Posts for tag: dentures
Could this restorative prosthetic be exactly what you need to regain your smile?
Facing tooth loss of any magnitude can be stressful, to say the least. We know that no adult ever expects tooth loss to happen to them. Here at Cape Vista Dental, our Orange City, FL, dentist, Dr. Andrew Yoon, know it’s possible to restore your smile and improve your appearance, no matter if you are missing one or all of your teeth. Are you wondering if dentures could get your smile back on track after tooth loss? Let’s find out!
You may be right for dentures if:
You are looking for an inexpensive way to replace missing teeth: Dental implants can be rather expensive and while they can be a wonderful way to replace missing teeth we know that not everyone can afford them. Our Orange City restorative dentist believes that you should be able to replace your missing teeth without breaking the bank. If you want to restore your smile but you also don’t want to spend tons of money to do it then dentures may be the right fit for you.
You want to restore your smile quickly: We know that having gaps in your smile is anything but pleasant. Maybe you are ready to say goodbye to your incomplete smile and just get your new restoration quickly. Dental implants can take up to one year or more before you finally get your full replacement tooth. If you want your restoration sooner rather than later then you won’t get any more convenient than dentures.
You don’t want to undergo surgery: Not everyone feels comfortable going through oral surgery in order to replace their missing teeth. While we ensure that you don’t feel discomfort during your procedure we also know that this more invasive treatment isn’t always ideal for everyone. If you want to replace your missing teeth but don’t want to have to go through surgery then you may want to consider dentures.
Do you have questions about getting dentures in Orange City, FL? Want to find out if you are a good candidate for this oral prosthetic? Then it’s time you called Cape Vista Dental today to learn more.
Not long ago, the most affordable option for total tooth loss was a removable denture. Dentures, prosthetic (false) teeth set in gum-colored acrylic plastic bases, can effectively restore function and appearance. But the appliance continues to have one major drawback: it can accelerate bone loss in the jaw.
Like other living tissues, older bone cells die and become absorbed into the body (resorption). Normally they're replaced by newer cells. The forces generated when we chew our food travel through the teeth to stimulate this new growth. This stimulus ends when we lose our teeth, and so cell replacement can slow to an abnormal rate. Eventually, this causes bone loss.
Removable dentures can't provide this stimulation. In fact, the pressure generated as they compress the gums' bony ridges can even accelerate bone loss. That's why over time a denture's fit can become loose and uncomfortable — the bone has shrunk and no longer matches the contours of the dentures.
In recent years, though, a new development has been able to provide greater support to dentures while at the same time slowing or even stopping bone loss. We can now support dentures with dental implants.
Implants are best known as individual tooth replacements: a titanium metal post replaces the root, while a life-like porcelain crown attaches to the post to replace the visible tooth. In addition to providing a longer-lasting alternative to removable dentures, implants provide a very important health benefit: they improve bone density because they mimic the function of natural teeth. Bone cells are naturally attracted to the titanium; they adhere to the titanium post and are stimulated to grow through the action of chewing, increasing bone density and securing the implant's hold in the jaw.
Using the same technology we can support removable dentures, or even full fixed bridges. Rather than rest directly on the bony ridges, a denture can make a secure connection through a coupling system with just a few strategically placed implants. We can also permanently attach a full bridge by fastening it to a few implants with screws.
Not only do we eliminate the pressure from dentures compressing the gums and bone tissue, we can actually stimulate bone growth with the implants. Although more costly upfront than traditional dentures, unlike traditional dentures which must be replaced every five to seven years, long-lasting implants may be more cost-effective over the long-run.
If you would like more information on implant-supported tooth replacement, 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 “New Teeth in One Day.”
Are you considering getting dentures but have a few questions about the process? Dr. Andrew Yoon, your Orange City, FL dentist at ABF Dental, shares some information about the denture process.
What are types of dentures are available?
Several types of dentures are available, including:
- Full Dentures: These dentures replace both your top and bottom teeth. They consist of a row of artificial teeth set in a pink base to match your gums. You will begin wearing these teeth when your mouth has healed fully.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are pulled. In some cases, they may be used as temporary dentures until your mouth heals completely and you can begin wearing full dentures.
- Overdentures: Overdentures fit over tooth remnants. Although you may only have a few teeth fragments of remaining, these remnants often have strong roots that can provide stability for your new dentures.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants that are placed in your jaw. Implants replace the roots of your teeth and bond to your jawbone. Luckily, you don't need an implant for every one of your missing teeth. Just two to four implants can support an upper or lower denture.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used if you have multiple missing teeth but don't need full dentures. These removable dentures feature tiny hooks that attach to the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth.
How do I receive dentures?
Your Orange City dentist makes a mold of your mouth during the first step of the denture process. The mold is used to create dentures that fit your mouth exactly. If you will receive immediate dentures, your dentist places them in your mouth just after extracting your teeth. During the next few months, the fit of your dentures will need to be adjusted periodically to reflect the changes in your mouth as it heals.
When you're ready to receive permanent dentures, wax rims will be placed in your mouth first. Your dentist uses the rims to determine the correct bite and position of your artificial teeth. In a few days, you'll return to the office to test the fit of the dentures. Your new teeth will be temporarily attached to a wax base at this point. After your dentist makes any necessary adjustments, he'll send the base to your lab, and you'll receive your brand new permanent dentures two or three days later.
Are you ready to begin the denture process? Call Dr. Yoon, your Orange City, FL dentist at ABF Dental, at (386) 774-0125 to schedule an appointment.
When you've got a mouth full of glistening teeth, you feel on top of the world--and your smile sure proves it. But when your teeth are failing you, and replacements are needed, it's likely you won’t be flashing as many smiles until you find the perfect dental fit. At Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL, you can rest assured that the best options for replacing your teeth will always be used by Dr. Andrew Yoon and his team. Dentures are one of the leading teeth replacements, as they look and feel like the rest of your teeth and can be installed in your mouth with minimal risk.
The process of making dentures begins when your Orange City dentist takes an impression of your mouth. Next, these impressions are placed on what's known as a dental articulator, which properly simulates the mouth's natural movements and workings. Essentially, the dental articulator examines the interactions between your upper and lower set of teeth so Dr. Yoon can be more confident about placing the dentures.
After that, wax rims are used to help the dental technician figure out where to place the replacement teeth. Once denture teeth are fastened into the correct area, they are further lodged in by wax, which is used to simulate proper gum anatomy.
Once the proper measurements of your mouth are taken, the now-solidified denture wax is stored in a container. Next, dental plaster is poured in with it to further solidify its proper placement, and the wax is boiled out of the dentures. This leaves adequate space for dental acrylic to adhere with the denture.
At this point, you've got your very own custom-made set of new pearly whites! Considering how stable and safe dentures are for any mouth, perhaps it's time you looked into your own teeth replacements by giving Dr. Andrew Yoon of Cape Vista Dental a call today for the oral answers you've been looking for right here in Orange City, FL!
You probably can’t remember a time without your teeth — and can’t imagine life without them. But now it’s a reality: one by one your teeth have become casualties in a long-standing war with dental disease until now they’re all lost.
Total tooth loss (edentulism) can be difficult in more ways than the loss of function — it can be psychologically traumatic as you must now transition from natural teeth to dentures or other restorations. To add to the stress, you probably won’t be able to obtain your permanent restoration immediately because the extraction sites must heal.
To help you with this transition and provide a means for you to have teeth during the healing period, we may fit you with an appliance known as an immediate denture. With these temporary teeth replacements, you can maintain your smile appearance, chew food and speak unimpaired.
Initially, immediate dentures should fit well, but over time your gums will tend to shrink as they heal. This can loosen the dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear. If the healing process is still ongoing and you still need to wear the immediate dentures, they can be relined with more denture material to fine-tune the fit.
At some point, though, we must consider creating a new, permanent set of dentures. When your mouth is fully healed, we can make a more accurate impression that we can then use to construct your new set. There are also other options, such as using dental implants to support a denture or a fixed bridge. This option will only be possible, however, if you have sufficient bone available to fully support it, which we might also be able to augment with grafting.
Immediate dentures serve a worthwhile purpose, but only for a temporary period. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you to help you find the right permanent solution that fits both your mouth’s condition and your financial ability.
If you would like more information on transitioning to teeth replacement, 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 “Immediate Dentures.”