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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.”
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.
If you are looking to replace a missing tooth, have you considered dental implants as an option? Implants offer several benefits whether you're missing one tooth or all of them. Read below to learn more about this great restoration option, and call our Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, if you are interested in undergoing treatment!
How can dental implants restore my smile?
Unlike other restoration choices, dental implants replace one of the most important parts of your tooth: the root. Roots securely attach teeth to the jawbone and provide stimulation that keeps the bone strong and healthy.
Dental implants, combined with dental crowns, create a complete replacement for your missing tooth. The implants are small posts created out of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to bone and is commonly used in hip and knee replacements. Implants are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure at our Farmington office.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants can be an excellent choice if:
- You're troubled by gaps in your smile: Missing teeth can make even the most secure person feel a little self-conscious. Luckily, the new dental crown attached to the top of your implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth!
- You don't want your teeth to shift: Drifting teeth can occur after you lose a tooth. If your teeth change position, it may be difficult to remove plaque from overlapping sections, and your bite may change. Dental implants prevent these problems from happening.
- You're tired of chewing on one side of your mouth: It's not easy to bite or tear into foods when you're missing a tooth. If you're like most people, you may resort to chewing on one side only, which can increase wear on those teeth. Dental implants restore your ability to chew normally after tooth loss.
- You have dentures and can't eat certain foods: Traditional dentures decrease biting power, making it difficult to eat some tougher foods. Fortunately, implant-supported dentures improve your ability to eat all of the foods that you love!
- You're looking for a long-lasting restoration option: Thanks to the unique bonding ability of titanium implants, you'll likely never have the need to replace your restorations (your dentist will need to replace your crowns approximately every 10 to 15 years, however).
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, today at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment!
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental 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.”
More than one restoration option is available if you've lost your teeth. Dr. Stephen Harris, your Farmington, MI, dentist, offers several types of dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth.
Common denture types
Dentures don't just provide a cosmetic benefit, although a full set of teeth certainly enhances your appearance. The appliances also make it possible to chew foods, ensuring that you receive a variety of nutrients in your diet. Dentures also play an important role in clear speech, for without teeth, it's difficult to produce certain sounds or pronounce a full range of words.
When you visit your Farmington, MI, dentist, he may discuss a few of these denture options with you:
- Full Dentures: Full dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth embedded in a pink base that resembles gum tissue. You receive the dentures after your mouth has fully healed following tooth extraction. The removable dentures are molded to fit the ridges in your gums for a comfortable fit. They're held in place with suction and denture adhesive and may be needed to be relined or rebased periodically.
- Immediate Dentures: You'll receive removable immediate dentures the minute any remaining teeth are pulled. A few weeks before your extraction appointment, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your dentures. Immediate dentures ensure that you don't have to go through a toothless period. They also reduce bleeding and ease the transition to denture wear. Immediate dentures must eventually be relined or replaced with full dentures as your mouth heals.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are a good option if you're missing several teeth in a row. The removable dentures hook over teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
- Overdentures: Overdentures are designed to fit over remnants of teeth. Although the teeth may no longer be whole, it's important to keep them if they have healthy roots. The roots will continue to stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong.
- Implant-supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants placed in openings made in your jawbone. The implants bond to the jawbone and offer a secure foundation for your dentures. Each denture may require as few as four implants and may be attached directly to the implants or to a metal framework.
Restore your smile with dentures! Call your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment.