Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image. It can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable restorative dental treatment and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures.
Fixed (Implant-Secured) Dentures
If applicable, most patients opt for fixed dentures due to their durability and stability. Fixed dentures are secured by dental implants, which provide a stable, functional foundation to the dentures. The dental implants cannot be seen because they are deep-rooted into the jawbone to provide a firm foundation for your new dentures. Patients can receive anywhere from 2-6 dental implants to help secure their dentures. Dr. Rever will walk you through the process to make sure patients are well informed.
Under local anesthetic, Dr. Rever will insert the appropriate number of dental implants into the mouth. For patients to receive the best results possible, Dr. Rever will assess what the best healing practices are for their oral health. Sometimes a set of temporary teeth is applied during the healing process. Once the implants and the jawbone have fused, patients will receive their fixed dentures and are one step closer to a bright, healthy smile.
Depending on the number of teeth lost and your overall oral health, Dr. David Rever will determine whether you may need partial or full dentures. The primary function of dentures is to allow patients to resume normal chewing, talking, and eating functions. Dr. Rever will work with you to figure out what kind of dentures will give you the best results.
Some types of dentures include:
- Transitional Dentures: Applied as a patient’s transition into wearing dentures. Due to the reshaping of the gums and the surrounding area, immediate dentures will not fit as well as permanent dentures once the healing is complete. However, it does help the patient’s transition to wearing dentures.
- Conventional Dentures: Full and partial dentures are carefully crafted and customized to fit into your mouth. Dr. Rever skillfully places these dentures into the mouth to ensure a great fit. Patients can obtain dentures that match their existing teeth, as well as providing a functional, comfortable smile.
Dentures & Partials: What to Expect
Making quality dentures is a blend of science and art. First, an accurate impression is made of the alveolar ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth. The base of the denture is made from this mold in a dental laboratory. Working together, the dentist and lab technician choose from among many different sizes and shapes of prosthetic teeth to re-create a natural-looking smile. When everyone is satisfied with the result, the temporary dentures are made in permanent form.
To enable normal speech and eating, it’s crucial to balance your bite. This means that the upper and lower dentures come together and properly stabilize each other. The form and function of the dentures are carefully checked to ensure that they are working and fitting properly.
If you’ve recently lost your teeth and received an immediate denture, it’s normal to find some tissue shrinkage and bone loss occurring. Therefore, in several months you may find that the immediate dentures no longer fit well. You will have two choices at this point: You can have your immediate (temporary) dentures re-lined.
This means that material is added under the denture’s base to better conform to the new contours of your alveolar ridge. A better option is to move to a set of conventional full dentures, which will last longer and fit better. With proper care, dentures offer a functional, aesthetic, and economical solution to the problem of tooth loss.
Dentures & Partials FAQs
Can you permanently attach dentures?
- Yes! We can create modern dentures that are permanently attached to dental implants. This restoration is called implant-supported dentures. It is a very common and successful treatment for missing teeth. This is the number one choice among patients looking to replace a full row of teeth and old dentures.
Can I get dental implants if I already have dentures?
It is possible to get dental implants if you currently wear dentures. The process may include a bone graft to restore jawbone so that your dental implants fit snuggly. It may also include other procedures since wearing dentures for a long time can affect your structure.
What should I do if I have a broken denture?
Stop wearing it. Broken and damaged dentures can cause damage to your sensitive mouth tissue. Schedule a visit with your dentist or Dr. Rever for a consultation to fix or replace your dentures.
Can you whiten dentures?
Yes. in most cases, whitening dentures can be done at home. You can purchase a denture bleaching product at your local pharmacy. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to whiten your denture periodically.