A healthy mouth functions in perfect balance. Each tooth bears part of the workload, and top and bottom teeth fit together perfectly, like a puzzle. Just one missing tooth can destroy this balance, resulting in discomfort and embarrassment, and puts you at a greater risk to lose more teeth. Your health may suffer as well because of impaired chewing ability. Dr. Benich replaces missing teeth and restores dental harmony with custom-made dentures and partials.
Dentures replace the full upper and/or lower row of teeth and are an ideal solution for patients with many or all teeth gone. A partial replaces multiple teeth on an upper or lower arch. Whether you need dentures or a partial, Dr. Benich will design your prosthetic with precision and skill, for optimal function and comfort.
Immediate dentures are inserted directly after the removal of the remaining teeth, and the dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. The advantage is you have teeth during the healing period. But as bones and gums shrink over time and during the first 6 months after the removal of teeth, your immediate dentures may require re-basing or re-aligning to fit properly.
To maximize stability of your dentures or partial, Dr. Benich may suggest securing them with dental implants. Ask about implant supported replacement teeth at your appointment.
Implant Supported Dentures
An implant-supported denture is a type of over-denture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.