Dentures can replace your missing teeth and improve your quality of life. With practice, eating and speaking will be easier. You can smile freely without feeling embarrassed.

Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth. There may be only a small change in how you look. Full dentures may even give you a better smile. Dentures also support the cheeks and lips so the face muscles do not sag and make you look older.

Types of Full Dentures

Immediate Dentures: These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. Because of the muscular readjustment required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are placed immediately after tooth extraction won’t fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete.

Conventional Full Dentures: After a period of time, permanent dentures that conform to your mouth with
near perfect accuracy can be fabricated. These are carefully crafted to look as much like your own natural teeth as
possible, and are able to function properly in your mouth for a long time.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it’s possible for it to
be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants (generally
three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a great
balance of comfort, functionality and value.

Types of Partial Dentures

Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.

Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-constructed, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework. If you have multiple teeth missing or all teeth missing from your lower and/or upper jaw, Dr. Yu may recommend dentures to replace your missing teeth. Modern dentures look real like your natural teeth and are comfortable.

How Dentures Work
If you have many or all teeth missing from the top or bottom of your jaw, Dr. Yu may suggest dentures. A full denture replaces all your teeth on the top or bottom of your jaw. A “partial denture” replaces a few missing teeth and fits like a puzzle piece in your smile. Modern dentures look like natural teeth and are more comfortable than their predecessors. The porcelain “false teeth” in a denture are attached to a gum-colored base which is held in place by denture adhesive, clasps that attach to existing teeth, or dental implants. Dr. Yu will help you determine which type of prosthetic is best for your unique situation.

Caring For Your Mouth
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This increases circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque. Eating a balanced diet is also important to keep your mouth healthy.

You still need regular oral examinations by your dentist even after you have lost your teeth. Your dental office will tell you how often you should have checkups. The mouth and oral tissue are at risk for potentially seriour diseases and should be examined regularly. During your visit, the dentist will look for signs of oral disease such as cancer of the head and neck. Your dentist will also look at your mouth to see if your dentures fit well and see if you need adjustments.

Denture Adjustments
See your dentist if your dentures break, crack, chip, or if any part of the denture becomes loose. Your dentist is the only one who should make repairs to your denture. A person without the proper training will not be able to fix a denture. Do not try to adjust them yourself. Do not use over-the-counter glues on dentures. The contain harmful chemicals and are not useful in fixing dentures.

Relininig is when your dentist adds new material to the underside of the denture base to fit to your gums. Rebasing is when a new base is made using your old denture as a model. The artificial teeth from the old denture are used on the new base.

Appliances for Sleep Apnea

The TAP® device provides a powerful prescription for snoring and sleep apnea. Based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the TAP was designed to keep the airway of the throat open to allow for air to pass. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring or sleep apnea. Both the TAP I® and TAP III TL® holds the lower jaw in a forward position, maintaining a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the small opening. This creates a vibration known as snoring. Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a “red flag” for a serious
condition called obstructive sleep apnea.