Posts for tag: dentures

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

More than one restoration option is available if you've lost your teeth. Dr. Stephen Harris, your Farmington, MI, dentist, offers several typesdentures 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.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to restore your teeth? Do you want a cost-effective solution and treatment that will last you? If that's the case, then look no denturesfurther. Dr. Stephen Harris, your Farmington, MI, dentist can help you.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million people have about one missing tooth and around 36 million people do not have any teeth at all in the USA, which makes dentures a great way to restore your smile, and around 15 percent of individuals who have missing teeth get dentures every year.

Types of Dentures:

  • Removable partial dentures, also known as semi-permanent, are attached with retention clasps to dental implants or already-existing natural teeth. You can take them out to clean them whenever you want.
  • Fixed dental bridges such as conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges are permanent.

How to care for dentures?

It's important to know how to take care of your dentures. Here are a few tips:

  • Rinse your dentures while they're in your mouth to get rid of any food particles or debris.
  • Clean your cheeks, gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue while brushing your teeth so as to eliminate bad breath.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a cleanser to cleaning your dentures.
  • Fully immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth to prevent them from becoming misshaped.

Consultation:

The health of your teeth is of the utmost importance. If you're thinking about dentures and need to consult your dentist Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington, MI, for more information, then don't hesitate to call (248) 478-4755 and make an appointment today!

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your dentist has recommended dentures, you've probably got a few questions. Dr. Stephen Harris, your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI, dentureshas extensive experience with prescribing, designing and fitting dentures for his patients. He wants to make sure each patient has the knowledge and understanding they need to make good decisions about their oral health, which is why he discusses the types of dentures he offers at his dental practice.

What are dentures?

Dentures have been around for many centuries as a way to replace missing teeth. You've likely heard that our first President, George Washington, wore wooden dentures. According to the History Channel, the bases of his dentures were actually made from brass and the teeth were from both human donors and a hippopotamus! As you can imagine, these dentures were uncomfortable and didn't function very well. Today, dentures are much more comfortable and realistic. The "false teeth" your Farmington dentist uses are typically made from a plastic base, called acrylic, that is designed to be the color and texture of gum tissue; this base holds resin or porecelin teeth that look just like the real thing.

What kind of dentures do I need?

Although a thorough evaluation from your Farmington dentist will determine your best course of action, your dentures will be one of two styles: full or partial. Full dentures, also called complete dentures, replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaws. Partial dentures fill in gaps when there are still healthy natural teeth remaining. While full dentures take several months to prepare, partials are inserted on the same day. Both types of dentures require removal at night for cleaning; Dr. Harris will make sure you understand the cleaning routine.

Dentures can make a huge difference in your smile and eating habits, so if you think you might benefit from them, contact Dr. Harris' dental office in Farmington, MI, today!

When you lose one or more teeth, it can have a major effect on your appearance when you smile. Some people stop smiling altogether, denturesin photos and social settings, due to tooth loss. But you shouldn't give up on your smile -- there are solutions at the dentist's office. Partial or complete dentures and implants are common treatments offered by Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington Hills, MI. Let Dr. Harris and his team show you why a loss of teeth doesn't have to mean the loss of your smile.

Dealing with Tooth Loss
It's estimated that over half of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can happen due to injury, (usually in the course of intense physical activity), progressive tooth decay, an untreated abscess or gum disease. When a tooth is missing it not only makes smiling awkward, it can also have an effect on how you pronounce words and eat food. The open socket could also become susceptible to trapped food particles that could lead to gum disease.

You Have Options
Some people look at the loss of a tooth as a problem that they'll have to manage forever, but there are a number of viable solutions at your dentist's office. Here are the options your Farmington Hills dentist will discuss with you:

  • Partial dentures (removable) to fill in one or more missing tooth.
  • Full dentures (removable) that will replace an entire row of missing teeth.
  • A dental implant to permanently replace a single missing tooth.
  • An implant-supported denture appliance that locks your dentures into place for a more secure fit.

Caring for Your Smile After Tooth Loss and Replacement
There are steps you can take to ensure the ongoing good health of your teeth and gums after a tooth has been replaced with one of the aforementioned solutions. Take special care to clean around the base of each natural or implanted tooth with your brush and floss everyday. Do not allow food to remain between your teeth overnight to avoid the development of plaque. If you have a denture, soak it in a denture solution regularly and brush it to remove food particles and bacteria. Most importantly, visit your dentist's office at least twice per year for professional cleanings.

Call for a Tooth Consultation
Don't stop smiling after tooth loss—explore solutions with Dr. Harris instead. Call his Farmington Hills, MI office at (248) 478-4755 today to find out which tooth replacement option will be right for you.



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Farmington, MI Dentist
Stephen R. Harris DDS, PC
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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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