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Dentures

Replace Missing Teeth

A denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.

  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.

  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).

  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

 

The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures, over a normal course of time, will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about Dentures, please call our office.

Immediate Dentures

If you need to have all of your remaining teeth removed, an immediate denture could be the solution you're looking for. This type of denture can help you avoid the discomfort and embarrassment of living without teeth. At Rocky Mount Family Dentistry, we can prepare your immediate denture before your teeth are extracted, so that it can be inserted as soon as your teeth are removed.

The process begins with taking impressions of your existing teeth and gums, which we will use to create an accurate duplicate of your mouth. Once your teeth are removed, your immediate denture is inserted to create a natural-looking smile.

Here are a few things you should know about immediate dentures:

  • In most cases, we won't be able to check the fit of the denture in your mouth before your teeth are extracted. As a result, some esthetic compromises may be necessary to ensure a good fit.

  • After your teeth are removed, your gums and bone will begin to recede. This means that regular check-ups and maintenance will be necessary to monitor healing and reduce problems.

  • Temporary liners or tissue conditioners may be required to help your immediate denture fit properly during the healing process. These may need to be adjusted or replaced several times before a permanent reline is possible.

 

At Rocky Mount Family Dentistry, we can help you determine whether an immediate denture is right for you. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Please note that temporary liners, tissue conditioners, and relines may require additional fees.

If you have any questions about the benefits of immediate dentures or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Replace missing teeth with implant-retained dentures

Usually, when you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your “bite” as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. And of course, losing a tooth can affect your appearance. The following information reviews replacing missing teeth with an implant retained denture.

Although many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, some people find it difficult to wear and eat with lower dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available if you are missing all of your lower teeth. There is also a specific replacement option available if you are missing all your upper teeth.

Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

  • Improved confidence

  • Stability during eating

  • Bone and gum preservation

  • Improved dental hygiene

  • Superior esthetics

  • Nutritional benefits

 

What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?

A range of treatment options is also available to completely replace missing teeth in your lower jaw. Please read about the features of Ball Attachment Dentures, Bar Attachment Dentures, and Screw-retained Dentures for more information. Please call our office if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Ball Attachment Denture

One option is to have two dental implants placed in your lower jaw and a denture made, which then snaps onto these implants. This option allows your lower denture to be more stable while chewing than without implants. However, there will still be movement of your lower denture, and sore spots will occur if any food particles, especially seeds, are caught under it. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.

Bar Attachment Denture

Another option involves placing four to six implants, depending on your jaw size or shape, into your lower jaw. After healing is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. Your denture will be made with special internal retention clips that attach onto the support bar, enabling the denture to snap firmly into place. This is called an “overdenture.” The advantage of this option is that it is much more stable than the Ball Attachment option and allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Screw-Retained Denture

A third option involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the support posts or bar. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture will replace all your missing lower teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. Although cleaning under your denture without removing it is more time consuming and requires more dexterity, many patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

A similar range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw. However, because the bone is not as hard as that in the lower jaw, people often need more dental implants to support their new replacement teeth. Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This option allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.
 

Implant-Retained Upper Denture

Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This option allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

Please call our office if you have any questions or wish to discuss if Implant-Retained Dentures are right for you.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is a dental prosthesis designed to replace one or more missing teeth, customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Missing teeth can affect the appearance of a person's smile, make it harder to eat, and can cause speech difficulties. Partial dentures restore the natural appearance and speech clarity of the patient while enabling them to eat more efficiently.

Partial dentures are made from different materials such as metal and acrylic or completely out of acrylic. The dentist considers the patient's specific needs and anatomy to create a partial denture design that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues while maintaining a self-cleansing function. The chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface area of the remaining teeth and soft tissues, and changes to the remaining teeth may be recommended to equalize these forces.

Metal partials are preferred as they are structurally superior, thinner, and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary partial. The skilled dentist at Rocky Mount Family Dentistry will provide a comprehensive consultation to determine the appropriate partial denture for your situation.

Partial dentures provide many benefits, including limiting the movement of natural teeth and allowing for better chewing and grinding of food, which improves digestion. The dentists at Rocky Mount Family Dentistry will answer any questions and provide you with more information about partial dentures to determine if this dental solution is right for you.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is a dental prosthesis designed to replace one or more missing teeth, customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Missing teeth can affect the appearance of a person's smile, make it harder to eat, and can cause speech difficulties. Partial dentures restore the natural appearance and speech clarity of the patient while enabling them to eat more efficiently.

Partial dentures are made from different materials such as metal and acrylic or completely out of acrylic. The dentist considers the patient's specific needs and anatomy to create a partial denture design that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues while maintaining a self-cleansing function. The chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface area of the remaining teeth and soft tissues, and changes to the remaining teeth may be recommended to equalize these forces.

Metal partials are preferred as they are structurally superior, thinner, and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary partial. The skilled dentists at Rocky Mount Family Dentistry in Rocky Mount, VA will provide a comprehensive consultation to determine the appropriate partial denture for your situation.

Partial dentures provide many benefits, including limiting the movement of natural teeth and allowing for better chewing and grinding of food, which improves digestion. The dentists at Rocky Mo Family Dentistry will answer any questions and provide you with more information about partial dentures to determine if this dental solution is right for you.

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