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Replacing Missing Teeth With Dentures

Do you need artificial teeth but feel that dental implants aren’t the right choice for you? If you live in Phoenix and need to repair your smile, consider investing in dentures. Dentures are a removable appliance that replaces your natural teeth. They are an affordable option for people who want to improve their smile. The dentists at CenterCare Dental Group can help you determine if dentures are right for you. Keep reading to learn why you should replace missing teeth with dentures.

Boosts Your Self Esteem

It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you look in the mirror and notice your missing or damaged teeth. When you’re uncomfortable with your looks, you’re less likely to laugh or smile when interacting with others. Wearing dentures helps you feel more confident whether you’re in a social situation or at work.

Improves Your Appearance

When you experience tooth loss, you look older than your chronological age. That’s because your face begins to sag. Teeth support your facial muscles. If you are missing teeth, people will assume you are older than you really are.

Improves Word Pronunciation

Teeth play a large part in allowing you to properly pronounce your words. If you have missing or broken teeth, you may struggle to enunciate your speech. Wearing dentures can help you communicate more effectively.

Allows You to Chew Properly

When you are missing teeth, you’re reduced to eating only soft foods and drinking liquids. Fortunately, dentures let you chew a wide variety of your favorite foods. This allows you to receive the nutrients you need to maintain good health.

Schedule an Appointment

If you live in Phoenix and are interested in wearing dentures, contact the dentists at CenterCare Dental Group to discuss your options. They can help you learn more about the benefits of dentures and provide you with a wide variety of services related to improving your smile. Give us a call at (602) 671-3956.

Dentures in a glass of water

There’s no doubt about it — dentures have changed your life. Now you can eat and speak normally, and smile again with confidence. But if you’re going to continue to benefit from your dentures, you’ll need to take care of them. One of the best things you can do is not sleep with them in.

There are a couple of important reasons why you should take your dentures out when you go to bed. First, dentures tend to compress the bony ridges of the gums that support them. This contributes to the loss of the underlying bone, an occurrence common with missing teeth. Wearing dentures around the clock can accelerate this bone loss, which eventually loosens your denture fit.

Constant denture wearing also contributes to mouth conditions conducive to dental disease. You’re more likely to develop tongue and denture plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) that can cause gum inflammation or yeast development. The presence of the latter could also trigger a chronic response from your immune system that might make you more susceptible to other diseases.

Good oral hygiene is just as important with dentures as with natural teeth. Besides removing them at night, you should also take them out and rinse them after eating and brush them at least once a day with a soft tooth brush. And be sure to use regular dish or hand soap (especially antibacterial) or denture cleanser — toothpaste is too abrasive for denture surfaces.

It’s also a good habit to store your dentures in water or, better, an alkaline peroxide solution. This will help deter plaque and yeast development. And don’t forget the rest of your mouth: brush your tongue and gums with a very soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) or clean them off with a damp cloth.

Taking care of your dentures will ensure two things. You’ll lower your risk for disease — and you’ll also help extend your dentures’ life and fit.

If you would like more information on caring for your dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Ederly Woman Covering Mouth with her right hand

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

Implant Overdenture

Some patients who wear dentures face a kind of Catch-22: their denture fit may have loosened and become uncomfortable over time due to continued bone loss, yet the same bone loss prevents them from obtaining dental implants, a superior tooth replacement system to dentures.

But there may be a solution to this dilemma that combines the stability of implants with a removable denture. A set of smaller diameter implants — “mini-implants” — can support a removable denture with less bone than required by a conventional implant.

Like all living tissue, bone has a life cycle: after a period of growth, the older bone dissolves and is absorbed by the body, a process known as resorption. The forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted by the teeth to the jawbones, which stimulates new bone formation to replace the resorbed bone. When the teeth are lost, however, the stimulation is lost too; without it, resorption will eventually outpace bone growth and repair, causing the bone mass to shrink.

Removable dentures also can’t supply the missing stimulation — bone loss continues as if the dentures weren’t there; and due to the compressive forces of a denture, bone loss accelerates. As the jawbone structure used to originally form the denture’s fit eventually shrinks, the denture becomes loose and difficult to wear. It’s possible to adjust to the new jaw contours by relining the dentures with new material or creating a new set of dentures that match the current bone mass. Without adequate bone, fixed crowns or bridges anchored by conventional implants may also be out of the picture.

On the other hand, mini-implants with their smaller diameter need less bone than the traditional implant. A few strategically placed within the jaw are strong and stable enough to support a removable denture. One other advantage: these mini-implants can be installed in one visit with local anesthesia and usually without the need for incisions or stitches.

If you would like more information on dentures supported by mini-implants, 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 “The ‘Great’ Mini-Implant.”

Dentures and Trays

What will you do? You have so many questions about the dentures your dentist is recommending. Relax. You’re in good hands with the four highly-skilled dentists at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix. They know dentures well and will provide the best prosthetic for your needs. Read here some FAQs about dentures and how they can benefit you.

Frequently asked questions about dentures

What are dentures? Dentures are artificial teeth replacing one, two, multiple or even an entire arch of teeth. Dentures normalize smile appearance, facial structure, and oral functions such as biting, chewing and speaking. Only your Phoenix dentist can customize the denture perfect for your oral health, appearance, and personal preferences.

Are there different types? Yes, there are several:

  • Partial, for people missing one or more teeth
  • Full conventional, for complete tooth loss
  • Immediate, place right after dental extraction
  • Implant-supported, for the most stable fit and bite and improvement of jaw bone size and health

Your dentist will recommend a care plan and appliance right for your needs. Regardless of the type, know that your denture will look good and function properly.

How can I know which denture option is right for me? Ask your dentist when you consult with him or her at CenterCare Dental Group.

Are dentures permanent? Many are fully removable. Implant-supported dentures are held in place by two, four or six titanium implants and may be removed only by your dentist.

Can my mouth stay healthy when I wear dentures? Yes, it can as long as you take care of your dentures. Remove them and rinse them thoroughly. Then, place them in your dentist-recommended denture soak. Rinse your mouth with clear water, and gently brush all soft oral tissues and any remaining teeth to remove food residues. Typically, oral irritation develops when denture wearers don’t keep up with their oral hygiene or don’t report sore spots or other issues to their dentists right away.

Will I look good with my dentures? The dentures designed by your dentist at CenterCare Dental Group definitely are not your grandma’s dentures. Designed and crafted precisely and with the finest materials (acrylic and some metals as needed), your new dentures will rejuvenate your facial appearance and have a very natural look.

I am going to feel odd wearing dentures. What can I do to feel better? Don’t worry. Literally millions of people in the US wear a denture of one kind or other, reports the American College of Prosthodontists. Take confidence in the fact that you’ll receive your dentures from the experienced team at CenterCare Dental Group.

Find out more

For answers to more questions about dentures, please contact CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ, for more information: (602) 671-3956. We’re always happy to help you have great oral health and a wonderful smile.

Implant Supported Overdenture

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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.”



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