DENTURES & IMPLANTS
Dentures are removable appliances made of acrylic or acrylic and metal to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Ibrahim is proficient in the diagnosis, treatment planning and completion of dentures. This is a standard procedure at Viva Dental Dryden that meets the needs of a large portion of our patient base. Dentures could be partial or complete depending on the number of missing teeth. Several styles of denture designs are available. Below is a description of a few common ones. all types of dentures are not easy to get used to immediately after placement. They require patience, guidance and support from your dental team and may require several adjustments before they fit well. Don't hesitate to return as frequently as you wish to have your denture adjusted or to speak to us about your concerns. Most denture issues can be resolved with adjustments in the office. Come in for a free consultation and explore your options of what style denture may suit your needs.
1. Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are those made for patients who are missing all teeth in one or both arches. Many patients who have missing teeth and need to improve their quality of life should look into having teeth replacement. Complete dentures allow better eating capacity, improved speech and esthetics and restore the facial height that patients lose when teeth are extracted. Complete dentures require a good size bony ridge to have adequate retention. Many of our aging population suffer the loss of their bony ridge and often have problems with "loose" dentures. There are a few ways we can increase retention. Some of these ways are readily available and easy to do.
2. Complete Dentures with natural teeth abutments (underlying teeth support): In this case, the patients are fortunate to have a few teeth left that have healthy roots ( missing the crown of the tooth) These few teeth can be left in the arches and the dentures can be made on top of them. The roots act as anchors for the complete dentures and can have coping crowns (small metal caps ) on them with attachments to grip the denture and keep in it place. This is one of the most successful complete denture procedures we know of. Dr. Ibrahim performs this procedure regularly and patient satisfaction is incredible. The roots of natural teeth can be a powerful anchor for the dentures that may otherwise not fit tightly.
Stage one: The metal-based partial denture process starts with sending the mold made of the patient's teeth to the lab to fabricate what we call a metal framework. Once this step in tried on patients teeth and fits to satisfaction, the metal framework is then sent to the lab again for the next step.
Stage two: The teeth of appropriate matching shade and size are placed on the metal framework by the lab technicians and secured with pink wax to imitate the gingival shape. This step is also to try in the mouth and only goes back for the last step for processing once the patient an dentist are satisfied with the result. This step may be sent back to the lab with a few adjustments to reach maximum esthetics and function. The patient and dentist may choose to try the teeth in the wax stage again or send the denture back for final processing.
Stage three: This is the finished appliance in which the denture is now in one unit. Metal base with acrylic teeth imbedded in pink acrylic. The clasps act as anchor holders, the anchors being the teeth. Adjustments may or may not be needed at this Stage. The price of the denture if this style includes adjustments appointments until the patients is comfortable and satisfied.
An Implant is a screw- shaped medical grade metal alloy that is placed in the bone to replace a missing tooth. A patient may need only one implant if one or two teeth are missing but may need more if multiple teeth are to be replaced. A specialized surgery is done to place implants and a healing period is required for the implant to integrate in the bone. Once the implant is placed in the bone, it takes anywhere between 8 to 16 weeks for complete integration. Your surgeon will examine integration before the crown is placed on the tooth. The implant replaces the root of the missing tooth and the crown replaces the visible part of the missing tooth that we use for smiling and chewing. The implant procedure from start to finish could take anywhere between 4 months to a year to complete because every step has be to given time to heal and solidify.
Implants are becoming a routine procedure in this day and age. It is safe, predictable, cosmetic and very useful in many clinical cases. Many cases in which patients are missing most or all their teeth would be considered hopeless for teeth replacement if it wasn't for implant surgery and technology. Patients who once suffered with the loss of teeth, loose dentures, broken or impossible to place bridges can now enjoy a healthy oral environment and a functional smile. Implant technology has been tried and tested for decades and has a staggering success rate. It's a time consuming procedure and may require many steps but it's all worth the effort for the results the patient receives in the end.
Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Ibrahim and get informed about what your options are.
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