well your dental plates are made or how ideal their initial fit, using denture adhesive will help maintain denture stability and confidence: Poligrip Original, Poligrip Ultra Fresh, Poligrip Extra Care, Poligrip Free, Poligrip Powder, Poligrip Strips
 
Sometimes broken dental plates need repair, alignment and adjustments.
 

Daily Cleaning

DAILY cleaning is necessary to prevent build-up of plaque, food, calculus (tartar), and stain which can cause:
  • Problems with appearance or esthetics
  • Bad breath
  • Irritation to the tissues under the dental plate and gum disease
  • Infections in the mouth

THE MOST effective way for this cleaning is by daily brushing, in combination with soaking in a chemical solution.

 
BRUSH regularly after each meal, or at least before bed with a denture brush, regular soft toothbrush, or ultra-soft toothbrush, or toothbrush V-Trim. But use a separate toothbrush for cleaning any natural teeth you have.

USE water and mildly abrasive toothpaste, Polident Dentu Creame, Polident Dentu Gel or foaming antibacterial Polident® cleanser.

REACH all surfaces and all areas thoroughly.

RINSE the dental plates well under water after meals to remove loose food debris.

 
SOAK (additional to cleaning!) in a solvent (such as Efferdent®, Polident® Whitening, Polident 3 Minute, Polident for Smokers, Polident Partials) or a detergent with a chemical action that removes or loosens light stains and deposits. Rinse the denture with water afterwards very well to remove all traces of cleaning solution. Chemical immersions can be done daily or several times a week.
 
LEAVE your dental prosthesis out overnight, or out of the mouth for a period of 6 to 8 hours daily. Your gum will have a chance "to breathe". This also could reduce infections of the soft tissues under the plate.
 
KEEP them in tap water or a cleanser (such as Fixodent®), when they are not in your mouth or while you sleep at night. Wet environment allows to maintain the proper fit.
 

Some Helpful Hints:

  • WHEN BRUSHING the appliance do not hold it firmly or with pressure as this can break it.
  • ALWAYS fill the sink half filled with water, then make cleaning your dental plates over the sink, just in case they slip out of your hands by accident to prevent breaking.
  • DO NOT soak or rinse in hot water, this can distort the shape and fit of the denture.
  • NEVER scrape the appliance with sharp instruments in an attempt to remove hard deposits. Scouring powders or other abrasive cleaners should not be used because they damage the denture.
  • AVOID using brushes with stiff bristles or hard bristled toothbrush, as they can damage and scratch the material or acrylic base. Scratches make it more susceptible to collecting debris, plaque and stain.
  • DO NOT use regular toothpaste, bleach, vinegar or soap.
  • ULTRASONIC cleaning device is available at major drug stores and online retailers to remove heavy stain and calculus (tartar) at your home.
 

Care of your Teeth, Gum and Soft Tissue

NOT ONLY your dental prostheses need maintenance, but attention also requires to be given to the surrounding tissues.
 

Remaining natural teeth:

  • It is very important to keep any remaining natural teeth free of plaque and Tooth Decay.
 

Gum disease:

Gum Disease is a serious illness that attacks and damages the gums and bone supporting the remaining teeth. In severe case, movable unstable tooth needs to be removed. This disease is preventable with professional treatment and daily oral home care:
  • Brushing properly on a regular basis (2 times a day).
  • Flossing daily and using inter-dental brushes if there is enough space between teeth and behind the last tooth.

Your soft tissues are  important too:

  • The soft tissues and palate should be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush, ultra-soft toothbrush,  or a washcloth. This removes the plaque and debris. It also massages and stimulates circulation of tissues.
  • Before reinsert your dental plates, massage your gums by placing the thumb and index finger over the ridge and use a "press-and-release" stroke.
  • To give your mouth an extra, fresh clean feeling, rinse with a mouthwash several times a day without a plate.
 

If you have any of following problems:

  • trouble chewing food
  • chronic cheek biting
  • difficulty in speech
  • red and inflamed the gum and soft tissues
  • discomfort with wearing
  • plates that once fit no longer because with age, the jaw bones slowly change
  • you may need to have your dentures re-adjustment and/or repair
  • you might need to have a new denture made...
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Looking forward to hearing from you

Aleksandr V. Melekhin, DDS

 

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