Tooth loss can occur for many reasons including periodontal disease, decay or trauma. Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years. Alternative methods used to replace missing teeth include dental implants and fixed bridges.
New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard offers several types of dentures including cosmetic dentures and “All on Four”, an implant denture solution.
The loss of your teeth can have negative effects on your self-confidence, your ability to chew food and your bite. Since your teeth provide structure and support to your cheeks, tooth loss can result in the sagging of your cheeks and make you appear older than you are. It is essential that your missing teeth are replaced as soon as possible.
Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Modern-day dentures can look very realistic and natural and feel comfortable.
Types of dentures
A complete denture is used to replace all of your missing teeth. If you are only missing a few teeth, a partial denture or overdenture may be used. Dentures are generally fabricated from acrylic resins. With advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, there are a wide variety of materials available for dentures, Dr. Hoard will help you make the best choice for your budget and lifestyle.
Holding dentures in place
Dentures should be held in place by their natural suction to your gums; sometimes a fixative may also be used. Partial dentures are secured to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Complete dentures can also be fixed securely in place by dental implants or mini implants, which can give you the confidence to eat whatever you want without having to worry about your dentures coming loose or falling out. More patients seem to be opting for treatment with implants now. Though a significant investment, fixed dentures have a dramatic effect on improving the quality of life.
How should I look after my dentures?
It is important to keep your dentures clean at all times. You should remove your dentures at night to give your gums “a rest” and the chance to be exposed to your natural saliva, which will keep them healthy. It is highly recommended that you brush your dentures and soak them in cold water or special soak solution.
Always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth. If your dentures begin to collect debris or stains that you cannot remove by normal brushing, your dentist or hygienist will be able to professionally clean your dentures for you. It is important to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and continue to fit your gums, as the shape of your gums and underlying bone can change with time. Loose fitting dentures can cause irritation and inflammation of your gums and problems with eating and speech.
What is All on Four?
"All on Four" and "Teeth in a Day" are names for a type of implant secured denture. Like a traditional removable denture, an implant denture can be used to replace all of a person's missing teeth. The difference, however is that the denture is supported by several strategically placed dental implants. Implant dentures can only be removed by your dentist. Most denture wearers are thrilled with the results of the all on four procedure and no longer have to worry about eating soft foods or having their denture slip out of their mouth.
New Bern dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard works with a local periodontist to complete this procedure for his patients. The procedure is usually complete in one visit. All of the teeth will be removed (if necessary), the periodontist will place the implants and Dr. Hoard will secure the cosmetic denture.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
An implant denture also promotes improved health and quality of life compared to traditional removable dentures. While there is a greater investment for dental implant supported dentures, they do provide superior long term benefits over removable dentures.
- Secure fit, better retention
- Ability to eat foods without restrictions
- Maintains bone structure in the jaw
- Ability to speak normally