Denture Services in Lexington, KY
A conventional denture is fitted after teeth are removed and the gums are fully healed. These dentures improve speech, eating and overall appearance which helps in boosting confidence and well-being. Overall conventional dentures take several weeks to complete.
Unlike a conventional denture, the immediate denture is placed at the time of tooth removal. The advantage of the immediate denture is patients can leave after placement with an improved smile and confidence. However, the immediate denture will need several adjustments while the gums and underlying bone heal. Also, there are additional costs involved as the denture requires more office visits.
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Dentures – Full or Partial
Complete conventional denture is fabricated from acrylic and replaces your lost dentition either all the missing teeth, in which case on the upper jaw covers the gums and palate and on the lower jaw is horseshoe shaped to allow for the tongue. These are removable appliances.
Conventional full denture is fabricated and placed in your mouth after any remaining broken down teeth are removed and your tissues have healed. Healing may take several months and during this time you will not have teeth.
Immediate full denture is inserted immediately after any remaining teeth are removed. A prior visit of measurements, impressions and models of your jaws were taken. The benefit this denture is you never have to be without teeth. The disadvantage is this type of denture must be relined several times and may even need to be remade. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals and causes the denture not to fit.
Partial Denture is fabricated usually from metal frameworks, acrylic and the missing teeth added and attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are needed on the natural teeth to serve as better anchors for the partial denture.
Natural Cosmetic Denture
Instead of using traditional plastic teeth, natural cosmetic dentures utilize ceramic, porcelain teeth. They cost more than conventional dentures but last much longer!
Implant Retained Denture
An over denture is a removable partial denture or complete denture that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth and/or dental implants.
It is similar to a conventional denture, but you have implants which provide additional support. An implant retained denture is also known as an overdenture. This option is removable by the patient. Most patients will receive a minimum of two implants on the lower jaw and minimum of four implants on the upper jaw. The gums will absorb the force of the bite function Overdentures provide more support but will need adjusting in the future.
There are options with implants depending on bone, bone quality, your bite and skeletal position as to what type of implant supported denture would be best for you. Cost is also a factor for many patients.
Some of these options of overdentures and implants are locator type which utilize two to four implants , bar retained which utilize two to four implants and have a bar attachment to implants. Overdentures using teeth or implants are supported by both tissues and/or teeth or implants.
Hybrid Denture Utilizing Implants
This a fixed denture, meaning the denture is not removed once placed. It is only removable by the dental office. The Implant supported/Hybrid denture is attached to the implants. This requires a minimum of four implants on the upper and lower jaw. The use of additional implants may be required for stability. The implant supported/hybrid denture is a great choice for those patients wanting a denture that feels more permanent and wouldn’t be removed daily. The implant absorbs the force of the bite function and feels more like natural teeth.
This type of denture is fabricated using four or more implants and is fixed or screwed in and is not removable, except by your dentist for cleaning. This denture is supported or retained by implants alone. These dentures can be fabricating using and older technique casting a bar or framework and then acrylic base and teeth are melded to the framework. It is still screwed in and a non-removable prosthesis.
A newer technique is to utilize zirconium and CAD_CAM digital dentistry to meld a full zirconium prosthetic which is then artistically painted to mimic pink gums. The are the most esthetic hybrids and attach to implants as a screwed in prothetic that is not removed except by the dentist to clean.
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