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Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental 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.”
Are you considering tooth replacement options but aren't sure if dentures are the right choice for you? McLean, VA, dentists Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Care share a few benefits of full and partial dentures.
Dentures improve your appearance
It's not uncommon to feel less confident after you've lost your teeth. Dentures restore your bright, healthy smile, which may help you feel more at ease at work and in social situations. Once your teeth are gone, your cheeks tend to collapse a little, which can make you look older. Dentures help support your cheeks and may help you appear a little more youthful.
Dentures make eating all types of foods possible
Decaying or missing teeth can make eating difficult. If eating hurts or it's too hard to chew foods, you may have restricted your diets to liquids or soft foods. A soft diet can get boring after a while and may not contain all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Thanks to your new dentures, you'll be able to take a bite of a sandwich or enjoy a chicken dinner at your favorite restaurant once again.
Dentures may improve your speech
If you're missing all or a significant portion of your teeth, you've probably noticed that it's difficult to pronounce certain sounds and words clearly. Replacing your teeth with dentures can improve your speech and make it easier for other people to understand what you're saying.
Dentures protect your remaining teeth
Partial dentures will help you keep any remaining teeth in good shape. When you only have a few teeth, those teeth are subject to tremendous wear and tear. Dentures take the burden off your remaining teeth, which will help them stay strong and healthy.
Would you like to find out if dentures can help you regain your sparkling smile? Call McLean, VA, dentists Drs. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Samuel Cappiello of McLean Dental Care at (703) 734-0100 to schedule an appointment.
Are you considering getting dentures for the first time or replacing your existing dentures but aren't sure which type of dentures are best for you? Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello, your McLean, VA dentists at McLean Dental Care share information that will help you make a decision.
Full dentures feature a row of false teeth on a pink base. They're used when you need to replace both your upper and lower teeth. The dentures rest against your gums and the roof of your mouth. Changes to your mouth and gums during the first few months after teeth extraction will affect the fit of your dentures. Returning to your dentist's office for adjustments will ensure that your new dentures are comfortable and fit well.
As the name implies, you'll receive immediate dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted. A few weeks before removing your remaining teeth, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth which will be used to create your new dentures. You'll visit your dentist periodically for adjustments that will ensure that your dentures fit well and don't slip or irritate your gums.
Partial dentures are a good choice if you still have some remaining healthy teeth. These dentures are removable and are attached to your teeth with hooks.
Overdentures fit over your teeth and are a good choice if you have fragments of teeth remaining in your mouth. Although only parts of your teeth may remain, in many cases, the roots are still strong. The fragments and roots provide a stable base for your dentures and also help reduce jawbone shrinkage, which can occur after tooth loss.
Dental implants offer an excellent way to support your dentures. Dental implants replace tooth roots and are placed in small openings made in your jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implants bond to your bone and offer a strong foundation for your dentures. Two to four implants can support an upper or lower denture.
Dentures improve your appearance and restore your ability to chew and speak clearly. Call Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello, your McLean, VA dentists at McLean Dental Care, at (703) 734-0100 to schedule an appointment to learn more about your denture options.
People who’ve lost all their teeth (a condition known as edentulism) face a decision on how to restore their lost function and appearance. And there are a number of options to consider.
A fixed bridge supported by dental implants, for example, is a good choice for patients who still have sufficient bone structure in their jaw. It’s not a good choice, however, for those with the opposite situation — who’ve experienced significant bone loss which has also affected their facial structure. For them, there’s a better alternative that also uses implants for support — the overdenture.
An overdenture is similar to a traditional denture, in that it’s made of life-like crowns permanently set in denture plastic, and may either partially or fully cover the roof of the mouth. The main difference, though, is that unlike traditional dentures which rest for support on the gum ridges, an overdenture is supported by strategically placed implants that the denture fits over and connects to — hence the name “overdenture.”
There are a number of advantages for an overdenture, especially for patients with bone loss. A removable, implant-supported denture can be designed to replace lost tissues that have altered facial appearance — to “fill in” the face and restore aesthetic harmony. Patients who’ve previously worn dentures will also often find their speech better improved than with fixed bridgework.
Because it’s removable, an overdenture and the underlying gums are easier to clean, which helps inhibit disease and lessen further bone loss. It also allows you to properly care for the denture, which can extend its longevity and reduce future potential maintenance and replacement costs.
If you would like to consider removable overdentures as an option, you should begin first with a thorough oral exam that includes evaluating the status of your bone, jaw and facial structure. From there we can advise you if overdentures are the best choice for you.
If you would like more information on overdentures and other restoration options, 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 “Fixed vs. Removable.”
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.