WHY IS A PROSTHETIC PALATE MADE?
In oral and dental health, each tooth is in a dynamic balance with each other. Chewing problems that occur due to tooth loss can cause unbalanced forces on the jaw joint and cause many temporary/permanent discomfort in our joint. It may also cause problems in the digestive system such as stomach and intestines due to insufficient grinding of food. The higher the number of missing teeth, the higher the incidence and severity of these problems.
Traditional palatal prostheses are divided into two according to the number of teeth remaining in the mouth: ‘Total Prostheses’, which we prepare for completely toothless mouths, and ‘Partial Prostheses’, which we prepare in cases where a small number of teeth remain in the mouth.
Total dentures are removable prostheses, popularly known as palatal prostheses, which we prepare by taking support from the remaining bone tissue in cases where there are no teeth left in our mouth.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TREATMENT WITH PALATAL PROSTHESES?
With these prostheses, we replace not only the teeth lost by our patients, but also the bone tissue and soft tissue lost with the teeth and the lip support. In this way, the collapses and wrinkles that occur due to the loss of support around the mouth and facial area are reduced and disappear.
HOW DO PALATAL PROSTHESES STAY IN THE MOUTH?
When applying total dentures, which we can provide retention with the vacuum effect by creating negative pressure, to the lower jaw, we support the retention and significantly increase the comfort of the prosthesis by placing at least two implants according to the amount of bone remaining in the lower jaw.
WHAT IS A HOOKED PALATE PROSTHESIS?
In traditional partial dentures, more popularly known as hook dentures, we replace the missing teeth in the mouth with the prostheses we prepare, while providing retention with metal clasps extending to the existing teeth. However, today, except in very exceptional cases, we treat partial edentulism with implant treatment or sliding prostheses.
IS A DENTURE DENTURE NORMAL?
Especially in a newly prepared palatal prosthesis, it is quite normal to have events such as dents, wounds and stinging in the first stage. In a few control appointments, these problems will disappear completely after minor adjustments to the prosthesis and adaptation of the tissues to the prosthesis.
HOW SHOULD PALATAL PROSTHESES BE CARED FOR?
Your denture should be removed after meals and cleaned gently. The denture should be brushed with a soft toothbrush or a denture brush, without using paste. The toothpastes we use for our teeth in daily life are abrasive for denture surfaces and can cause scratches. After brushing, the denture should be rinsed thoroughly with running water. For daily denture cleaning, you should put your denture and 1 denture cleaning tablet in a glass of warm water. The water in the glass should be enough to cover the denture. It is sufficient to use the cleaning tablets 2 to 3 nights a week. Otherwise, it is sufficient to soak the dentures in water at night. If your denture becomes loose and incompatible with your mouth, you should go to your dentist for a check-up. Loose dentures can cause irritation, mouth sores and infection. In such cases, you should see your dentist without delay.