Guidelines for the maintenance of complete dentures have been talked about for years, without the availability of an agreed body of literature and expert opinion upon which to base our recommendations. This position has just been changed by a publication that comes from the American College of Prosthodontists, that has been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, and shortly to appear in the ACP Journal also.
While the article describes the background to the recommendations, the recommendations are reproduced below. Do not hesitate to contact us if there is any aspect of these recommendations that you might wish to discuss.
As a Vancouver dentist and prosthodontist, I have a number of complete denture patients who ask why they need to have their prosthodontic work brought back for an adjustment service or recall examination. The short answer is that once your natural teeth have been removed there can be significant shifting in the mouth that causes the dentures to fit less than optimally.
An important part of our practice is about educating patients so that they fully understand the work that is being performed and what they hope to expect as a reasonable outcome. Beyond this, we want our patients to become raving fans of our work and spread the word to others who may have a similar need. Dental implants are a great example of a service we provide that provides dramatic life-changing benefits to individuals, no matter what age they may be.
A recent anecdote really hammered this home. A client who had had a very tricky set of dental implants installed was so thrilled with the work that she made a habit of telling everyone she knew about it. Her raving reviews generated new patients for years to come. She was a wonderful lady, and the dental implants had really changed her life for the better.
Smoking wreaks havoc on your teeth, gums oral hygiene, dentures, dental implants, and just about everything else associated with the mouth. If you thought that lung cancer and other lung-related maladies were the only things you had to worry about as a smoker, read this article.
Let’s start by talking about your teeth. Once we shed our baby teeth and grow adult teeth, they become the teeth we will use for the rest of our lives. According to a U.S. study, smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as are non-smokers, making smoking one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If your teeth don’t fall out, there’s a good chance you’ll develop a dangerous layer of bacterial plaque, as your teeth will take on a sickly, yellow color. As well as being un-healthy, discolored teeth are aesthetically un-pleasing.
Dental implants, as recommended by your prosthodontist, are an excellent solution for patients that are missing a tooth or several teeth. Here are 3 frequently asked questions for patients considering dental implants:
Why consider implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth?
Once the dental implant has been placed, bone loss from that area is virtually halted in most cases. If a dental implant can support a replacement crown, there may be no need to prepare and restore the adjacent teeth to carry a replacement bridge of the missing tooth. Further, if a dental implant can support a replacement crown(s), no denture may be required. The sooner that a dental implant can be placed, the better the chance that bone and soft tissue loss will not compromise the appearance of the replacement tooth/crown.