Dentures are a way to replace missing teeth. We have many types of dentures available in modern dentistry to replace teeth due to advancements in dental implant technology. While we recommend at least two dental implants for our denture patients, we understand finances can prevent us from achieving that goal. In cases where we make conventional upper and lower dentures, we require several appointments to achieve the best result and maximum retention possible. Our goal for our denture patients is to create a beautiful natural smile with replacement teeth that stay in as well as possible. Every case is different, and so we recommend beginning with a free denture consultation to see how we can help you accomplish your goals.
What Type of Dentures Are Available?
Every patient is unique, so we do not recommend one type of denture in every situation. Dentures are much different than natural teeth, so it takes a period of time to get accustomed to them. In some situations, we recommend conventional dentures, while in others we recommend "snap in" or over dentures.
Properly made conventional dentures can achieve our patients functional and cosmetic goals. Our conventional dentures are custom made over several appointments to ensure that they will fit correctly. We take the time to ensure that the fit and function of the denture is as perfect as possible. Denture making can not be rushed. It is important to take the time during each step of the denture making process to ensure the best possible end result. Properly made conventional dentures will be attached with "suction" to the gums. It is important that the molds of the gums are extremely accurate to achieve this suction. The denture teeth must be positioned properly to ensure that the dentures close together properly. For many patients, a conventional denture is an excellent long term replacement for teeth that is very affordable.
Implant Overdentures are a fantastic tooth replacement option for patients that have been missing teeth for a number of years and have significant ridge loss. After trying conventional dentures, some patients find that they can not get adjusted to the denture because it feels too loose. In these cases, an implant overdenture is a fantastic alternative that is very affordable. As a starting point, we typically recommend two lower implants to support the implant overdenture. This gives the implant plenty of stability during chewing and talking. Implant overdentures can be made with an existing denture or with a completely new denture.
Do Dentures Look Fake?
As a cosmetic dentist, we work hard to ensure everything that we make looks very natural. Anytime we make dentures, we strive to achieve a natural result where no one will know that the denture is not real teeth. We recommend choosing teeth that blend in with the overall facial structure and appearance. While we can give our patients a "Hollywood White" smile, we typically recommend choosing teeth that better reflect nature.
What is Involved in Making Dentures?
The denture making process requires adequate time and attention to look natural and fit properly. The first step is to fabricate an extremely accurate mold of the gums so that the denture will have suction. Next, it is record how your upper and lower jaw are positioned so that the denture teeth will bite together properly. We then fabricate the "trial denture" that we can try in prior to final fabrication. At this denture try in appointment we discuss the denture with the patient and decide if everything about the denture is exactly as they desire. If any modifications in the fit or the look of the denture need to be made, this is the time to do it. Finally, we turn the trial denture into a permanent denture and deliver the denture to the patient.