Denture Implant Options

Standard Dentures

A standard denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” The conventional type is made either to replace a worn set of dentures or after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 months. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed by your dentist after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments, a tissue conditioner (temporary reline), and a permanent reline will have to be done by your Denturist.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or re-adjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures :

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.

  • Partial Denture – Loss of three(3) or more teeth in an arch.

  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.

  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve ?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your Denturist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular Denturist visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Why does my speech sound funny ?

Speech is formed with air exchange between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Because your tongue is used to the shape of your old upper denture, and your new one is a bit different, your speech may be affected temporarily. You will find that your speech should return to normal within a few days.

Important facts about dentures

* Remember that once your natural teeth have been lost, your gums will shrink slowly but continually throughout the rest of your lifetime. Some people’s ridges shrink more than others.

* The lower ridge is the one that shrinks the most over time. This is why lower dentures are more difficult to wear than upper dentures. Many people have very flat, resorbed lower ridges. Unfortunately, even the highest quality denture cannot do it’s job effectively if it has poor support from a flat lower ridge.

* When you get new dentures, they are made to fit your mouth at that point in time. Then, as your gums shrink, the dentures may loosen. This can cause sore spots or even cause the denture crack or break. Be sure to have them checked if you have any of these problems as you may require a reline.

What is a reline ?

This is a simple procedure where we re-fit the inside surfaces of your dentures to ensure they are fitting properly. This procedure usually takes two days.

Everyone should have their dentures relined every 2-3 years to ensure that they are fitting properly. You should never wear a loose, ill-fitting denture for extended periods of time; it can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your mouth, often with little or no pain involved. Everyone should have their dentures checked at least once every two years to ensure good oral health.

Is there a solution for loose lower dentures ?

Yes! Dental Implants are a permanent solution for loose dentures. Simply, implants are artificial tooth roots that can be placed in the bone of your ridges. Then, your dentures “snap” or “screw” into place, allowing you to eat and speak with confidence and no denture movement. Book a consultation with your Denturist today to find out how implants can CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Finally, how long do dentures last ?

Everyone is different, but on average, about 5 years for standard dentures and 7-10 years for precision dentures (some people are less, some are more). It depends on many factors. If you have insurance coverage for dentures, they’ll usually give you some coverage for a new set every 5 years, depending on your plan.

Some people think that dentures will last a lifetime. Nothing could be further from the truth! Denture teeth wear down over time from daily use, slowly diminishing their ability to do their job properly. It is crucial to replace them when they are worn out. You cannot chew food effectively with worn-out teeth, which will affect your health. Visit your Denturist regularly for a check-up!