When implants are not an option, a removable partial denture might be a good choice for you to replace missing teeth. Partials are replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture. Consult with your dentist to find out if this treatment option right for you.
If you told me in dental school I could change someones life for the better with a set of dentures, I would have called you crazy. But we are doing this almost daily now at Legends Dental!!
A full denture is a fixed or removable appliance which replaces all the natural teeth in an entire arch. Most dentures are made of acrylic but with newer material options we can make these as life-like as you want.
An immediate denture is fabricated before the teeth are extracted and inserted immediately upon the surgery day. The tissue is allowed to heal under the new denture which reduces swelling. An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored which covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Impressions of your mouth will be taken before any treatment is initiated. Once we receive your immediate denture, the teeth will be removed and the dentures placed. The immediate denture acts like a bandaid to control swelling as well as provide you with teeth. Once the gums and bone are healed, we will make a final denture that has a better fit and is more esthetically pleasing.
Dentures are a standard treatment option. However, dentures are not like chewing with your own natural teeth. Implants can be placed to retain the denture firmly on the jaw and improve chewing ability. Implants also keep the bone at an acceptable level. If no implants are placed, the bone will literally disintegrate causing the denture to not fit properly. A lower denture is the most troublesome due to the horseshoe shape, so implants are ideal.
Over time the teeth will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
Unlike traditional dentures that rest on top of your gum line, Implant Supported Dentures are attached to your Dental Implant for stability. This means Implant Supported Dentures fit more securely, preserves your bone, maintain the integrity of the facial structure, and help restore your natural chewing capabilities.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. This type of denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. These can be removable or fixed into the mouth.
Dental Implant-supported dentures are normally made for the lower jaw because traditional dentures tend to be less stable there. For the upper arch, an implant supported denture can eliminate the need for the denture to cover the palate. This is a benefit because when the palate is covered it hinders your ability to smell and taste.
If it is determined you are a great fit for both Mini Dental Implants and Traditional Dental Implants, we carefully assess your needs, determining whether Implant Supported Dentures are the perfect choice for you. Of course, if you have less than the required bone available, traditional dentures may still be the smart option for your needs.
Occlusal splints, or night guards, are used to protect the teeth. If you are a clencher or a grinder (bruxor), you may be wearing your teeth down prematurely. While the phenomenon can happen during the daytime, especially when you are under stress and anxiety, grinding the teeth occurs with more regularity during sleep. A night guard treats bruxism before permanent severe damage to the teeth and TMJ muscles and joints occurs. Clenching and grinding may cause headaches, pain in the facial, cranial, neck, shoulder, arms and back regions. A night guard can decrease these symptoms by shutting the muscle activity off allowing the overworked muscles to relax.
While it is possible to purchase over the counter mouth guards, the fit is not always perfect and may cause more damage the jaw joint or increase the grinding activity. A custom made night guard designed to fit your upper and lower teeth will not only protect the teeth but support the joints and muscles for healthy function for a lifetime.
Over time your night guard will wear down since the material is softer than your teeth. Due to this, your night guard will need to be replaced from time to time. A night guard can be one of the best investments you can make in the lifelong health of your mouth.