Oral examination and Consultation
ALL new patients will receive a comprehensive new patient examination on their first visit unless it is for an emergency situation where the examination is limited to getting the patient out of pain or to reduce severe swelling.
After your Initial Exam, our Denturist will develop a treatment plan and discuss any findings and recommendations they have during your consultation and address any questions concerns and expectations you may have as well alternative treatments that may be available
Complete/ Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete Dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
Alternatives Denture treatments
Dental implants can be used to support Dentures, eliminating the need for using denture adhesive . The cost is usually greater, but the implants and denture more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative treatment ( Implant Retained /Supported Denture) but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult your Denturist for advice.
Implant Retained Dentures
- An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
- Bar-retained dentures– A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (&male& attachments), and they fit into sockets (&female& attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.
Denture Repair & Reline
In order to keep your dentures working and fitting properly, dentists recommend replacing your dentures every 5-7 years. It is likely that your dentures will need to be repaired during that time. Common denture repairs include:
- Denture Reline A resurfacing of the side of your denture that’s in contact with soft tissues in your mouth to make it fit more securely.
- Denture Rebase When the pink acrylic of your denture, which holds your teeth in place, is completely remade. Your replacement teeth are placed in a new base.
- Adjustment due to a sore spot if you get a sore spot (due to your denture rubbing against your gums or mouth tissues), our team can make adjustments to relieve your discomfort.
Dental Health teeth whitening
A brighter, whiter smile at home has never been easier. One popular method for whitening at home is teeth bleaching trays. Otherwise known as teeth whitening trays since they don’t actually use bleach, these products can whiten teeth in just a few days. While you can also get customized options from your dentist or results in a little as one visit, you can usually find teeth bleaching trays at your local drugstore or mass retailer.
Snoring is simply the sound of resistance and turbulence in the upper airway. Contrary to popular belief, the sound of snoring does not come from the nose. Rather, snoring starts in the back of the airway. Behind the tongue, the oropharynx may become constricted during sleep.
Mouthpieces are devices that are designed to keep you from snoring at night.
Most denture wearers can wear a rigid denture base adequately, but a careful examination has shown that the anatomical irregularities of your mouth prevent a rigid denture base from being acceptable. Prescribing a comfortable, efficient denture for you is a rewarding experience. Now that you have a soft lining, many of the denture problems you have experienced will be eliminated.
The soft lining is a specially compounded dental plastic. This plastic is designed to make your dentures more comfortable and efficient despite the tissue irregularities.