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Dentures replace missing teeth and complete your smile. They also restore normal biting and chewing functions, improve speech, and provide support for sagging facial muscles due to tooth loss. Several types of dentures are available. Your dentist can recommend the right type of dentures for you. In Layton, UT, dentures are available at 4 Dental Health where Dr. Steven Christensen can fit you for the right type to complete your smile.
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures in Layton: partial and full dentures. There are also different types of full and partial dentures. Partial dentures are used when you still have some natural teeth remaining and do not need to replace all of your teeth. The natural teeth are left in place, while the partial dentures fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. Full dentures are used when there are no natural teeth remaining and all your teeth need to be replaced.
Removable Partial Dentures- For this type of denture the replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base resembling natural gums. The removable partial denture attaches to your remaining natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. A primary difference between metal clasps and precision attachments is that metal clasps are readily noticeable, while precision attachments are barely visible and more discreet.
Overdentures- These are another type of removable denture. They can be used whether you still have some natural teeth or none remaining. This type of denture is held in place by either dental implants or your remaining natural teeth. The teeth or dental implants provide support and stability for the dentures. If the overdentures will be held in place by your teeth, the dentist first prepares the teeth to ensure they can provide sufficient support and stability.
Full dentures/Complete dentures- They are used to replace teeth when no natural teeth remain. Two specific types of full dentures are immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are placed over the teeth right away or immediately following extraction of any remaining damaged teeth. Immediate dentures are usually intended to be worn temporarily while the gums heal. Conventional dentures are worn long-term but cannot be fit in place until the gums have healed from extraction, which is usually after six to eight weeks.
Different types of dentures are available to best suit your needs. Your dentist can recommend the right dentures for you. To find out what type of dentures are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen, your Layton, UT, dentist for dentures, by calling 4 Dental Health at (801) 889-1044.
Restoring your smile is easy when you wear dentures. Layton, UT, dentist, Dr. Steven Christensen, shares information on the various types of dentures available.
Replace your lost teeth right away with immediate dentures
Immediate dentures provide an excellent option if you don't want to be toothless while your mouth heals from a tooth extraction. Before your teeth are removed, an impression of your mouth will be taken and used to create your dentures. The new dentures will be placed in your mouth immediately after extraction. Immediate dentures can help ease the adjustment process and ensure you look your best. They will need to be readjusted periodically as your mouth heals.
Full dentures restore your entire smile
When you've lost all of your upper and lower teeth, you'll want to consider full dentures. The dentures are constructed from molds of the ridges of your mouth and rest against your gums. During the first several months that you wear your full dentures, you may need to return to Dr. Christensen's Layton office a few times for adjustments. The ideal fit will prevent the dentures from slipping and irritating your gums and will also make it easier to speak clearly.
Overdentures take advantage of teeth roots
Because your teeth roots are responsible for keeping your jawbone strong, it doesn't make sense to remove teeth with healthy roots, even if they're damaged. Overdentures are designed to fit over damaged or broken teeth.
Implant-supported dentures offer excellent comfort
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants, tiny screw-like posts that bond to your jawbone. Because the dentures are firmly attached to the implants, biting and chewing are more comfortable. One arch of implant-supported dentures is supported by about six to eight implants.
Missing a few teeth? Try partial dentures
Partial dentures are a good option if you still have remaining teeth but need to fill a gap in your mouth. They consist of a row of artificial teeth connected to hooks that attach the removable dentures to your teeth.
Not sure which type of dentures is right for you? Call your Layton, UT, dentist, Dr. Steven Christensen, at (801) 889-1044 to schedule your appointment.
If you’ve had the misfortune of losing all or most of your teeth (a condition called edentulism), you still have effective options for restoring lost form and function to your mouth. There is, of course, the traditional removable denture that’s been the mainstay for edentulism treatment for decades. If you haven’t experienced significant bone loss in the jaw, though, a fixed bridge supported by titanium implants could be a better choice.
But what if bone loss has ruled out an implant-supported fixed bridge? There’s still another option besides traditional dentures — a removable “overdenture” that fits “over” smaller diameter implants strategically placed in the jaw to support it.
A removable, implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages for edentulism patients with significant bone loss.
Speech Enhancement. Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who’ve previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.
Hygiene. A removable denture allows better access to implant sites for cleaning. Better hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and further bone loss.
Long-Term Maintenance. Regardless of which type of implant supported restoration is used, it will eventually require some maintenance. A well-designed removable overdenture can make any future maintenance easier to perform.
Aesthetics. For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test — how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”
To find out which restoration option is best for you, you should first undergo a thorough examination to determine the status of your facial and jaw structures, particularly the amount of bone mass still present. Ultimately, though, the decision should be the one that best fits your functional needs, while fulfilling your desires for your future smile.
If you would like more information on tooth restoration options, 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 “Fixed vs. Removable: Choosing Between a Removable Bridge and a Fixed Bridge.”
At first glance, you might think at-home denture repair belongs in the same category as Do-It-Yourself brain surgery and cloning your pet in the kitchen sink. But the fact is, you can actually buy a variety of DIY denture repair kits on line, send for them through the mail, even pick them up at some drug stores;you can even watch a youtube video on how to do your own denture repair. So if you’re feeling like Mr. (or Ms.) Fix-it, should you give it a whirl?
Absolutely not! (Do we even have to say this?) Repairing dentures is strictly a job for professionals — and here’s why:
First off, dentures are custom-fabricated products that have to fit perfectly in order to work the way they should. They are subject to extreme biting forces, yet balance evenly on the alveolar ridges — the bony parts of the upper and lower jaw that formerly held the natural teeth. In order to ensure their quality, fit and durability, dentures are made by experienced technicians in a carefully controlled laboratory setting, and fitted by dentists who specialize in this field. So just ask yourself: What are the chances you’re going to get it right on your first try?
What’s more, the potential problems aren’t just that DIY-repaired dentures won’t feel as comfortable or work as well. Sharp edges or protruding parts could damage your gums, make them sore or sensitive, or even lacerate the soft tissues. And even if these problems don’t become apparent immediately, they may lead to worse troubles over time. Dentures that don’t fit properly can cause you to become more susceptible to oral infections, such as cheilitis and stomatitis. They may also lead to nutritional problems, since you’re likely to have difficulty eating anything but soft, processed foods.
Finally, the kits themselves just don’t offer the same quality products you’d find in a professional lab. That means whatever repairs you’re able to make aren’t likely to last very long. Plus, they contain all sorts of substances that not only smell nasty, but can quickly bond your fingers to the kitchen counter — or to the broken dentures. (Imagine trying to explain that at the emergency room…)
So do yourself a favor: If your dentures need repair, don’t try and do it yourself. Bring them in to our office — it’s the best thing for your dentures… and your health.
If you would like more information about dentures or denture repair, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Dentures” and “Removable Full Dentures.”
Everyone knows that George Washington wore false teeth. Quick, now, what were our first President's dentures made of?
Did you say wood? Along with the cherry tree, that's one of the most persistent myths about the father of our country. In fact, Washington had several sets of dentures — made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, and animal teeth, among other things — but none of them were made of wood.
Washington's dental troubles were well documented, and likely caused some discomfort through much of his life. He began losing teeth at the age of 22, and had only one natural tooth remaining when he took office. (He lost that one before finishing his first term.) Portraits painted several years apart show scars on his cheeks and a decreasing distance between his nose and chin, indicating persistent dental problems.
Dentistry has come a long way in the two-and-a-half centuries since Washington began losing his teeth. Yet edentulism — the complete loss of all permanent teeth — remains a major public health issue. Did you know that 26% of U.S. adults between 65 and 74 years of age have no natural teeth remaining?
Tooth loss leads to loss of the underlying bone in the jaw, making a person seem older and more severe-looking (just look at those later portraits of Washington). But the problems associated with lost teeth aren't limited to cosmetic flaws. Individuals lacking teeth sometimes have trouble getting adequate nutrition, and may be at increased risk for systemic health disorders.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of ways that the problem of tooth loss can be overcome. One of the most common is still — you guessed it — removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are well-designed and properly fitted offer an attractive and practical replacement when the natural teeth can't be saved. Working together with you, our office can provide a set of dentures that feel, fit, and function normally — and look great too.
There are also some state-of-the art methods that can make wearing dentures an even better experience. For example, to increase stability and comfort, the whole lower denture can be supported with just two dental implants placed in the lower jaw. This is referred to as an implant supported overdenture. This approach eliminates the need for dental adhesives, and many people find it boosts their confidence as well.
If you have questions about dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Removable Full Dentures” and “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”