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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.
Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.
As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.
Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.
Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.
So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.
If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Losing your teeth? If you've lost all or some of your natural teeth, dentures can replace them. Dentures are removable appliances constructed to replace missing teeth. Today's dentures are more attractive and comfortable than ever. Led by Dr. Marsack, Crescent Lake Dental (located in Waterford, MI) offers state-of-the-art dentures to the patients they serve. Read on to learn about the different types of dentures that are available today.
Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture closes the gaps created by missing teeth. This denture consists of replacement teeth, a gum-colored plastic base, metal framework, and clasps that connect to the teeth. Some partial dentures are removable, while others are worn permanently. Partial dentures can transform your appearance and help to restore comfort when speaking and eating.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. A complete denture is a removable appliance used when all teeth within the jaw have been lost and need to be replaced. Complete dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink-colored base that fits over your gums. This denture is placed in your mouth after your natural teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. A complete denture will help you feel like you again and boost your confidence at work and in social situations.
An overdenture is a removable dental prosthesis that rests on natural teeth, the roots of teeth, or dental implants. An overdenture will enhance your appearance, improve your ability to chew food, and improve your clarity of speech. Better dental hygiene and a lower risk of periodontal (gum) disease are two additional benefits of using overdentures.
Immediate dentures, also called temporary dentures, are made before the existing teeth have been extracted. This is an option for people who do not want to go without teeth. An immediate denture will protect your gums while you heal and make the transition to a permanent denture easier. After healing from having your natural teeth removed, a permanent denture can be made.
Want a better life? Start with your smile! Don't delay- call Crescent Lake Dental at (248) 682-9331 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Waterford, MI and get the smile you deserve. A denture will give you the freedom to enjoy life again. We want you to live your best life possible!
Maybe you don’t like to be without teeth — ever. Or maybe you get a little forgetful sometimes. Whatever the reason, if you’re wearing your dentures to bed at night, we have one message for you: Please stop!
Sleeping in dentures can have serious health consequences. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that nursing home residents who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 times more likely to be hospitalized or even die of pneumonia as those who did not sleep in dentures. But how can wearing dentures at night more than double your chances of getting a lung infection?
As the study noted, pneumonia-causing bacteria can readily be moved from the mouth to the lungs simply by breathing. And dentures that are not removed at night can become breeding grounds for all kind of bacteria and fungi (such as yeast). That’s what makes them potentially dangerous.
Another condition often seen in people who wear upper dentures continually is called denture stomatitis, which is characterized by a red, inflamed palate (roof of the mouth) that has been infected with yeast. The yeast microorganisms can also infect cracked corners of the mouth, a condition known as angular cheilitis. Moreover, it has also been shown that people who sleep in dentures have higher blood levels of a protein called interleukin 6, which indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Need we go on?
Wearing dentures is supposed to improve your quality of life, not reduce it. So promote good health by taking your dentures out at night, and sticking to a good daily oral hygiene routine:
- Remove and rinse your dentures after every meal.
- Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush or denture brush and dish soap, liquid antibacterial soap, or denture cleanser (but don’t use toothpaste — it is too abrasive).
- Store your dentures in water or a solution made for this purpose.
- Brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (not the same one you clean your dentures with).
- Rinse your dentures in clean water before you put them back in your mouth.
For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.
But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.
You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.
Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.
Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.
Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.
You have numerous failing teeth, and you want to improve your appearance and oral function. That's a great goal and at Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Glen Marsack, and his dedicated team help many patients just like you achieve their best smiles with custom-crafted dentures in Waterford. Count on their experience and compassion to give you dentures that help you speak, chew, bite and look as Nature intended.
Tooth loss and its impact
Tooth loss affects millions of Americans. in fact, 36 million people in the United States have no teeth at all, says the American College of Prosthodontists, and many more are missing at least one tooth.
Besides the obvious problems of oral function, facial appearance changes dramatically because of reduced bite height (giving the face a collapsed look) and increased skin wrinkling. Bite changes as gum tissue and jaw bone density deteriorate, and teeth surrounding a smile gap weaken as they move toward the empty sockets.
What you can do
Come to Crescent Lake Dental for a denture consultation. Today's prosthetic teeth are made from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic that looks very real and exhibits excellent durability when cared for properly. Dr. Marsack helps his patients determine which type of denture is best for their needs and preferences.
After a complete examination and X-rays, he takes oral impressions so the dental lab may precisely construct your prosthetic. Whether you opt for conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures in Waterford, Dr. Marsack and his team will ensure you're completely satisfied with the fit, feel, appearance and function of your new teeth.
Types of dentures in Waterford
At Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack offers several denture options. They include:
- Partial dentures made from acrylic and mounted on a metal frame. This prosthetic replaces one or more teeth and is anchored by clasps which attach to remaining natural teeth.
- Full conventional dentures are held in place by the mouth's suction. The dentist places them after extraction sites have healed, ensuring a snug fit.
- Full immediate dentures are placed right after extraction, allowing a patient to have a complete smile right away. However, these dentures must be relined or replaced after the bone and gums heal.
- Implant-supported dentures are anchored by multiple dental implants, titanium devices inserted into the jaw bone for optimal security and retention of gum tissue and bone. This choice guarantees no denture slippage and no need for refitting or denture adhesives.
Could dentures help you?
Find out through a friendly consultation at Crescent Lake Dental. Please contact the office for a convenient appointment with Dr. Marsack. Phone (248) 682-9331.