What is removable dentures? A healthy and aesthetic smile not only increases the self-confidence of the individual, but also has positive effects on social relationships. However, sometimes we may lose our natural teeth or we may need to make changes for aesthetic and functional reasons.

This is where removable dentures come into play. Removable dentures are removable artificial tooth sets used to replace lost teeth. They replace missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally. So, what are the benefits of removable dentures and who are they suitable for?

You can get answers to these questions and detailed information about removable dentures from our specialists in our clinic. Below, we will take an in-depth look at the advantages and application processes of removable dentures.

What is a Removable Denture?

Removable dentures are removable artificial dental appliances used to replace missing teeth. Removable dentures can be designed as full or partial. Full removable dentures are used in cases where all upper or lower teeth are lost, while partial removable dentures are preferred for cases where only certain teeth are lost.

The structure of removable dentures includes artificial teeth, a frame made of metal or plastic, and special retainers that hold the frame in the mouth. The prostheses are custom-designed for the user's mouth, so they provide a comfortable fit and a natural look.

For many people, removable dentures are an economical and practical way to solve the aesthetic and functional problems of tooth loss. However, they require regular maintenance and cleaning. Otherwise, dentures can lose their comfort over time and cause oral health problems.

Total Dentures:

Tüm dişlerin eksik olduğu ağızlara uygulanır.

Parsiel Prostheses:

Klasik Parsiel Protez: Kısmen dişsiz ağrılara uygulanır. Dişler üzerine gelen tırnaklar ve kancalarla tutuculuk sağlanır.

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In which cases are removable dentures necessary?

The necessity of removable dentures varies depending on the individual's tooth loss, oral structure and aesthetic-functional expectations. In general, the necessity of removable prostheses arises in the following cases:

  1. Complete Tooth Loss: If a person has lost all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, a full removable denture is used to fill the gap.
  2. Partial Tooth Loss: If an individual is missing only certain teeth and these teeth are spaced apart or in different areas, partial removable dentures are preferred to complete these gaps.
  3. Situations Not Suitable for Bridges: If there are no strong teeth on either side of the missing teeth or if these teeth are not strong enough to support the bridge structure, removable dentures may be a more suitable option.
  4. Economic Reasons: Compared to fixed prostheses (bridge, implant), removable prostheses are generally more economical. Removable prostheses can be an ideal alternative for individuals who cannot choose fixed prosthesis applications due to economic constraints.
  5. Seeking a Temporary Solution: Removable dentures can be used as a temporary solution while a permanent treatment plan is expected or planned in case of tooth loss.
  6. Periodontal Diseases: In patients with advanced gum disease, if the support structures of the teeth are weakened, it may sometimes be recommended to extract the teeth and make removable prosthesis.

However, it should not be forgotten that it is essential to consult a dentist to make a final decision about the necessity of removable prostheses. The dentist will evaluate your oral and dental structure and recommend the most appropriate treatment method.

Is Removable Prosthesis Painful?

The removable prosthesis procedure does not require a direct surgical intervention; therefore, there is no pain during the application. However, some discomfort may occur in the first days of use. Here are these discomforts and their causes:

  1. Adaptation Process: It may take some time for the new removable dentures to fit properly in the mouth and for the user to get used to the new situation. In the first few days, the denture may feel slightly compressive, there may be discomfort during eating or changes in speech.
  2. Pressure Points: You may experience mild pain or sores where the removable dentures are pressing, especially in the first few weeks. In such cases, your denture may need to be adjusted by a doctor.
  3. Gum Sensitivity: Since removable dentures sit directly on the gums, gum sensitivity or mild pain may be experienced during initial wear.

However, most of this discomfort is temporary and will subside over time. It is important to contact your dentist the first time you wear removable dentures or if you experience any discomfort after prolonged wear. He or she can check the fit of the prosthesis and make any necessary adjustments or give you comforting advice.

However, most of these discomforts are temporary and diminish over time. It is important to contact your dentist the first time you wear a removable prosthesis or if you experience discomfort after prolonged wear. He or she can check the fit of the prosthesis and make any necessary adjustments or give you comforting suggestions.

What is the Lifespan of Removable Prostheses?

The lifespan of removable prostheses may vary depending on many factors. However, we can give the following information in general:

The lifespan of removable dentures may vary depending on the user's oral care habits, regular maintenance of the denture, the user's eating habits, the material of the denture and the structure of the denture. With regular maintenance and checks, the lifespan of removable dentures can be between 5-7 years. However, this can be longer or shorter in some cases.

Here are some factors that can affect the lifespan of removable dentures:

  • Regular Care: Cleaning the prosthesis regularly every day and removing it at night and soaking it in a special solution or clean water can prolong the life of the prosthesis.
  • Regular Check-ups: The structure of the mouth can change over the years. For this reason, having your removable denture checked regularly by your dentist and making the necessary adjustments can prolong the life of the denture.
  • Eating Habits: Biting or chewing very hard foods can cause damage to the denture. Avoiding such habits can prolong the life of the prosthesis.
  • Material and Structure of the Prosthesis: Dentures made with quality materials and the right techniques usually last longer.

As a result, the lifespan of removable dentures varies depending on the individual's use, care habits and regular check-ups by the dentist. To prolong the life of the prosthesis, it is important to follow the recommended care instructions and make regular visits to the dentist.

How to Care for Removable Dentures?

Caring for removable dentures is essential to preserve their functionality, maintain their aesthetic appearance and support your oral health. Here are some basic recommendations for caring for removable dentures:

  1. Daily Cleaning: You should clean your removable dentures every day. Brush gently using a special denture brush and denture cleaner. Using hard brushes or ordinary toothpaste can damage the surface of the dentures.
  2. Night Removal: You should remove your dentures at night and store them in a special denture solution or clean cold water. This helps your gums to rest.
  3. Weekly Deep Cleaning: Once a week or as needed, deep clean your dentures with special denture cleaning tablets.
  4. Gum Care: When you remove the dentures, gently brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft toothbrush. This prevents bacteria build-up and protects your oral health.
  5. Regular Check-ups: Visit your dentist at least once or twice a year to check the fit and condition of your dentures. Over time, your denture may become loose, broken or damaged. The dentist can detect such problems early and make the necessary adjustments.
  6. In case of breakage and damage: If your prosthesis breaks or is damaged, do not try to repair it yourself. This can lead to bigger problems. Contact your dentist directly.
  7. Avoid High Temperature: Soaking in hot water or cleaning in boiling water can distort the shape of dentures. Protect your dentures from high temperatures.
  8. Pay Attention to Storage Conditions: Avoid a dry environment when storing your dentures. If it remains dry, it may lose its shape. When storing your prostheses, always keep them in a moist environment (e.g. in a special solution or water).

Regular maintenance plays a critical role in prolonging the life of removable dentures as well as maintaining your oral health. It is important to contact your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about denture care.

  • How long do removable dentures last?

    The lifespan of removable dentures varies depending on the wearer's oral care habits, maintenance of the denture and eating habits. It is usually recommended to replace them in 5-7 years, but they can last longer if well cared for.

  • Are removable dentures difficult to put in and take out?

    In the beginning, it can be a bit challenging to insert and remove the prosthesis, but after a short period of time it becomes quite simple.

  • What foods can I eat with removable dentures?

    It is recommended to start with soft foods in the first few days and gradually move on to other foods. However, very hard or sticky foods should be avoided.

  • How should removable dentures be cared for?

    It should be cleaned every day with a special denture brush and denture cleaner. It is recommended to remove the denture from the mouth at night and store it in a special denture solution or clean water.

  • Can a removable denture slip and fall out?

    Removable dentures are unlikely to slip or fall if they are designed correctly and are regularly checked for fit. However, such problems may occur with forceful movements or especially during the first use.

  • Do removable dentures look like my natural teeth?

    Modern removable denture designs offer a very natural appearance. However, they cannot completely replace your natural teeth. Nevertheless, the results are aesthetically and functionally satisfying.

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