Implant Supported Dentures
Implant dentures improve the quality of life of denture wearers. The most significant improvement with implants is the confidence to laugh, sneeze and cough without any embarrassment. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed inside the gums and adhere to the bone. The denture clicks into place over the implants and securely stays in place. Conventional dentures do not prevent bone resorption and are not as secure. Also implants improve eating and increase chewing power similarly to natural teeth. Denture implants are strongly recommended for lower dentures to prevent the denture from floating when speaking or eating.
Complete dentures are made for someone who is missing all their teeth. To make a set of dentures it usually takes 5 appointments over 1-2 weeks. During the consultation the best treatment and procedures are discussed to recreate natural aesthetics and function. This appointment gives you an opportunity to express any concerns or desires for your new dentures.
Partial Dentures are made to replace a few missing teeth. Partial dentures preserve the remaining teeth, improve chewing and speaking, and prevent teeth from shifting. There are three types of partial dentures: conventional acrylic, metal cast partial and flexible dentures. Cast partials are more rigid, light and durable. They are thinner then conventional acrylic dentures and also more comfortable. During a consultation the Denturist will discuss with you which type of partial would be better suited for you to look, feel and chew better.
Immediate dentures are made before you have extractions and placed immediately after any natural teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are a good solution so you will not have to go without teeth. The downside of immediate dentures is after the teeth are extracted the gum recedes as healing occurs and the dentures may become loose or food can accumulate in those areas. After the gums have healed the immediate dentures will require a reline to improve the fit of the dentures.