Over 41 million people in the United States wear dentures of some sort because of extensive tooth loss. Dentures improve your physical appearance, restore your ability to chew food, improve your speech, and support your facial muscles. Heritage Comfort Dental in Flint, Michigan, has a team of dental professionals led by experienced dentist Jane Ney, DDS, who are experts at providing innovative restorative dental care. If you’re unhappy with your smile, call them today to book an appointment at their modern, state-of-the-art practice, or use the online scheduling tool.
WE DO IMPLANTS/ SNAP-ON DENTURES
Implant-retained dentures use a dental implant to anchor your dentures in place. It keeps them more secure than traditional dentures, and you don't have to worry about the dentures falling out of place or moving around.
An Overdenture is a Complete or Partial denture prosthesis that “goes over” the soft tissues and the retained natural roots.
In addition to dental implantology, the conservative approach to retaining roots and placing an overdenture is still valid. In response to increasing root decay rates and decreasing ability to maintain optimal oral hygiene, especially in seniors, placing retentive stud attachments on root abutments and protective copings in overdentures, patients have another method of treatment to avoid a “floating” denture and “keep” the sensation of chewing with their own teeth.
The treatment plan includes extraction of teeth with poor or hopeless prognosis, root canal treatment for the retained roots, if necessary, surgical removal of lumps or bumps of bone on the jaw that prevent the comfortable fit of the overdenture against the gums, then fabrication of a cast-metal framework into the esthetic denture is recommended to prevent future fractures of the overdenture.
Ask the team at Heritage Comfort Denture how this stable and economic procedure might help you to achieve your perfect smile.
Depending on how many teeth you've lost and the condition of those that remain, you can have the team at Heritage Comfort Dental provide you with full, partial, or overdentures to suit your needs and finances.
Full dentures are used when you have no teeth remaining, either because you've lost them all or because you've chosen to have your remaining teeth removed.
Partial dentures fit between your existing teeth to replace any gaps from missing teeth.
Before your dentist can determine whether you're a suitable candidate for implant-retained dentures, they investigate your jawbone to ensure it's stable enough to hold the implant in place. The next step is to remove any remaining teeth and place tissue grafts.
Then they insert the titanium screw implants into the jawbone. The bone fuses around the screws as it heals, anchoring it securely. This can take 3-6 months, depending on existing conditions in your mouth and your overall health. But there’s no need to worry that you won’t have any teeth during the healing process. Heritage Comfort Dental uses advanced technologies to ensure that you have teeth before you walk out of the office.
Caring for fixed dentures requires you to adopt different cleaning processes from your usual teeth-cleaning regimen. Many people use a water flosser to flush out debris from under the prosthesis before flossing. Water Piks and Sonic toothbrushes can be beneficial, as well.
The material of your prosthesis determines what methods you will use for cleaning. Check with your dentist about using toothpaste/ or mouth rinse. Toothpaste can scratch materials like acrylic. Remember to brush thoroughly and get the bristles under the prosthesis.
Wear a nightguard when you sleep; it protects your prosthesis from wear-and-tear. And remember to continue seeing your dental hygienist every six months.
Smile with confidence. Schedule your consultation at Heritage Comfort Dental today. Call the practice or book through the website.