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Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
How dentures from your dentist in Peoria, Illinois can help you
Are you wondering if dentures are right for you? It’s a good question, and you shouldn’t make the decision alone. Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental in Peoria, Illinois offers a full range of dental services including dentures, to get you smiling again.
Dentures may be right for you if:
- You are suffering dental pain because of extensive tooth damage or decay
- You have lost some chewing ability because of damaged or missing teeth
- You have been living with an incomplete smile that is affecting your self-confidence
Let’s face it, your smile is important. It’s often the first thing people notice when they meet you. When you stop smiling because of an unsightly smile, it can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence and make you want to avoid social situations.
When you don’t have the full chewing ability because of missing or painful teeth, it can affect your digestion, which affects your overall health.
There are several types of dentures, and Dr. Valerin can help you decide which denture is right for you. Consider:
- Immediate dentures, if you want to have a denture right after tooth extraction; immediate dentures are placed immediately so that you never have to go without teeth.
- Conventional dentures, if you want to only get used to wearing one denture; conventional dentures are made after your tissue has healed usually at 6 to 8 weeks.
- Overdentures, if you want the increased stability of retained tooth roots or dental implants; overdentures are placed over the top of existing tooth roots or dental implants, providing extra stability and increased bone retention.
- Partial dentures, if you only need to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch
Dentures are the right choice if you want to regain your smile. For more information about dentures and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental in Peoria, Illinois today!
If you have missing teeth, your solution to the problem may be dentures. You may have many questions about how this process works and what you can expect. Find out the answers to some common questions about dentures with Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental in Peoria, IL.
What kinds of dentures are there?
A full denture can replace all the teeth in an arch. Replacing all the teeth in the mouth requires a set of full dentures. Partial dentures allow your remaining healthy natural teeth to fit through the denture, incorporating them into the denture and using them as a sort of an anchor to stay in place. Implant-supported dentures use dental implants throughout the arch to anchor a full or partial denture into place.
Do I need dentures?
If you have significant tooth loss, you could benefit from dentures. However, patients missing only one or several teeth may benefit more from another dental restoration like bridgework or a single implant. Dentures require a good at-home oral care routine and commitment to keeping your dental appliance clean.
How do I care for my dentures?
Brush your dentures twice a day with a denture brush and denture cleaner. When you sleep, remove the denture and soak it in a cup of water or denture solution while not in use. Due to their design, dentures cannot be allowed to dry out, making the soaking process crucial to the life of the denture.
Will dentures hinder my ability to speak?
Like any new dental appliance, dentures may take a bit of time to get used to. During this adjustment period, you may have some difficulty speaking. However, as you get used to wearing your dentures, you will also get used to speaking with them. Additionally, appropriately fitted dentures will stay snugly in place in the mouth, preventing difficulties speaking.
Dentures in Peoria, IL
For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental in Peoria, IL. Call (309) 693-2310 to schedule your consultation for dentures with Dr. Valerin today!
If you are one of the 30 million Americans who are missing their teeth, you are probably well acquainted with dentures. But what are your options when it comes to choosing the right style denture for you? The best way to determine this is to consult with your Peoria, IL dentist at Valerin Dental Group.
A denture is a tooth replacement option which replaces all or most of the teeth on the upper or lower arch. Those patients missing all of the natural teeth in their mouth wear a set of dentures. Dentures help prevent the effects of missing teeth like sagging facial muscles or bone atrophy. Additionally, dentures allow the Peoria patient to speak, eat, chew and smile normally, something that is often taken for granted by those who do not experience tooth loss.
Types of Dentures
- Complete Dentures: Complete dentures benefit patients who are missing all of the teeth in their upper or lower arch. Complete dentures are often the most recognizable style of denture, with an entire arch which fits into a person’s mouth. The fit of complete dentures is important as they are not anchored into the mouth by anything other than suction.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures correct your smile when you have one or several remaining healthy teeth. The denture fits over the teeth and uses them to anchor itself into place. This also prevents your remaining teeth from shifting to compensate for the missing teeth around them.
- Immediate Dentures: Some patients need their remaining natural teeth extracted before they can wear dentures. If this is the case, immediate dentures fabricated before the teeth are extracted, allow the patient to wear their dentures the same day as extraction. This prevents the wearer from going without teeth while their extraction sites heal.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: This style of denture takes advantage of dental implant technology. Titanium posts implanted into the bone underneath your missing teeth anchor the denture into place, preventing it from moving or coming out.
Caring For Your Dentures
While dentures are made to be as durable as possible, they are, unfortunately, not unbreakable. Much like your natural teeth, they can chip, become discolored or break altogether. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to commit to a great at-home oral care routine. Clean your dentures using a brush and cleaner made specifically for dentures. It is never a bad idea to place a folded towel underneath your work area so, if they fall, the dentures have a cushion to fall onto to prevent damage. Lastly, soak your dentures when they are not in use.
For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental group in Peoria, IL. Call (309) 693-2310 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!