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How to Talk to Your Denture Dentist: Essential Terms

Sometimes it seems like denture dentists talk a completely different language from regular folks. That’s not completely true, and many denture dentists are highly skilled at conveying their meaning clearly using only plain language. On the other hand, there are a few terms that can really help you understand what your denture dentist is saying–and allow you to describe your dentures experience to your dentist clearly.

dreamstime_s_29871835Adjustment is a very general term, and refers to any change your denture dentist might make to the fit, appearance, or function of your dentures..

Adhesive is what some people call denture cream.

Anterior refers to the front of your mouth, especially the parts that are visible when you smile.

Arch describes an entire row of teeth, such as your upper teeth or lower teeth. Many people have dentures for both arches, but in some cases people may get single-arch dentures, typically for the upper arch.

Buccal describes the side of your dentures that touches your cheeks (or anything that is against your cheeks). It’s often used instead of a compass direction to orient in your mouth.

Denture Informally, people often use dentures just to describe a removable tooth replacement appliance, but technically it refers to any tooth replacement structure.

Denture Base means all of the denture except for the actual tooth or teeth.

Fixed Partial Denture means dental bridges.

Immediate Denture is also sometimes known as a healing denture. This is the denture you are given immediately after your teeth are removed to help your gums and jaw heal to support your permanent dentures.

Lingual is the “opposite” of buccal–it refers to the side of your dentures closer to your tongue.

Overdenture is a term that is in transition. It used to just refer to a denture that fitted over one or more permanent teeth still in place, but it has come to mean also dentures that fit over dental implants.

Partial Denture vs. Full Denture Full dentures replace an entire arch (though sometimes this is only used to apply to dentures that replace both arches). A partial denture replaces just some of the teeth in your arch.

Posterior the back of your mouth.

Rebase a relatively major denture adjustment in which your false teeth are put on an entirely new denture base.

Reline a minor denture adjustment in which additional plastic is added to the denture base to improve fit.

Resorption is the natural process of your body removing bone it perceives is no longer needed. Without the stimulation of tooth roots, this happens in your jaw. Poor fitting dentures can accelerate this process.

Ridge or alveolar ridge is the bony structure that (used to) support your teeth.

Settling refers to changes in denture fit caused by resorption and other changes in your mouth due to the loss of teeth.

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By |October 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

About the Author:

This post was written by Rod Strickland. Dr. Strickland is a dentist in Savannah, GA. He is the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth® technique.