Fixed partial dentures, also referred to as implant-supported bridges, are used to replace several missing teeth with two dental implants and prosthetic teeth in-between, which are permanently glued or screwed in place.
For patients who are missing three or more teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge is a great solution. Unlike complete and removable dentures, implant-supported bridges are fixed in place and may only be removed by the dentist.
Removable partial dentures replace a few missing teeth in the upper or lower arch and restore the look, feel, and function of teeth. They can be removed and replaced at any time.
This tooth replacement option is made of false teeth and an acrylic, gum colored base, which is attached to clasps that hold it in place. The clasps are metal or plastic and hook to the neighboring teeth for support. This option is ideal for patients who are not candidates for an implant-supported bridge.
Implant-retained dentures, also known as overdentures, are held in place by dental implants. Most of the time, at least four implants are used. Overdentures can be used on the upper and lower jaw. They are more stable than traditional dentures, but still must be removed at night for cleaning.
If you have all of your teeth extracted, you'll need to wait for 6 to 8 weeks to heal before traditional dentures can be placed. However, you will not have to be without teeth this entire time. You will be given removable immediate dentures, which will serve as a bandage for your gums.
While they are convenient, immediate dentures are challenging because they are not custom-made for your mouth. Also, they don't look natural and require more care. They help to create a smoother transition to permanent dentures.
For patients who need a complete set of dentures, All-on-4 is ideal. They replace a full arch with 4 dental implants. The denture is permanently secured to the implants. You cannot remove it, but the dentist can for exams and cleanings.
There are several steps involved in getting dentures and it will usually take several appointments. However, Dr. Wetmore will guide you through the process, making the transition as easy as possible.
As with any other dental procedure, we will start with the consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Wetmore will explain the process. This will help you decide if you want to move forward with getting dentures or if you wish to consider another tooth replacement option. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions and bring up any concerns that you have.
If you have dental anxiety, this is the time to let us know. This way, we can explain your sedation options. Otherwise, you will only be given a local anesthetic for any additional procedures required such as extractions, implants, and others.
Next, Dr. Wetmore will do a comprehensive dental exam to evaluate your overall oral health. She will look for signs of decay, infection, and other oral issues. For some patients, additional procedures are necessary, such as the elimination of soft tissue to accommodate the denture.
She will also check for previous dental work that can cause problems with the denture. In some cases, a partial can be used. In other cases, extraction of the remaining teeth is the best option.
At this time, a mold of your mouth will be taken. This is to ensure a custom fit. The mold will be sent to the lab so that the denture plates can be made. Dr. Wetmore will discuss your options for size, shape, and shade of your new teeth.
Next, since your dentures need to fit perfectly, the length of the denture- or the maximum mandibular retrusion- will be determined with a loose-fitting tray. For this step, we will ensure the appropriate alignment between the upper and lower arches.
This step will ensure that your bite is perfect and there is no clicking sound when you are talking or eating.
Next, the loose tray will be replaced with the final teeth. If the fit is not comfortable, they will be sent back to the lab for adjustments.
Finally, once all of the adjustments have been made and your dentures fit perfectly, they will be installed. This will allow you to speak and eat, while also improving your appearance.
Be patient because it is going to take some time to get used to your new dentures- especially if you've been without teeth for some time. They have the same functioning as your natural teeth so, with practice, you'll get used to them in no time.
Once your final dentures are in place, it's important to take proper care of them. This will ensure that they last for a long time and help you avoid infection. If your dentures are removable, soak them in a denture cleaner overnight. If they are fixed in place, make sure that you are brushing twice daily and using mouthwash. You may also want to use an interdental flosser to get in the crevices.
Most dental insurance policies cover a portion of the cost associated with dentures. The type of denture you choose determines the cost:
If you believe you might be a candidate for dentures, contact Sunflower Dental Spa today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wetmore and the team. We are not your standard dental clinic. We have combined dentistry with a day spa feel because we want your dental treatment to be a pleasant experience. After all, if patients feel uncomfortable, they're less likely to seek treatment for their dental needs.
Take advantage of our amenities, such as complimentary beverages, blankets/pillows, massage chairs, and more.
Dr. Wetmore has the experience and expertise necessary needed to provide a variety of dental procedures for our patients. She can help you get your smile and confidence back as soon as possible.
If you are missing teeth, dentures may be a viable option. However, if you're like most patients, you have some questions. Some of the most common questions we are asked at Sunflower Dental Spa include: