Traditional and Implant-Retained Dentures
A missing tooth takes a toll on your self-esteem, your health and your day-to-day life. No one should feel like they can’t smile with confidence or eat certain foods when numerous options for tooth replacement exist. While dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement, dentures are an incredibly affordable and practical solution for replacing your missing teeth.
Current traditional denture technology resembles real teeth more than ever before and fits comfortably. For a more permanent solution, patients can also try implant-retained dentures.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth, traditional removable dentures serve as an affordable, easy replacement that will help you look and feel like normal again.
Dentures are prosthetic, removable teeth inserted into a plastic base resembling your gums. Full dentures are available for those missing all of their teeth on the upper and/or lower jaws. Denture technology uses either suction or adhesion to stay in place.
If you’re missing only a few teeth, partial dentures are available as well. Some types of partials feature clasps that fasten to your other teeth, making them extra secure.
For a tighter and more natural-looking solution to missing teeth, implant-retained dentures may be right for you. Instead of using suction or adhesion, an oral surgeon implants posts into your mouth that serve as the anchor for your dentures. To insert them into your mouth, you simply snap your dentures into the posts. The end result is less sliding and slipping than traditional, removable dentures.
For a seamless fit, these handcrafted implant posts are modeled after the natural structure of your teeth and anchored to the jaw. Eventually, the posts become permanent components of your jaw through a process called osseointegration.
There are three types of Implant-Retained Dentures:
- Removable Implant Overdentures - A cost-effective option requiring fewer implant posts than the other types of Implant-Retained Dentures. At least two implant posts secure a detachable denture, which you can remove in order to clean.
- Fixed Implant Supported Bridges - A very durable solution involving at least four implant posts securing natural-looking dentures. Not only do fixed implant support bridges promote bone health, they also help to maintain taste sensation and restore chewing function.
- Overdentures on an Implant Bar - A very strong support system for your denture using 3-5 implants affixing a dental bar to your jawbone.
Caring for Your Dentures
To maintain the appearance, fit and function of your dentures, they require daily care and maintenance.
Regular toothbrushes and toothpaste are usually too harsh for cleaning your dentures, causing scratches or damages. To clean your dentures, remove them from your mouth and brush them with a special denture cleaning paste using a soft-bristled denture brush. We can connect you with the proper cleaning equipment at our office.
Whenever you remove your dentures from your mouth, you need to keep them moist by placing them in a small container of cool or lukewarm water. If your dentures dry out or are exposed to hot water, they may change shape and no longer fit well in your mouth.
Accidentally dropping your dentures may also cause damage, even if you don’t notice anything wrong. Our office can inspect them for you to make sure they aren’t slightly bent or cracked. These small damages are problematic because the use of ill-fitting dentures can lead to bacterial accumulation and gum sores.
If you think dentures might be a good option to replace your missing tooth or teeth, call our office today to schedule an appointment with Santa Rosa dentist Amanda Delwiche, DDS.