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Several options are available for restoring your smile if you’ve lost teeth or had some extracted. Two highly effective options for replacing missing teeth are dental implants and dentures. Each method offers several benefits and can help minimize the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte, the experienced dentists at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, can help you decide whether dental implants or dentures are right for you. It's important to note that dentists at Colonial Dental Group do not place implants themselves, but can refer you to someone who does.
Dental implants are a long-lasting and versatile tooth replacement option. They can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch. Dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone and function similarly to the roots of natural teeth by anchoring replacement teeth securely in place. Dental implants are used with crowns, bridgework, or implant-supported dentures to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. They are extremely secure because they become permanently fused to the bone tissue in the jaw over time.
The benefits of restoring your smile with dental implants are extensive. Some of the primary benefits of this exciting tooth-replacement method include:
- Securely anchor a variety of tooth restorations
- Longest-lasting tooth replacement option
- Help prevent bone loss caused by tooth loss
- Dental implant-supported teeth are as easy to care for as natural teeth
- Minimize many of the side effects of tooth loss, such as facial sagging
- Dental implants do not adversely affect or strain the adjacent natural teeth
Since dental implants are placed in the jawbone, it is necessary to have sufficient bone tissue. Unfortunately, bone loss can follow tooth loss as the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is not supporting teeth.
Dentures are another option for restoring your smile following tooth loss. Several types of dentures are available to suit different needs. Two types of removable dentures include full and partial. Full dentures are needed when there are no natural teeth left along either the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some natural teeth and just needs to fill in the gaps around those teeth.
Another type of denture is a fixed or implant-supported denture. This type of denture is permanently fixed in place with multiple dental implants. Fixed dentures are extremely secure and long-lasting. No matter what type of dentures are chosen, they all offer many benefits. Dentures complete your smile, restore biting and chewing functions, reduce facial sagging due to tooth loss, and so much more. Our knowledgeable dentists can help you select the right tooth replacement option for your needs.
When it comes to restoring your smile, there are several options to choose from. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte to learn more about replacing missing teeth by calling Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, at (847) 729-2233.
Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.
Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.
Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.
If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.
Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.
Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.
Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.
This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.
If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”
You probably can’t remember a time without your teeth — and can’t imagine life without them. But now it’s a reality: one by one your teeth have become casualties in a long-standing war with dental disease until now they’re all lost.
Total tooth loss (edentulism) can be difficult in more ways than the loss of function — it can be psychologically traumatic as you must now transition from natural teeth to dentures or other restorations. To add to the stress, you probably won’t be able to obtain your permanent restoration immediately because the extraction sites must heal.
To help you with this transition and provide a means for you to have teeth during the healing period, we may fit you with an appliance known as an immediate denture. With these temporary teeth replacements, you can maintain your smile appearance, chew food and speak unimpaired.
Initially, immediate dentures should fit well, but over time your gums will tend to shrink as they heal. This can loosen the dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear. If the healing process is still ongoing and you still need to wear the immediate dentures, they can be relined with more denture material to fine-tune the fit.
At some point, though, we must consider creating a new, permanent set of dentures. When your mouth is fully healed, we can make a more accurate impression that we can then use to construct your new set. There are also other options, such as using dental implants to support a denture or a fixed bridge. This option will only be possible, however, if you have sufficient bone available to fully support it, which we might also be able to augment with grafting.
Immediate dentures serve a worthwhile purpose, but only for a temporary period. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you to help you find the right permanent solution that fits both your mouth’s condition and your financial ability.
If you would like more information on transitioning to teeth replacement, 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 “Immediate Dentures.”
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.”