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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.
Do you like to smile? Most people do, and research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that our smiles project our personalities to the world. Unfortunately, smile gaps often dictate how much you want to smile and even in what situations. Dr. Steven Christensen at 4 Dental Health wants his patients to smile broadly as much as they wish. So he offers innovative dental implants in his Layton, UT office. After all, a complete, healthy smile is a happy smile.
What is a dental implant?
The American Academy of Periodontology says that a dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces one lost to injury, decay or gum disease. Preferable to conventional tooth replacements such as partial dentures or bridgework, dental implants improve gum tissue and strengthen the jawbone. Unlike conventional prosthetics, implants reside in the jawbone, just as natural tooth roots do. So dental implants provide patients with superior stability and oral function. Plus, patients love their natural feel and appearance.
Why do they work so well?
The answer to that lies in biochemistry. Implants are made of titanium, a naturally-occurring metal. Amazingly, human bone loves titanium and bonds right to it. So when your dentist inserts a titanium implant device in your jaw, the bone itself begins a bonding process called osseointegration. Osseointegration keeps the implant in place for decades and ensures the jawbone stays strong.
Is the restorative treatment difficult?
If you have good oral health--no decay or gum disease--and have sufficient bone density, you should be able to receive a dental implant to replace your missing tooth. In fact, Dr. Christensen even uses dental implants for patients who have lost multiple teeth in Layton.
The treatment happens right at 4 Dental Health. After a full exam and X-rays, you'll get a simple local anesthetic for a single implant. More complex replacements may need oral sedatives to maximize comfort.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Christensen opens the gums and drills a pilot hole in the jaw. Then, he inserts the titanium implant device, closing the gums with a few sutures. You'll go home to allow the implant and bone to meld together. This may take several weeks, but in the end, the bond will withstand the substantial forces of biting and chewing.
Subsequently, the dentist places a metal extension post and customized porcelain crown on the implant, and the process is complete. Aftercare is just what you've been doing: brushing twice a day, flossing daily and getting six-month hygienic cleanings and check-ups at 4 Dental Health.
How long will you have your implant?
These artificial teeth are so successful that you'll likely have yours for the rest of your life, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. So say goodbye to smile gaps, and say hello to the best tooth replacement option out there--the dental implant. For a consultation with Dr. Christensen, call 4 Dental Health at (801) 889-1044.
There’s no need to give up on your smile—restorative treatments are available that can make it look and feel better. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a candidate for dental crowns, which cover and protect individual teeth and look very natural. Give your damaged teeth a second chance with dental crowns by Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.
A Description of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a small piece of porcelain, ceramic or metal material that’s custom shaped to fit over your existing tooth. The crown, also called a cap, is based on the exact shape of your tooth after some of the enamel has been removed. When the crown is added, it’s similar to covering any old, worn surface with a new, stronger material. Without a crown, the natural tooth would likely continue to wear down and could become vulnerable to decay. With a crown, the tooth is protected from stains and damage.
A Second Chance for Your Smile
Having a new dental crown is like getting a new lease on an aging or worn-down tooth. A porcelain crown is durable enough to last for up to 15 years and can be color-matched to look just like your other teeth. There’s no way for the average person to distinguish a porcelain crown from the rest of your smile. Only you and your Layton dentist will know it's there.
Caring for Your Crown
If you want your new dental crown to last for the maximum time possible, you must take very good care of it daily. Just because it is extremely resilient doesn’t mean that you don’t have to brush and floss around it regularly. Flossing, in particular, is crucial because it helps prevent gum disease, which could put the entire tooth in jeopardy.
Schedule a Crown Consultation
If you have a healthy tooth that needs a renewal, talk to a Layton, UT dentist at 4Dental Health about crowns. Call (801) 889-1044 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Christensen.
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.