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Edentulism, the loss of all of a person’s teeth, is more than an appearance problem. As one in four Americans over 65 can attest, total tooth loss can lead to emotional suffering, social embarrassment and a lack of nutrition caused by limited food choices.
But there are solutions like the removable denture, an effective dental restoration for more than a century. In its current advanced form, the removable denture is truly a functional, affordable and attractive way to restore lost teeth.
Creating an effective denture begins first by taking detailed impressions of a patient’s gum ridges. We use the measurements obtained from this process to create a plastic resin base colored to resemble the natural gums. Using old photos and other resources documenting how the patient looked with teeth, we choose the best size and shape of porcelain teeth and then position them onto the base.
Finally, we fine-tune the dentures the first time they’re in the patient’s mouth to make sure they have a secure fit and a balanced bite when the jaws come together. We also want to be sure the dentures are attractive and blend well with other facial features. The result: a new set of teeth that can do the job of the old ones and look nearly as real and attractive.
Dentures, though, do have one major drawback: they can’t stop bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth. In fact, they may even accelerate bone loss due to the pressure they bring to bear on the gum ridges. Continuing bone loss could eventually cause their once secure fit to slacken, making them less functional and much more uncomfortable to wear.
But a recent innovation could put the brakes on bone loss for a denture wearer. By incorporating small implants imbedded at various places along the gums, a denture with compatible fittings connects securely with the implants to support the denture rather than the gum ridges. This not only relieves pressure on the gums, but the titanium within the implants attracts bone cells and stimulates their growth.
Thanks to this and other modern advances, dentures continue to be a solid choice for tooth replacement. Not only can they restore a lost smile, they can improve overall health and well-being too.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”
Living with missing teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem and the functionality of your smile. Luckily, you can replace your missing teeth and restore function to your mouth to eat, speak, and smile normally with dentures. Knowing your options when it comes to replacing your teeth can help you fill in the gaps in your smile. Find out more about dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ.
What kinds of dentures are available?
When you think of dentures, you may envision a full set of teeth sitting in a cup. However, wearing dentures does not necessarily mean you do not have any teeth in your mouth at all. Though a full denture, which replaces all the teeth on an arch, is available, your dentist offers other teeth replacement options as well.
Partial dentures replace most of your teeth, using your healthy natural teeth which remain as an anchor. The natural teeth fit through the denture and become an active part of your smile, receiving the stimulation they need to avoid issues like bone atrophy and shifting teeth.
Immediate dentures benefit patients who require extraction of their remaining healthy teeth. These dentures can be worn immediately after an extraction procedure and act as a kind of band-aid during the healing process.
Implant-supported dentures can be a partial or full denture which is held in place by dental implants and become a permanent, non-removable part of your smile. Your dentist surgically places dental implants into the bone and uses them to hold a denture, which fits onto the implants, in place.
Dentures in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
If you have missing teeth, you may benefit from dentures. Replacing your teeth now can avoid potentially serious side effects like bone atrophy, shifting teeth, and other issues. For more information about dentures or how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Monahan and Dr. Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ, and Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ. Call (480) 949-7900 to schedule your appointment in Scottsdale, or (602) 944-7199 to schedule your appointment in Phoenix today!
Missing teeth can take a huge toll on your appearance and your ability to eat and chew. However, replacing your teeth may seem like a huge undertaking. Luckily, dentures can restore your smile and help you look and feel great once again. Find out more about dentures and their benefits with Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry with locations in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ.
How can dentures help my smile?
Dentures’ most obvious benefit is the new, improved smile that comes with them. This self-esteem boost of a procedure breathes new life into a patient’s mouth, allowing them to speak and laugh freely and confidently, without worrying about what others will think about the gaps in their smile. In addition to their aesthetic value, dentures also restore the biting surface of the teeth, allowing patients to eat and chew easier and, in some cases, speak clearer.
What type of dentures do I need?
If you have no more remaining natural teeth, full dentures could be for you. These will replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch and stay in place using suction. Partial dentures benefit those with one or more remaining healthy teeth. The healthy teeth slide through the denture and fit in with the prosthetic teeth. The natural teeth serve as a kind of anchor to keep the denture secure in the mouth. Implant-supported dentures permanently place dental implants into the mouth to hold a full arch of prosthetic teeth in place. This type of denture does not require removal or soaking and remain in the mouth at all times.
Dentures in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix, AZ
Consult with your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants and if they are the right choice for you. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry with locations in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ. Call (480) 949-7900 to schedule your appointment in Scottsdale, (480) 897-2525 to schedule your appointment in Tempe, or (602) 944-7199 to schedule your appointment in Phoenix, AZ today!
Not sure which type of dentures are right for you? Drs. Scott Sutton and Shawn Monahan of Waterfront Dentistry can help. The dentists have fitted countless Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ residents with dentures over the years. They share some information that will help you make your decision.
You're probably most familiar with full dentures. These dentures consist of a row of false teeth attached to a pink base. Full dentures replace your bottom and top teeth and are held in place against your gums with denture adhesive. When you receive full dentures, you'll visit your dentist several time to ensure that your dentures fit well and allow you to speak and eat easily.
As the name implies, you receive immediate full or partial dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted. Before your teeth are pulled, your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale dentist will make impressions of them, which will be used to create your immediate dentures. Since changes in your gums and jaw can occur after tooth extraction, your dentures may need to be adjusted or relined a few months after you receive them. Some people prefer immediate dentures because no one ever sees them toothless, and they can immediately begin to adjust to speaking and eating with dentures.
Partial dentures replace several missing teeth. These dentures are removable and feature hooks that attach to teeth on either side of the gap.
Overdentures are a good choice if you have broken teeth with healthy roots. Preserving teeth roots is important because the roots help keep your jaw strong. Tooth roots also provide a more stable foundation for your dentures.
Although dental implants are frequently used to replace one or two missing teeth, they're also a good choice for dentures. Removable implant-supported dentures are securely attached to two or more dental implants. Before you receive your dentures, your dentist adds tiny titanium implants to your jawbone. Over the next three to six months, the implants fuse to surrounding bone, providing a stable base for the dentures that will be attached to them.
Ready to transform your smile with dentures? Call your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ dentists, Drs. Scott Sutton and Shawn Monahan of Waterfront Dentistry today.