DR. WENDI WARDLAW
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
New York Cornea Consultants
The problem – The lower full denture is difficult for many patients to wear. Sore spots and difficulty chewing are usually the result of a mobile (bouncing) denture. Even a well fitting lower denture will not work well when the gums have shrunk to the point that the patient just can’t keep the denture in place.
The solution – Implants can provide the anchor needed to keep the denture in place. The result is a dramatic improvement in fit and function. Patients who have had implants placed and an overdenture made that is attached to them report a denture that stays down.
Two implants are placed in the lower jaw. Attachments are added that connect the denture to the implants. The denture will stay in place during chewing and speaking.