Dentures — Bonita Springs, FL
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Are you missing teeth? Millions of Americans are missing some or all of their teeth and therefore require dentures. Dentures are one of the most common dental treatments to replace some or all teeth missing in the mouth. Pelican Landing Dental offers several different denture treatments. If you would like to learn more about the different types of dentures, feel free to read below. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us any time!
There are several different types of dentures. We will begin by discussing the similarities and differences between each type.
When you think of dentures, it is likely that you are thinking of complete dentures. A complete denture is used for patients that have lost all of their teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. A complete denture is made of a gum colored hard acrylic base holding either porcelain or acrylic teeth. The result often cannot be distinguished from naturally healthy teeth. Complete dentures are held in place largely by the tissues in the mouth. An upper denture is retained in part by a suction created with the soft tissues of the palate.
Often patients have teeth that are hopeless and therefore require a denture. Many patients are unable to or unwilling to have a healing period prior to denture delivery where they are missing all of their teeth. In these situations, immediate dentures can be created. The fabrication of immediate dentures consists of removal of some of the teeth in the mouth (often those in the back of the mouth preserving the visible teeth) followed by a period of healing. In the meantime the dentures are fabricated. The custom dentures are then delivered on the same day the front teeth are removed. With this procedure, patients do not have any period of time without visible teeth in the mouth.
Removable Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are used when there are one or more teeth missing in the mouth. While variations exist, a partial denture is generally fabricated of a metal framework with a gum colored acrylic base and denture teeth. Partial dentures are held in place mostly by metal clasps that essentially hook onto existing teeth in the mouth.
Some patients have lost significant amounts of bone after teeth have been lost. Others have different anatomical difficulties with soft tissue and musculature. In these cases, a complete denture may not stay in the mouth sufficiently. In these cases, dental implants can be used to assist in retention of a denture. When overdenture treatment has been planned, several implants will be placed in the upper or lower jaw. After a period of healing and bone growth between the implant and the jaw, the underside of a denture is altered so that the denture can snap onto the implants. The result is a reduction of slipping, sliding, and dislodgment of the denture.
Hybrid dentures are an amazing treatment option. A hybrid denture is for the patient without any teeth in one or both of the arches that wants the most stable long-term option. A hybrid denture is a denture with specific attachments designed to screw onto several implants. Professional cleanings are required for hybrid denture patients usually at 3 or 4 month intervals.
Hybrid dentures correct many of the deficiencies of the other denture treatments. Because they are fixed they do not slip, slide, rock, or dislodge. Patients who have obtained hybrid denture treatment report excellent levels of satisfaction.
If you’re ready to regain a complete, confident smile after suffering from moderate to severe tooth loss, dentures are an excellent option! However, it’s likely that you have some questions that need answers before you’re ready to commit to a treatment plan. After all, determining which method of replacing missing teeth is best for you is a big decision! At Pelican Landing Dental, we want you to feel 100% confident in any service you choose, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dentures below so you can learn more about them!
What’s the Best Type of Denture?
Many people are somewhat surprised to learn that there are so many different types of dentures. It can feel somewhat overwhelming trying to pick which one is best for your unique smile! That’s why if you’re interested in dentures, your first step should be to come visit us for a consultation. We’ll discuss your goals for your smile and fully explain all your options. Then, we’ll help you choose which one will most effectively achieve your desired results while taking into consideration your budget and lifestyle.
Can Anyone Get Dentures?
Dentures are a classic, reliable restoration that practically any adult with many missing teeth can benefit from. However, oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be made worse by dentures if they’re left untreated. So first, we’ll need to make sure that your mouth is healthy before we can begin fitting you with dentures.
In addition to good oral health, patients who are interested in implant dentures (overdentures or hybrid dentures) will also need to be in good general health and have adequate jawbone density.
Can I Sleep While Wearing My Dentures?
We understand — no one wants to be caught without their teeth. However, dentures are not meant to be worn all day every day. During your first week or so of wearing dentures, we may recommend that you wear them to sleep in order to help your mouth adjust. After that, it’s important that you take them out at the end of every day and soak them overnight. This mitigates plaque and bacteria buildup on your dentures and encourages healthy gum tissue.
On the other hand, implant dentures are a different story. Overdentures will need to be removed every night for cleanings, but you can put them back in when you go to bed. Fixed hybrid dentures can only be removed by a dentist, so you don’t have to worry about taking them out at all!
What Can I Eat with Dentures?
You’ll be able to eat most of your favorite foods with dentures. However, most patients will need an adjustment period while they navigate how to chew with their new smile. After some time and practice, you should be able to eat normally. Even then, it may take a little bit of patience and adhesive to get used to eating harder or sticky foods.
Once again, this isn’t the case with implant dentures. Since these types of restorations are anchored into your jaw, you should be able to eat just like natural right away as soon as you heal from your treatment.