Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Types of Dentures

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted.

This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.

This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.

This removable denture is made when you have some missing teeth and some remaining teeth in your mouth. We take impressions of your teeth and have our lab fabricate partial dentures made of either a metal framework or resin- based partial based on your needs. When we make the partial denture, we try to anticipate future concerns by designing the partial to be able to add teeth onto it if you lose other teeth in the future.

For patients who have dentures that feel “loose”, this removable full denture can be snapped into your mouth and stay there without moving around when you talk, laugh, eat or sneeze. First, implants are placed, then we can reline them to fit your existing denture or fabricate new dentures to enable you to have the most comfortable and retentive denture.

Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.

The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. In fact, it has been reported that dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.*

The Problem with Loose Dentures

Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.

Benefits of Denture Stabilization

  • Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
  • Improves speech and confidence
  • Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
  • Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
  • Often can utilize your existing denture
  • Minimally invasive procedure

About Implant-Supported Dentures (overdentures)

Titanium posts (implants) are inserted into the jaw, where the bone will heal around them. After the implants have healed, your denture is modified to snap onto the implant abutment. The denture will be secure but may be removed for cleaning with a simple “snap”.

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If all your lower teeth are missing, another option may be to stabilize your removable denture using a small number of implants. This can sometimes be a cost-effective solution.

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After healing, abutment posts are attached to the implants. Your current denture can sometimes be modified, or a new denture can be created.

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The modified denture is snapped into place, where it is retained by the dental implants and supported by the soft tissue. You simply snap the denture out each night for cleaning.

What to Expect

Treatment Planning

Your dental professional will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine implant position. Occasionally, a bone or gum tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.

Implant Placement

Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before a denture is secured. Your current denture may be modified to fit over your new dental implants allowing the denture to function and the dental implants to heal.

Overdenture Attachment

Your final denture will be secured in one of two ways depending on your treatment. Your doctor will provide you a new overdenture that will “snap” onto your dental implants. If you have chosen a more advanced method, your new overdenture will be secured in place using screws that fit into the dental implants.

Are You a Candidate?

Dental implants can be placed in most adults. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease implant treatment effectiveness, so first discuss your full medical history with your doctor. Patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan. Please ask your doctor to explain the benefits and risks to see if dental implants are right for you at (727)-323-0377.

Pictures are taken from the Biohorizons.com website at the Overdentures section

In-Office Dental Laboratory

We fabricate all of our Full Dentures in our In-Office Dental Lab, where we have an experienced, full-time lab technician on-site to customize our patients’ dentures and provide the highest quality of service to our patients.

Same-Day Denture Repairs

Additionally, we can provide same-day repairs of dentures. If patients bring in the denture in the morning, and it is something that can be repaired (for example: tooth falls off denture), we will have it back to our patients by the end-of the day.

Please call us for a Free Denture Consultation to answer any questions you may have about your dentures at (727) 323-0377.

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