When a new denture is inserted into a patient’s mouth, there is a microscopic space between the hard acrylic of the denture base and the gum tissue in the mouth. This gap is normally filled in with a patient’s saliva, which creates a stronger frictional grip for the denture to the ridge of gum tissue.

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DC28.jpgAdequate amounts of saliva are very important and essential to denture wearers. Saliva helps create suction between the acrylic of the denture base and the ridge of gum tissue on which the denture sits. Saliva also acts as a lubricant to prevent irritation and abrasion to the gum tissue that comes in contact with the denture.

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Conventional mandibular dentures for patients with severly atrophic mandibles often times present problems with retention, phonetics, function, and pain due to instability. Endosseous implants have been successfully used to restore edentulous mandibles with implant supported fixed bridges, hybrid prosthetic dentures and removable overdenture prostheses. However, oral rehabilitation utilizing two to four implants to support mandibular overdentures has been shown to have success rates of approximately 96% with implants placed in a one or two stage procedure. Numerous authors have also addressed patient satisfaction with the mandibular overdentures. Meijer et al. has reported that patients with two implant-supported mandibular overdentures had higher satisfaction scores than patients who had complete denture treatment.

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While dentures are excellent teeth replacements for restoring function, comfort and a confident smile, there is an adjustment period after receiving your new dentures. During that time, you may experience short-term difficulties and inconveniencies. This period of fine-tuning is to be expected and may last from 1-3 months. The time varies depending on your general health, the conditions in your mouth, your age and the type of dentures that you receive.

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There are approximately 30,000 new cases of oral cancer reported each year in the United States, and every year 8,000 people die from cancer of the mouth. Men are twice as likely as woman to develop this disease. The death rate from oral cancer is especially high, because it is often discovered late in its development.

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…Dentures Don’t Last Forever. Yes. Denture material is hard and durable, but dentures are no more permanent than eyeglasses. They need to be replaced at certain intervals. They may break if dropped. Even with meticulous care, the natural appearance of denture teeth may change with diet, chewing and age. Several factors could modify the way your dentures fit.

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Dentures need to be cleaned daily to prevent mouth odor, irritation of the gum tissue, mouth sores and infections and to maintain a cosmetic appearance. The goal is to remove soft plaque, food build-up, tartar [calculus] and stain.

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