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What is total dental prosthesis?

Complete dental prostheses are also known as palate prosthesis among the public. It is a type of removable prosthesis that is applied in cases where there are no teeth on the jaw and fits directly on the palate. The main structure of the prosthesis is a pink material called acrylic. The teeth on the prosthesis can be made of materials such as white acrylic or porcelain.

How many days does it take to make full dentures and how many times do I need to come to the clinic?

It takes an average of 15-20 days to make full dentures. Generally, 4 sessions are required. In the first session, measurements are taken from the patient’s mouth and sent to the laboratory. In the second session, the vertical dimension of the prosthesis is determined. In the third session, the teeth of the prosthesis are aligned and a rehearsal is made in the patient’s mouth. The prosthesis is finished in the 4th session. After the prosthesis is installed, the patient must come to control sessions at regular intervals.

Are full dentures easy to use, how long does it take for me to get used to them?

The comfort and functions of full dentures are lower than fixed dentures and natural teeth. For this reason, it is more difficult to use than fixed prostheses. Bruises may occur on the palate and cheeks during the adaptation period. There may be difficulties in eating and making some sounds while speaking. During control sessions, necessary adjustments are made to the prosthesis and these complaints are resolved. Although the adaptation process varies from person to person, it takes an average of 1-1.5 months.

Will I have difficulty eating with full dentures, will it come out of my mouth when I cough?

Since these types of prostheses sit directly on the palate, their retention depends on the amount of bone in the palate. If there is enough bone, retention will be good and the patient will not experience any problems. If there is not enough bone thickness, it may be necessary to use denture adhesives.

I am happy with my upper denture, but my lower denture does not hold well. What is the reason ?

The retention of lower jaw complete dentures is generally lower than that of the upper jaw. This is because; There is less space in the lower jaw where the prosthesis can be attached, and losses in the lower jaw bone generally begin earlier. Additionally, the tongue in the lower jaw makes it difficult for the prosthesis to hold.

What do full dentures look like?

Full dentures provide adequate lip and cheek fullness, and the artificial teeth to be used in the prosthesis have different color and material options. In this way, a good aesthetic appearance is achieved.

How should I clean my prosthesis?

It should be taken out after every meal and cleaned with a brush under warm water. Soap can be used during cleaning, but toothpaste should not be used. In addition to brushing, denture cleaning products can also be used. Complete dentures should be removed before going to bed at night and stored in a clean container.

What is the lifespan of a full denture?

Patients can use it for many years as long as they use it carefully and pay attention to the hygiene of the prosthesis. However, over time, with the melting of the jaw bone, loosening of the prosthesis may occur. In such cases, the prosthesis may need to be repaired or renewed by filling its interior.

If my prosthesis breaks or cracks, can it be repaired?

In full dentures, situations such as fractures, cracks or one or more of the teeth falling out may occur due to dropping or impact. In such cases, repair of the prosthesis is possible depending on the size of the fracture or crack. Lost teeth can be replaced with new ones. However, in large fractures, the prosthesis may need to be renewed.

Do systemic diseases prevent the use of complete dentures?

Systemic diseases do not prevent the use of complete dentures. However, in some diseases such as diabetes, wounds heal slower. Additionally, if hygiene is not taken into consideration or the prosthesis is not removed at night, fungal infections may occur.

What kind of treatments other than full dentures can be applied to edentulous patients?

In addition to full dentures, implant-supported fixed or removable dentures can also be applied to patients who have lost all their teeth. The retention and comfort of these types of dentures are higher than full dentures. For implant-supported removable prostheses, generally 2-4 pieces; For fixed prostheses, generally 4-6 implants are required.

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