Southfield Dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, Is Your Denture, Partial Denture And Overdenture Expert!
Dentures: Complete and Partial
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all your teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after your teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in about 8 to 12 weeks.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Partial dentures are used when one or more of your natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. A precision partial denture is removable and is a more natural looking.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?
Most dental insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of your dentures. However, we should contact your dental insurance provider to find out the specifics.
What Will My New Dentures Feel and Look Like?
New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Will Eating With New Dentures Be Difficult?
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, we recommend you start with soft foods. As you get used to your new dentures, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
If you have been considering dentures but are not sure if they are right for you, please call our office today to set up an appointment. We can answer any questions you might have and explain any details that may concern you.
Do you currently wear dentures, but are tired of the hassle and fuss? Are you considering dentures as a replacement option? We would like to let you know about a new denture design: implant-supported dentures, otherwise known as overdentures. Because they are more comfortable and secure, they alleviate some of the issues found with regular dentures which means you spend less time worrying about your smile and more time enjoying life!
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Typically, implant-supported dentures are made for the lower jaw because dentures tend to be less stable in this area, while dentures for the upper jaw usually do not require this added stability. However, implant-supported dentures can be made for either areas of the mouth and are easily removable.
The dentures are made with an acrylic base to look like the gums of your mouth with porcelain or acrylic teeth attached to look like natural teeth.
The Implant Process
Implants, used to support the denture are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth. The number of implants needed to support the denture varies based on individual factors, which we can discuss with you in a consultation.
The time frame to complete the implant process also depends on many factors. The shortest time frame from the implant process to placement of the denture is approximately five months for the lower jaw and seven months for the upper jaw. However, in some cases the entire process could take up to a year or more.
What Can You Expect From Your Implant-Supported Denture?
Initially you will notice first how much more stable the implant-supported denture is versus a regular denture. You will also have an easier time speaking with less worrying about the denture coming loose and falling out of your mouth as well. Generally, you are also able to eat foods that you could not eat before, with exception to hard or sticky foods that can cause damage to the denture.
With upper jaw implant-supported dentures, you will also notice the more natural feel because the denture will no longer need to cover the roof of your mouth.
Contact the Southfield dental office of Dr. Jeffrey Solomon today to find out more about implant-supported dentures and to schedule a consultation.