Personalized Standard Dentures
A Personalized Standard Denture is made to suit each person’s individual looks and needs. Your prosthesis is handcrafted to match your age, complexion and facial features. Considerations such as the shape of your jaw line, lips, eyes, eyeglasses and hair color are noted.
The teeth are set so that they look natural and your smile is aesthetically pleasing. A certain number of procedures and good quality teeth are used in the construction of your dentures. A personalized standard denture fits most people comfortably and functions well.
Full Denture Criteria for Immediate Dentures
When complete extractions of your remaining teeth become unavoidable, an immediate denture is a solution. This process will help you avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth. Your denturist will initiate this procedure before your teeth are extracted.
An impression is made of your existing teeth and gums prior to the extraction surgery and is used as working models for the construction of your new dentures. From your models the denturist is able to copy and construct a denture, duplicating your original teeth with improvements to your appearance, if you so wish.
At your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted avoiding the embarrassment of having no teeth during your healing period.
During the healing period, postoperative instruction from the Surgeon and denturist must be followed carefully. Your gums and bone recede to a much smaller size, because of the tooth sockets closing. Regular check-ups and maintenance to ensure ideal healing are required. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners will be required to ensure a positive fit. This procedure may be repeated a number of times based on your physiological rate of healing. At the completion of the healing period, a permanent reline or a new denture may be constructed to ensure a comfortable and an exact fit.
- Temporary liners, tissue conditioner and relines are additional services requiring payment beyond the service of manufacturing the immediate denture(s).
Removable Partial Dentures
A Removable Partial Denture can replace one or more missing teeth. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient.
Aesthetic appearance and speech is restored along with the ability to eat confidently and efficiently. A removable partial denture may help preserve the natural tooth placement of your existing teeth.
They ensure proper chewing and digestion by thoroughly grinding your food. A properly designed partial denture will assist in support of your existing teeth.
Depending on the teeth remaining in your oral cavity, partial dentures may be completely tooth supported, tissue/tooth supported, and implant/tissue supported.
Partial dentures can be constructed out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. The design process involved in creating a removable partial (denture) is specific to the patient’s needs. Every effort is made to design a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral structures.
When a partial denture is designed, the denturist acknowledges that chewing places a strain on the remaining teeth during eating. Partial dentures are designed with this in mind so that the chewing forces can be distributed evenly over the entire remaining teeth and soft tissues. Design modifications to your remaining teeth may be required to help equalize these forces.
Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually recommended as a transitional or temporary partial. Your denturist will determine the appropriate treatment plan and the appropriate partial for you.
Implant Retained Dentures
Optimum tooth replacement is achieved with implants. Implants are root replacements. Once implanted into your jaw, the bone and the implant body integrate into one cohesive member and provide a stable and reliable anchor on which a tooth may be fabricated.
Implant bodies are also employed as retention abutments used in retaining full or partial dentures. In studies, dental implants are shown to preserve bone and reduce gum tissue loss.
Eating, speech and laughter can now be performed with confidence. Patients feel better and gain a new found zest for life, as implants are the closest thing to natural teeth.
Historically, dental implants have a high clinical success rate. Patients who have opted for dental implants often remark how similar the implant feels to their own natural teeth. The patient can enjoy new found confidence.
- Improved confidence
- Stability during eating
- Increased preservation of bone
- Decreased gum tissue shrinkage
- Less food seepage under the denture
- Superior esthetics
- Social interactions accomplished with confidence
- A feeling close to that of your natural teeth
- Dietary nutritional benefits
Relines, Rebase & Repairs
The requirement for relining occurs when bone and tissues change due to shrinkage.
Possible causes may be:
- Post immediate dentures
- Tooth loss
- Weight loss
- Bone loss in the upper or lower jaw
- Sickness or disease
- General physiological aging
The bite position, existing teeth and acrylic base(s) must be in good condition and not worn or stained to provide a reline procedure.
An impression of your oral tissue is taken inside your denture(s) to provide a working model. New acrylic base material is added to your denture to produce a correct fit. The appearance of your dentures will not change.
Denturists in most cases have no way of trying the denture(s). The procedure is similar to relining. The difference being is that, a rebase replaces all the pink-acrylic denture base material. The existing teeth remain in the exact same place.
Reasons for rebase procedure:
- Broken denture
- Weakened or old pink denture base
- Immediate denture
Repairs restore a fractured or damaged denture close to its original condition. Most denturist can provide denture repair procedures on a same day basis. Your denturist will advise you of the condition of your denture and the necessary steps needed in preventing further breakage.
Soft Liners are a medical grade soft polymer material applied to the tissue-fitting surface of your hard denture base. Soft liners behave like a shock-absorbing cushion when you are chewing. Soft liners can be applied to new dentures, old dentures, relines and rebase situations.
Soft liners are appropriate for:
- Flat or nearly at gum tissues
- Gums with thin tissues over bony areas
- Chronically sore gum tissues
Facts about soft liners:
- Over 20 years of advances and developments in quality soft liners
- Increased comfort during chewing and daily wear
- Clinical evidence indicating a high acceptance by patients
- Based on patient home care cleaning, soft liners have an average lifespan of two to four years depending on your physiology.