Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Loose Dentures? Consider Getting Them Retrofitted for Dental Implants

Posted in Dentures

Wearing dentures can take a lot of practice to get used to. If you’re new to one of these prosthetics, you’ve had to take time to work on everything from talking to chewing your food. But what if it feels like your denture still isn’t sticking in place like it should? Especially for people with lower dentures, this can be a big problem.

Fortunately, there’s a better option than using gooey adhesives or messy pastes to keep your teeth in place. You could talk to your dentist about retrofitting your denture so that it snaps over dental implants.

Snap in Dentures and Implant Locators

Implant locators are small abutments that extend above your gumlines, on top of the implant that’s inserted into your jaw. They act as anchors that fit into your denture, so that you can “snap” your prosthesis down on top of them.

In some cases, all you need is two implants to give you the stability that you need.

Having an overdenture that’s removable makes it easier to keep your prosthesis clean, care for your gums, and still get the added benefit of implant stabilization.

What Other Options Are There? 

You could always talk about having your dentist reline your denture so that it fits more snuggly against your teeth. Or if your denture needs to be replaced entirely, you might want to consider a permanent option that’s affixed directly onto four to six implants and never comes out of place (it’s only removable by your dentist.)

Talk to your dentist or implant provider to see if an implant retained denture is the right option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Aug
7

What to Do When Your Lower Denture Won’t Stay in Place

Posted in Dentures

When a denture doesn’t fit right, it’s usually because of a problem with the lower jaw.

The lower half of your mouth is a tough spot to fit.

This could be due to any combination of reasons:

  • Atrophied (lost) bone
  • Jawbone ridge is too narrow to support a denture
  • There’s too much loose tissue around the jaw that moves around
  • You can’t get suction the way you do on the palate
  • Your lower jaw experiences more movement than the upper half

Is there anything you can do to fight back? Let’s start with the simplest solution and work our way up.

Try a denture adhesive. Even a well-fitting lower denture may feel unstable. Using a small amount of paste may give you all the reassurance you need.

Get your denture adjusted. It may just be time to get your denture relined. If you’re layering on the adhesive, then it’s time to get your denture some professional help.

Cut off a few ties. Your gums attach to your tongue and lips by thin bands of skin. These bands can affect the way your denture fits. Gently reshaping them free could improve the fit of your denture.

Consider implant support. The surest way to securely anchor your lower denture is to use dental implants. They don’t have to be large or many – a couple short implants may be sufficient. Your denture will get fitted with buttons that snap onto the implants.

Sooner or later, you will need to see your dentist about your loose denture. He or she will help you identify the exact problem and recommend a fitting solution.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Oct
28

What is the Difference Between All-on-4 Dentures and Implant-Retained Dentures?

Posted in Dental Implants

Put simply, implant-retained dentures are removable while All-on-4 dentures are not.

Both of these dental prostheses have revolutionized the very idea of false teeth. Traditional dentures need regular adjustment to compensate for the way they cause changes to your mouth. The end goal of implant-supported denture options is the same: to prevent bone loss and to promote a high-quality standard of living. By utilizing implants to support prosthetic teeth, you can smile with confidence and enjoy the foods you once did before with natural teeth. The ways these two different prostheses are designed and cared for, however, are what make up the differences.

All-on-4 Dentures

These dentures are permanently secured to four optimally placed implants. This means that they do not need to be removed for cleaning in a denture solution, but rather are cared for much in the way that natural teeth are. They need to be flossed and brushed daily, and you still need to keep a regular schedule of dental hygiene appointments for specialized cleanings.

Implant-Retained Dentures

These dentures are supported by several implants, but are suited with attachment parts allowing them to snap on and off. The way these dentures are cleaned is similar to the way regular dentures are cleaned. They should be removed at night, and you would pay special attention to cleaning around the implant abutments themselves when the denture is out.

Both kinds of dentures will help to maintain a healthy amount of bone that gives your face its shape. The implants prevent the dentures from wearing on the gum tissue and underlying bone.

If you are ready to move on from traditional dentures, ask your dentist how you can determine which implant-supported denture solution is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Nov
20

Types of Dentures: Which is Right for You

Posted in Dentures

Dentures, the dental prosthetic device commonly known as false teeth, are not a one-size-fit-all solution to tooth loss. Dentures are not only custom-made to fit different mouth sizes and gum ridge shapes, they also have varied designs and fitting procedures in accordance with the position , number and distribution of the remaining natural teeth.

Conventional/complete dentures

Conventional dentures are the standard dentures that most people visualize when they think of dentures. They are also known as full plate dentures because they equip the wearer with a full arch of upper and lower teeth. Conventional dentures are worn by people who are missing all of their teeth. Conventional dentures are made by taking a mould or impression of the gums using dental wax or putty. The mould is taken after the teeth have been extracted and the gums have healed. During follow up visits, any adjustments needed for a comfortable, precise fit are made. People can begin wearing conventional dentures about 8 to 12 weeks following extraction of the teeth.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are like conventional dentures in that they provide a complete set of artificial teeth. The only difference is that immediate dentures, as their name suggests, are designed to be worn immediately after the teeth have been removed. Because immediate dentures are fitted on gums that are still healing (the gums and jaw bones swell and then shrink during the healing process), more adjustments need to be made compared to conventional dentures before a precise fit is achieved. Immediate dentures are made before the teeth are even extracted and allow individuals to retain the appearance and function of teeth while the gums heal. Dentists recommend that immediate dentures only be worn temporarily.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed for people missing only a few of their teeth. Partial dentures may be fixed or removable. Fixed partial dentures are commonly called “crown and bridge” because crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth and the artificial tooth or “bridge” is permanently bonded to the crowns. Removable partial dentures, also called “flippers” are like conventional dentures in that they have a pink acrylic base that mimics the look of gums; however the base is custom-designed to fit over only small areas of the gum ridge leaving spaces for the natural teeth.  Removable partial dentures are attached to the surrounding natural teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures not only fill in unsightly gaps in the teeth but also keep the natural teeth from shifting.

Implant-retained/permanent dentures

Implant-retained dentures look just like conventional or partial dentures, but can be distinguished by the fact that they are held in place by jaw implants, i.e., tiny titanium screws or posts embedded into the jawbone. These dentures may be partial or complete, permanently fixed or removable. There are two types of implant-retained dentures: ball-retained and bar-retained. With ball-retained dentures, the dentures are attached to the jaw implants using a ball-and-socket system. With bar-retained dentures, an arch-shaped metal bar is permanently screwed to the jaw implants; the dentures are fitted over the bar and attached to it by clips on the dentures. Implant retained dentures are ideal for people who have enough bone to support the implants and for those who want more stable, naturally-functioning dentures.

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