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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.”
5 Signs That You May Need Dentures
Is your smile missing teeth? A denture is a removable appliance that can replace your missing teeth and improve your smile. Dentures have made a big difference in the lives of many people. Led by Dr. Jason Botts, Botts Dental Spa located in Cordova, TN, offers state-of-the-art dentures to the patients they serve. Here are 5 signs you may need dentures.
1. You have missing teeth.
Missing teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. A denture can improve the appearance of your smile. Looking good is an advantage in today's world. A partial denture is used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A complete denture, also called full denture, is used when all the teeth are missing. A growing number of adults are getting dentures to enhance their appearance.
2. You have chewing difficulties.
Missing teeth can keep you from enjoying all the foods you love. It's difficult to chew properly when you have missing teeth. A denture will give you the ability chew all of your favorite foods again. With a denture in place, you will be able to eat in comfort and with confidence.
3. You have speech problems.
Our teeth play an important role in speech. The absence of teeth can cause speech problems. Mumbled and slurred speech are big problems for people with missing teeth. A denture will improve your speech and allow you to feel confident when you speak with others. With a denture, you will feel more confident in social situations.
4. You look older than you are.
Missing teeth makes people appear older than they are. Dentures are a simple solution for achieving a more youthful appearance. Dentures are designed to help you look younger. They rejuvenate your smile with a youthful, natural appearance. Who doesn't want to look younger- or better?
5. You have low self-esteem.
The fountain of youth just may be in your dentist’s office. Your teeth play an important role in defining how young you look. If you want to look younger, getting a denture is a great place to start. A denture can restore your smile and make you look and feel years younger. A denture will also work wonders for your confidence.
A denture will allow you to live the way you want to- talking, eating, and enjoying activities without worrying about your smile. Don't wait another minute- call Botts Dental Spa at 901-737-2200 today to schedule an appointment in Cordova, TN. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Botts Dental Spa!
Are you dealing with tooth loss? Dentures could help restore your smile.
While you may equate missing teeth to senior citizens, anyone can face tooth loss no matter their age. This is why it’s so important to maintain good oral hygiene and to come in for routine checkups to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Of course, there are many factors that can lead to tooth loss. If you are missing several or all of your teeth then maybe our Cordova, TN, dentist Dr. Jason Botts has recommended that you get dentures. So, what are dentures and how can they help you?
What types of dentures are available?
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide which kind of dentures is right for you,
Are you missing all of your teeth?
If you said “yes” then full dentures are the only kind that can replace all of your missing teeth. Full dentures are meant to help patients dealing with complete tooth loss, and they can replace both your upper and lower teeth. Full dentures are custom-made to fit right on top of the gums, where they will stay in place through natural suction.
Do you still have some healthy teeth?
If you are dealing with tooth loss but you still have healthy teeth present then partial dentures will help replace those missing teeth to give you back a full smile. Partial dentures are designed to fill those gaps in your smile with one or more false teeth. There are several ways in which partial dentures can be placed.
Removable partial dentures use attachments or clasps, which hold on to natural teeth to keep the false teeth in place. Fixed partial dentures will require dental crowns, which will be cemented over natural teeth to support one or more false teeth in the middle.
Do you need a tooth extraction?
If your Cordova, TN, restorative dentist has told you that you need to have one or more teeth removed it will take several weeks for the gums to heal after the extraction. Of course, we know that you don’t want to be without teeth during this time. This is where immediate dentures come in. While they aren’t as durable and don’t provide as ideal a fit as your permanent dentures will be, this can provide you with the temporary teeth you’ll need so you can still chew and speak while also allowing your gums time to properly heal.
Do you want to keep dentures in place?
Are you currently wearing dentures but find it difficult to keep your dentures in place? If they shift or move around in your mouth then you may want to talk to us about getting dental implants to support your false teeth. While it can take several months to get dental implants they can hold your dentures firmly in place to prevent them from moving around.
Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, is dedicated to helping restore your smile after trauma, tooth loss or other dental issues. You can get a beautiful smile back with the help of restorative dentistry and our dental team is here to help. Call us for a consultation today and let’s talk about dentures.
Edentulism, the loss of all of a person’s teeth, is more than an appearance problem. As one in four Americans over 65 can attest, total tooth loss can lead to emotional suffering, social embarrassment and a lack of nutrition caused by limited food choices.
But there are solutions like the removable denture, an effective dental restoration for more than a century. In its current advanced form, the removable denture is truly a functional, affordable and attractive way to restore lost teeth.
Creating an effective denture begins first by taking detailed impressions of a patient’s gum ridges. We use the measurements obtained from this process to create a plastic resin base colored to resemble the natural gums. Using old photos and other resources documenting how the patient looked with teeth, we choose the best size and shape of porcelain teeth and then position them onto the base.
Finally, we fine-tune the dentures the first time they’re in the patient’s mouth to make sure they have a secure fit and a balanced bite when the jaws come together. We also want to be sure the dentures are attractive and blend well with other facial features. The result: a new set of teeth that can do the job of the old ones and look nearly as real and attractive.
Dentures, though, do have one major drawback: they can’t stop bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth. In fact, they may even accelerate bone loss due to the pressure they bring to bear on the gum ridges. Continuing bone loss could eventually cause their once secure fit to slacken, making them less functional and much more uncomfortable to wear.
But a recent innovation could put the brakes on bone loss for a denture wearer. By incorporating small implants imbedded at various places along the gums, a denture with compatible fittings connects securely with the implants to support the denture rather than the gum ridges. This not only relieves pressure on the gums, but the titanium within the implants attracts bone cells and stimulates their growth.
Thanks to this and other modern advances, dentures continue to be a solid choice for tooth replacement. Not only can they restore a lost smile, they can improve overall health and well-being too.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for missing teeth, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”
No one should settle for a gapped or toothless smile. Despite our best efforts, life does happen to our smiles, but modern restorative services and tooth replacements can give you back your smile. Improved facial appearance, normalized biting and chewing and clearer speech result when you ask Dr. Jason Botts to craft your dentures at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.
What kind of denture is right?
A lot depends on how many teeth you're missing, how healthy the remaining teeth are, where they are, and how much bone and gum tissue you have. During a restorative dental consultation at Botts Dental Spa, your dentist will examine your mouth and evaluate the health of your remaining teeth, gums and bone.
He'll take digital X-rays to view underlying structures and possible CT scan imaging, especially if you are receiving implant-supported prosthetics. Yes, today, dentures may be anchored with state-of-the-art dental implants made of biocompatible titanium.
Also, your dentist will discuss your preferences and take oral impressions. Then, with your approval, he'll send a customized treatment plan to a trusted dental lab where a skilled denture technician will craft your beautiful replacement teeth.
Kinds of dentures
There are a wide variety of denture configurations depending on patient need and preference. Dr. Botts ensures that all his dentures are of the highest quality acrylic and that the fit and bite are perfect. A well-crafted denture delivers great aesthetics, durability and optimal oral function.
Here are the kinds of dentures offered by Bott Dental Spa in Cordova:
Partial denture: This prosthetic fills gaps left by one or more teeth in the top or bottom arch. Replacement teeth, or pontics, affix to neighboring natural teeth with metal clasps. Traditional partials are removable for ease of cleaning.
Conventional full dentures: These rest on the gums and are held in place by the mouth's natural suction. They replace an entire arch of teeth and take several dental visits and "try-ons" to achieve proper fit, comfort and bite.
Immediate dentures: This prosthetic can also replace an entire arch, but unlike their conventional counterparts, immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction. This allows the patient to leave the office with a full set of teeth, and the pressure from an immediate denture actually helps extraction sites to heal more quickly. Unfortunately, however, these prosthetics must be replaced or refitted as the gums and bone shrink to their final post-extraction size and shape.
Implant-supported dentures: This type of prosthetic rests on four or more dental implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone. To qualify for these innovative dentures, the patient must be in good health and have a strong jaw bone.
Life with dentures
Medic8.com says that quality dentures last up to 10 years when relined as necessary and when gently cleansed at home. To avoid poor oral function, sore spots and denture breakdown, the patient should see Dr. Botts semi-annually for an oral examination and denture assessment.
If you would like your smile back, please contact Bott Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, for a denture consultation. Call today at (901) 737-2200.