Dentures in Modesto
Are you looking for a dentist who specializes in dentures in Modesto, CA? Look no further than Dr. Openshaw!
Dentures offer patients with substantial or complete tooth loss a way to regain oral function and a natural looking smile again. According to the CDC, one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 has lost all of their teeth. If you are one of these patients, you may have learned to live without teeth. But you know what a toll this can take on your well-being and your social life. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat a healthy diet or speak clearly. You’ve probably learned to avoid smiling, and you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. Over time, extreme tooth loss may lead to the collapse of your facial features and wrinkling around the mouth.
Benefits of Getting Dentures
Dr. Openshaw will properly design and fit a set of partial or full dentures to greatly improve your quality of life. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy after you get your dentures in Modesto:
Restored ability to bite and chew a wide variety of foods. Imagine getting back to a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables again!
A more youthful appearance as your teeth, gums and jaw bone are restored to their original dimensions. These underlying structures keep your nose and chin from being too close together when you shut your mouth. Since you can chew normally, the muscles in your face get a good workout and remain strong and taut.
Better self-esteem. You can laugh and smile again without worrying what people think about your missing teeth.
Clearer speech. You can go back to speaking normally, making communication easier and less stressful. This can make you more outgoing and self-reliant if you’ve been avoiding social situations due to speech problems.
Types of Dentures:
Dentures come in a few different varieties. The two basic types are full and partial. As the names suggest, a full denture replaces an entire set of missing teeth (upper or lower). Partial dentures generally fill in a gap of 3 or more teeth where a bridge won’t provide enough support. These prosthetics are typically made of acrylic but can be placed over a metal base for added strength. Newer versions may be made of flexible resin, which offers a more comfortable, precise fit for some patients.
Traditional full dentures are held in place in the mouth by the pressure of the cheeks and tongue and by suction, sometimes supplemented by denture adhesive. They are removable. Partial dentures are often connected to remaining teeth with metal clasps to help prevent unwanted movement. These may be fixed or removable. Full and partial dentures are usually custom made after the removal of any remaining damaged or decayed teeth. It’s easiest to achieve the right fit after the gums have fully healed, but you may also request immediate dentures that can be worn during the healing period.
Implant-supported dentures represent the latest development in denture technology. Full or partial dentures can be fitted to titanium posts that are implanted directly into the jaw bone. This approach has several benefits compared to traditional dentures:
- Screw retained dentures are one of the newest ways to improve the function of your denture.
- The implants hold dentures firmly in place so there is no rubbing or irritation
- Dentures don’t slip during biting, chewing or speaking
- Food shouldn’t be able to work its way under the dentures when you eat
- Implants promote normal pressure on your bone tissue, reducing the rate of resorption (bone loss) in the jaw over time
- Implants provide more stability for lower jaw dentures than traditional prosthetics
Getting Fitted for Dentures
Denture fittings involve a full evaluation by Dr. Openshaw of your gums and jaw. You will have a mold of your jaws taken along with precise measurements showing the distance between your upper and lower jaw. These measurements and impressions are used to create “practice” models made of wax or plastic for you to try on. This allows your dentist to make adjustments prior to creating the real dentures. You will need to make choices about the “gum” and “tooth” colors used in the prosthetics as well as the size and shape of teeth and other aesthetic aspects of your dentures during this visit.
Once the final dentures are custom fabricated based on the trial pattern, you will return for a fitting. It may take several visits to get just the right fit. Proper fit is essential to prevent irritation, slipping, poor function and discomfort such as gagging sensations. There is a learning period when you first get dentures. They may initially feel a little loose and you may find that you produce more saliva than usual. You may need to practice chewing and speaking to get used to how the dentures affect these everyday activities. However, if your dentures continue to cause problems, don’t ignore this! These prosthetics should be customized precisely to provide you with years of practical use without discomfort or frustration.
Maintenance Tips for Dentures After you get your dentures in Modesto, CA office, you will need to keep your gums and your dentures clean to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush them daily as directed by your dentist. If you have removable dentures, you will need to place them in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight so they don’t dry out. The shape of your gums and jawbone will probably continue to change over the years. Don’t rely on using more and more adhesive to keep dentures in place if you notice a difference in how they fit. If your dentures become uncomfortable or loose, this is a sign that you need a checkup for adjustment or replacement.
For more information about dentures in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us.
Flexible or Wired Partial Dentures
Flexible partial dentures are very comfortable. They are made from the latest technology in thermoplastic resins.
Depending upon your condition, flexible partials may be all thermoplastic or they may be combined with Vitallium biocompatible metal for increased strength.
Removable partial dentures are composed of a metal framework with plastic teeth and gum areas. The framework includes metal clasps or other attachments, which hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are removed easily for cleaning.
Precision partial dentures are retained in the mouth by interlocking components. A specially shaped extension of the partial fits snugly into or onto a receiving area or projection of a natural tooth that has been crowned. This makes for anti-slip dentures that won’t move or come out when you speak or chew.
Suction Cup Dentures
A suction-cup denture utilizes a series of tiny suction cups made from a soft silicone rubber that gently adheres to the oral tissue without irritation.
The suction-cup denture can be used for maxillary and mandibular restorations and for patients with flat ridges.
Any existing denture can be easily converted to a suction-cup denture.
Full Arch Dentures
Full arch dentures are a removable tooth replacement option for those who need all their teeth replaced. They can be crafted to provide the characteristics (tooth shape and color) the patient desires.
Advances have been made in the materials used for dentures and in the way they are designed. If you already have dentures (partial or full arch) you may be experiencing a loose fit or denture slipping. This can lead to gum sores, can affect your chewing and your speech, and decrease your confidence when speaking and/or laughing with others.
We can help restore your dentures to the correct fit.
An over denture fits on-top of natural teeth or dental implants. Many patients suffer with ill fitting and loose dentures that move or even fall out when speaking or eating. One way of solving this problem is to construct a dental plate that goes over and attaches to something underneath it. Keeping a few natural teeth or placing dental implants in the bone under the denture also helps keep the jaw bone healthy. This avoids much of the natural jaw bone loss often seen after teeth are removed. Traditional over dentures go over natural teeth. A denture can be made that goes over and attaches to one or both cuspids.
An immediate denture is designed to be placed in the mouth immediately after the extraction of your natural teeth. An immediate denture eliminates the embarrassment of having to go without teeth, while the gums are healing.
Within 6 months of starting to wear a denture, you will have already lost about 40% of your jaw bone structure.
If you have worn a denture for a few years, you already know about bone loss. The reason your denture doesn’t fit like a year ago, is that you don’t have the same jaw bone structure to support it.