If your teeth are compromised or failing and you need to have them removed, you don’t need to live with missing teeth and a self conscious smile while waiting for your gums to heal. To avoid the situation of being without teeth, the Denturist will implement the immediate denture technique. This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present. We are then able to fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may wish. When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture is then inserted. With this technique, you have avoided having to go without any teeth while you go through the healing process.
Since the Denturist is unable to try-in the denture prior to extracting your teeth, certain esthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems, and the results are normally quite good.
It is important to follow the postoperative instructions of our staff or your oral surgeon very carefully.
As healing occurs, the oral tissues recede so denture adjustments may be required. Follow-up appointments are necessary. To maintain the best fit and comfort, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will probably continue to shrink to some degree; however, the rate of change decreases with time. This a natural occurrence, which is to be expected. As the healing process is complete, either a new permanent full denture(s) will be made or your denture(s) will be relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible.
Complete dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of their teeth in a single arch. There are 2 types of complete dentures, standard and precision. Standard dentures may fit comfortably and chew well, but are designed for the average patient using basic tooth shades and shapes.
Every denture patient – especially those with oral tissues which have resorbed (shrunk) or those who have unusual jaw relationships (bite) – may require a personalized denture that utilizes premium materials and precision techniques. With premium personalized dentures, esthetics, comfort, fit and function combine to allow your smile to look more natural.
Complete dentures requires 5-7 appointments plus 1-3 post-insertion appointments which is a follow-up appointment to make sure you are adjusting well to your new teeth. Complete dentures should be replaced every 5-8 years. It is recommended to visit our office annually in order to check your gums, oral tissues and the fit and wear of your dentures. The denturist will inform you when it is time for new dentures or a denture reline.
A removable partial denture is usually made to replace one or more teeth, and is customized to a patient’s specific requirements. Removable partial dentures restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improve the ability to chew and speak clearly.
A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth-and tissue-supported. There are significant differences between theses two types of dentures. These differences are best explained by our staff. Some partial denture designs can even utilize implants for support and retention.
The position, stability and number of remaining teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what style or type of partial denture would be best for you. Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics, a metal/acrylic combination or flexible thermoplastics.
Millions of people experience difficulties associated with missing teeth. These difficulties can severely undermine your self-confidence and quality of life. Missing teeth can compromise your health, eating habits, speech and appearance. When teeth are lost, bone loss usually occurs, which in turn can affect your denture. This can result in the denture becoming loose, which may cause difficulty in stabilization of the denture, decreased chewing ability, and deterioration of the jaw structure over time. One of the best ways to retain a full or partial denture is through dental implants. Although a Denturist cannot place implants, he/she can design and fit the prosthetics for them, suggest a surgeon to place them and co-ordinate the entire treatment plan. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots and form a stable foundation to retain, or even support a denture.
Over time your gums begin to shrink which will create a space between your denture and gums. This can cause your denture to feel loose and you may notice more food getting trapped underneath your denture or more sore spots on your gums. A reline consists of adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture so it fits properly. Relining can restore your denture to a "like new fit". We will need to take an impression inside your existing denture.
Relining affects only the fit of your denture and will not change the appearance or other aspects. A reline may be required every 1-2 years depending on the amount of bone loss over time.
In most cases, the Denturist can restore an existing broken or cracked denture to its original state. Repairs may be required when breakage or chipping occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear.
Most repairs can easily be done in one day. If your denture requires a repair, it may be indicative of underlying problems, including age of the denture, worn teeth, or poor fit. The Denturist is the professional who can best explain how to prevent denture breakage from occurring.