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By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

How dentures from your dentist in Farmington, MI can enhance your life.

When you think of dentures, do you imagine bulky, unnatural-looking, poorly-fitting tooth replacement? If so, it’s time to think differently about dentures.

Today’s dentures fit well and look great, giving you the chewing strength you want, and the natural-looking beauty you deserve. Dr. Stephen R. Harris in Farmington, MI offers a full menu of dental services, including dentures, to enhance your life.

So, how do you know if dentures are right for you? The truth is, if you are missing teeth and missing your smile, dentures are right for you.

Consider dentures if you:

  • Are missing one or more teeth
  • Are missing a full arch to teeth
  • Have badly damaged, painful teeth
  • Want an economical tooth replacement solution
  • Want tooth replacement that will last for years

Dentures help you chew better, which aids your digestion, promoting overall good health. Dentures also restore your self-esteem and self-confidence. You will feel great about yourself, knowing you look your best.

Dr. Harris can help you decide the perfect denture to fit your needs. If you are missing more than one tooth but not an entire arch, you need a partial denture.

Consider:

  • A transitional partial denture if you want temporary tooth replacement while you are waiting for dental implants to be placed
  • A conventional partial denture if you want a permanent, long-term tooth replacement that is sturdy and built to last
  • If you are missing a full arch of teeth, either upper, lower, or both, you need a full denture. Consider:
  • An immediate denture, which is created before your teeth are removed and placed immediately after your teeth are removed.
  • A conventional denture, which is created after your tissue has healed completely, usually at 6 to 8 weeks.
  • An implant-supported denture, which is snapped in place over 4 to 6 dental implant screws.

To find out more about the benefits of dentures and which denture is right for you, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington, MI at (248) 478-4755. Call today.

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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

These helpful tips will ensure that you are properly caring for your new teeth.

With the current situation, we want our patients to stay as healthy as possible during the pandemic. This means, turning attention to how to maintain a healthy smile, and how to care for restorations including dentures to make sure that you don’t run into issues. Our Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, wants to mitigate potential problems and habits that could cause broken or damaged dentures (because the last thing you want to deal with is a dental emergency).

Here’s how to properly care for and handle your dentures:

Cleaning Your Dentures

If you aren’t already, you should be cleaning your dentures after each meal. At the very least, take them out and rinse them to make sure you remove any food particles and plaque. You should also brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner. This is particularly important if you use denture adhesive, as cleaning them can also remove the hardened adhesive residue.

Of course, if you still have natural teeth, you should brush and floss them normally twice a day and also make sure you are brushing and cleaning your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth (these places harbor bacteria, too!).

Before bedtime, take your dentures out and put them either in a container of water or soak them in a denture solution. If you do use a denture solution, make sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly in water before placing them in your mouth in the morning.

Handling Dentures

Our Farmington, MI, family dentist and his team have worked hard to provide you with a set of custom dentures that will help you feel confident again. Dentures are made from the most durable and lifelike material possible, ensuring that your false teeth resemble real teeth. Of course, you still need to be gentle with your dental prosthetic to prevent damage or wear.

Whenever you handle or care for your dentures, place a soft towel under them just in case you drop your prosthetics. Having a soft landing will prevent damage to the false teeth. Be careful around clasps or attachments so you don’t bend or break them when cleaning or caring for your dentures.
 

Proper Denture Care is Key

While we are temporarily suspending non-urgent dental care to patients living in and around Farmington, MI, our dental team is providing emergency dental services when necessary. If you are dealing with broken dentures or a severe toothache call us at (248) 478-4755.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
December 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  
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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
September 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

If you have missing teeth, dentures can replace them and improve your life. Dentures are made of acrylic (plastic), metal or nylon. They fit over the gums to replace lost teeth and eliminate problems caused by gaps. Dentures can improve your appearance, prevent problems with speech and eating, and give you confidence. Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington Hills, MI offers state-of-the-art dentures to his patients. Read on to learn about the different types of dentures that are available today.

1. Complete Dentures: A complete denture is an oral prosthetic device that replaces a complete arch of missing teeth. A complete denture has an acrylic base that fits over your gums.

2. Removable Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are suitable for those who have some teeth remaining. Partial dentures have a flesh-colored acrylic base, metal framework and clasps that connect to the teeth. It can easily be unclipped and removed. Partial dentures fill in the empty spaces created by lost teeth and prevent other teeth from drifting out of place.

3. Overdentures: An overdenture is attached to either two traditional dental implants or two mini dental implants. The dental implants help to stabilize the denture in the mouth. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow people to go about their daily lives with confidence. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, and are not supported by implants.

4. Immediate Dentures: Before permanent dentures, your dental provider may provide temporary (immediate) dentures. Immediate dentures are placed on the same day, immediately following the extraction of teeth. As a result, patients don't have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures require more follow-up visits for adjustments and re-fitting.

Take the first step towards a brand new smile right now! Don't delay. Call Dr. Stephen Harris at 248-478-4755 now to schedule a dental consultation in Farmington Hills, MI and get the smile you deserve. Dentures can improve your smile and quality of life.



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Stephen R. Harris, DDS

Farmington Hills, MI Dentist
Stephen R. Harris DDS, PC
34024 W 8 Mile Rd., Ste. 106
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 478-4755
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