Complete Your Smile with Implant Supported, Full and Partial Dentures
If you are missing one or more teeth, you know the impact a compromised smile can have on your life. Mealtime can become a challenge, and you may feel hesitant to share a smile. Fortunately, there is a way to remedy this situation and enjoy life again. You can bring back your love of food and social occasions with quality implant supported dentures, full or partial dentures (also called dental bridges) created by our team of dentists at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics in Gainesville. Creating custom dentures is both an art and a science. The dental team at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics have honed their expertise with decades of combined experience working with patients who are coping with tooth loss. If you need implant support dentures, full or partial dentures, contact Tioga Dental & Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with our team of dentists and dental specialists.
New technology has greatly improved the quality and fit of dental appliances — these are not your grandfather’s dentures. The dentists at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics continually work to stay abreast of the latest dental technologies and incorporates these advancements into their practice to ensure their patients have the best available care. They know there is nothing more important to denture patients than proper fit and function. They provide this, as well as enhanced aesthetics, for each and every patient. Denture options offered by Dr. Perry include implant supported dentures that attach to dental implants and traditional full or partial dentures. Traditional dentures and bridges are economical, and sometimes the best choice for patients depending on their individual needs, lifestyle and overall health.
Imagine the ability to eat virtually anything and enjoy social occasions without worrying for a moment about your teeth! Dental implants can be a life-changing advantage for patients who wear dentures or have experienced tooth loss. Attached securely to surgically placed dental implants, implant-retained dentures provide increased stability, comfort and confidence — along with a beautifully complete smile. The dental team at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics creates custom dentures that attach directly to dental implants surgically placed in the jaw bone. Attached to a firm base, there is no concern for loose, slipping dentures or limited food options. Removable implant supported dentures remain in place whether you are biting into a firm piece of fruit, chewing juicy steak, or engaging in animated conversation. Implant supported dentures are designed for optimal fit and a natural appearance, so you can smile with confidence and ease. Tioga Dental & Orthodontic patients have been very pleased with their implant supported dentures, and say the experience is second only to having a full set of natural teeth.
Standard full dentures – upper, lower or both – are a solution when all of the teeth are missing or need to be extracted. These removable dentures include porcelain or ceramic prosthetic teeth on a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The dentures stay in place using suction, as well as the muscles and anatomy of your mouth. Dentures can be created to be worn immediately after tooth removal, or after the tissues have fully healed. The healing process after extractions results in changes to the size and shape of the gums, so immediate dentures will need to be reworked in a few months for optimal fit.
If you are missing teeth, but still have several healthy natural teeth, you may need a partial denture, also called a dental bridge. Partial dentures attach to your remaining teeth, dental implants, or to dental crowns placed over natural teeth. The restoration literally ‘bridges’ the gaps with natural-looking porcelain or ceramic teeth. Most bridges are easily removable for cleaning, but some patients choose a fixed or permanent bridge.
To create your dentures or bridge, your dentist at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics will make a series of impressions of your jaw, including careful measurements to determine spacing requirements. A model will be made so you can try on your prosthetic teeth and assess the fit and appearance. Finally, your permanent denture is created at a local dental lab specializing in dentures. As you begin to wear your new denture, our dental team will continue to provide adjustments as needed, as well as advice for maintenance and care.
Dentures today are made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance.
However, keep in mind that just like your teeth, dentures should be cared for with the same diligence. This means daily brushing and regular visits to your dentist.
Regular visits to your dentist are critical. Your dentist also can make minor adjustments that ensure that your dentures continue fitting naturally and comfortably.
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleansed of plaque, food particles and other debris. Keeping your dentures in top shape will also help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy; an unclean or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.
Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal, and soak them in denture solution overnight. This also allows your gums to breathe while you sleep.
Here are some simple techniques for keeping your dentures clean:
- People can brush their dentures in a variety of ways. Some people use soap and water or a slightly abrasive toothpaste. Popular denture pastes and creams also can be used.
- Avoid using highly abrasive chemicals or pastes, or vigorously brushing with hard bristled toothbrushes. These can scratch or even crack dentures.
- Hold your dentures gently to avoid loosening a tooth.
- Clean your dentures with cool or tepid water over a water-filled sink. Hot water may warp a denture. A small washcloth placed in the bottom of the bowl will ensure that your denture isn’t damaged if it falls.
- Soak your dentures overnight in any commercially available product like Efferdent or Polident, and remember to rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth.
- Remember to use a separate toothbrush to clean your own natural teeth, as well as all of your gum tissues. In lieu of a toothbrush, a soft washcloth may be used to wipe your gums.
- Over time, even daily care of your dentures may require them to be cleaned by the dentist. A powerful ultrasonic cleaner may be used to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances.
Implant-supported dentures and traditional full/partial dentures are offered by our dental team at Tioga Dental & Orthodontic, whose practice focuses on work with denture patients. If you would like to learn more about dentures secured with dental implants or traditional dentures, contact Tioga Dental & Orthodontics.