Dental prosthetics improve quality of life for countless patients, and each is accompanied by different instructions for care and use that vary with the type of prosthetic. Traditional full dentures include a gum-covering portion that serves to hold the artificial teeth in place, much as the jaw and gums do in the mouth. In patients that require only a partial, this can include a brace-like attachment that helps hold and support the partial in place during use. Other patients are candidates for implant-style prosthetics, with a partial or full prosthetic that connects to implants in the jaw for a stronger and more secure placement.
Partial dentures may be removable or fixed, depending on the needs of the patient and the condition of the patient’s jawbone and gums. If there is sufficient jawbone to support an implant, and the gums are healthy, the dentist may offer a fixed prosthetic. The implant is surgically placed and allowed to heal, then the prosthetic, which is custom-made for the patient’s mouth, is attached with strong, damage-resistant devices for a fixed, permanent feel. The same can be done with a full prosthetic, given the right conditions in the patient’s mouth, usually using four or more implants spaced along the jaw for strong support.
Removable appliances or prosthetics are not attached to implants. Instead, these pieces are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth, in a full or partial design depending on the case. The removable design allows the patient to take the prosthetic out for cleaning, and it is also recommended that the dentures be removed overnight. The removal of the prosthetic during sleep is somewhat essential as the non-stop wear of the piece can cause sore gums or lead to premature bone loss in the jaw underneath. The patient will be provided with specific instructions on how to safely clean and store their dentures.
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