Posts for tag: dentures

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Several Dental ImplantsIf 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!

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!



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Stephen R. Harris, DDS

Farmington, MI Dentist
Stephen R. Harris DDS, PC
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