Replace Your Teeth and Restore Your Smile with Dentures
People lose their teeth for many reasons. These can range from severe periodontal disease to extensive cavities to trauma. When someone has the misfortune of requiring full arch removable dentures, we are here to help. Dentist Rick Winter, and his Milwaukee practice Hampton Dental Associates can make you beautiful dentures that will help you regain your ability to speak and chew and smile. Dr. Richard Winter is trained in the Turbyfill Denture technique which is a deluxe cosmetic denture where he actually sets teeth with the patient present to ensure ideal speech and cosmetics.
As deluxe dentures are a more significant investment it is also important that we discuss, “how to preserve your bone.” Prolonged denture wear can lead to bone loss, resorption and erosion so placing dental implants or mini-dental implants is always a discussion to have when pursuing dentures. We always teach that dentures can be beautiful and work well but after 10 years the remaining bone will be lost so placement of implants early will help reverse this trend toward extensive bone loss. If you are interested in dentures, please contact our office to schedule your appointment.
What are dentures?
Dentures, otherwise known as false teeth, are an item used to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, genetic defects, or trauma. They help to restore the natural function and appearance of the missing teeth. Traditionally, dentures have been removable, but now patients have many options when it comes to denture design and permanency.
What are the types of dentures available for patients in Milwaukee?
Dentures are categorized as complete or partial depending on how many teeth the dentist needs to replace.
Partial dentures are an option for patients who have lost only some of their teeth on an arch. They are made from a gum-colored base connected to a metal framework and are attached to the adjacent remaining teeth for support. Advances in prosthetics have made it possible for patients to have flexible partials, which are built with the patient’s comfort in mind. When compared to its counterpart that uses metal clasps, flexible partials are virtually invisible and look very much like the patient’s natural set of teeth.
Hampton Dental Associates offers patients removable partial dentures and dentures and we can discuss the different types when you come in for an examination. If patients are missing a few teeth and they do not want removable teeth they may get a bridge or a “fixed” partial denture. These are prostheses that are cemented to two different teeth and hold a false tooth in the middle so they, “bridge” the gap. These abutments or crowns are cemented to the teeth on each side of the space.
Snap On – Bar Overdentures
When we must be more budget minded an overdenture may be the treatment of choice. This involves putting in implants and either connecting the implants with a bar which a denture may snap on to or it may involve having a denture snap directly into individual implants via a retentive device. Implant over-dentures that are connected with bars enjoy more support, stability, and retention.
Complete dentures are used to replace a full row of missing teeth either in the upper or lower arch. Dentists further classify complete dentures as “conventional” or “immediate” depending on when the dentist provides them to the patient.
Conventional dentures are placed in the patient’s mouth after the gums have healed following tooth extractions. The configuration and shape of the gums change after tooth extraction, and waiting for them to heal completely will provide the patient with better-fitting dentures.
Many patients prefer immediate dentures so they do not have to be without teeth for prolonged healing times. The dentist will generally leave the front teeth and remove the remaining back teeth so those gum tissues can heal. Then impressions are made and the “immediate dentures” are fabricated and returned to the dentists. Once we have evaluated them the patient is appointed to have the remaining front teeth removed and the dentures inserted immediately. Sometimes we may require a soft tissue conditioner (like a band-aid) be used to help hold them in while the area is healing. After a period of months, the dentures will need to be re-lined so fresh acrylic can be injection molded into the denture to improve the fit. Since these dentures do have to be returned to the lab for relining we also offer patients the opportunity to buy “embarrassment” dentures so they won’t ever have to be without teeth!
Why should I get false teeth?
Many people believe that dentures serve a purely cosmetic function. While false teeth restore the appearance of the patient’s teeth, returning a confident smile to the user, that is not the only benefit they provide a patient. Dentures help restore the chewing ability of a patient whose bite was compromised due to lost teeth. They also provide the support needed by the cheeks and lips to avoid the collapsed appearance that can result from tooth loss and the corresponding loss of muscle support. Beyond chewing and smiling, false teeth also restore normal speech function and reduce the slurring of words caused by missing teeth.
Who Is A Candidate for Dentures?
Ideal candidates for dentures have multiple missing teeth but still have healthy gums and good overall oral health. Easy to remove, cleanse, and put back in place, dentures are a great tooth replacement option for those without enough jawbone mass to hold a dental implant. If you do not have healthy gum tissue or have underlying oral conditions, these may need to be treated before you get dentures.
Will My Dentures Look Natural?
Yes! Modern denture teeth are customized to fit your mouth and resemble natural-looking teeth. Made out of plastic materials, they often mimic the appearance of porcelain teeth, which are the most natural-looking option for dental implants. At Hampton Dental Associates, we take time to consider each patient’s dental and aesthetic needs, prioritizing that each denture is personalized to perfectly fit into every patient’s smile.
How Can I Make My Dentures Last Longer?
Your dentures can last anywhere between five to 10 years before needing a replacement. However, these simple practices can help you take care of your dentures while at home, keeping them in perfect condition before your next dental visit.
- Remove your dentures before sleeping.
- Soak them in a cleanser at night and clean them daily.
- Avoid using toothpicks to prevent scratches and damage to the dentures.
- Handle your dentures with care.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and to determine whether or not your dentures may need adjustments.
- Dr. Winter discusses the 3-5 year rule. Every 3-5 years, dentures need to be re-lined or remade to insure an optimal fit as your body and mouth change.
What can patients expect?
Dr. Richard Winter will take preliminary impressions and measurements called a bite registration to allow the dentures to be placed properly and allow for ideal speech.
Next, the doctors will select the appropriate teeth and their color to give you a natural appearance. They do this by using wax rims to shape wax ideally to fill out the lips and record ideal contours before teeth are placed on these wax-rims for a try-in appointment. Then the dentures are fabricated with injection molding so there is less than 1/10th of 1% shrinkage to allow for a really great fit between the dentures and the patient’s gums.
Lastly, the dentures are adjusted, delivered and the bite is fine-tuned to allow patients comfort and dignity. In our denture brochures, we also review ideal denture care and the proper use of adhesives so that less food can get under your new dentures.
We always discuss Upgrade Paths for our patients so that even if you have had a denture for years there is always the possibility of Upgradeable Dentistry so that implants or mini-implants can stabilize or support your dentures. If patients begin an upgrade path they may place several implants per year and receive a Snap-on-denture so that the denture is fixed to the implants and are removable at night! From there we can discuss eliminating your removable dentures and getting you a hybrid (screw retained denture) or a fixed implant bridge. Please see our articles, testimonials, and videos on complete implant dentistry.
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