Alice has a full upper denture and a lower partial denture
When all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a full denture is an economical way of restoring your dentition when adequate bone is present.
Benefits of a Full Denture:
- Restore a functional bite
- Restores a beautiful smile
- Enables you to chew food more easily for proper nutrition
- Enables you to speak more clearly
- Fill in areas of missing bone to support your lips and cheeks for a
more attractive and youthful appearance
- Is an economical prosthetic alternative
Upper dentures are usually very successful. The upper ridge is generally well developed and the roof of the mouth (palate) provides a nice surface to provide a natural suction.
Lower dentures in a patient with a young healthy ridge can be worn with success. However, over time, the lower ridge resorbs at a much greater rate than the upper ridge. People who have been missing teeth for a long period of time may experience severe bone loss which does not leave a large enough ridge to adequately support a denture. You must also keep in mind that there is no roof of the mouth to provide suction in the mandible (lower). The tongue, which lies next to the denture is a very active muscle which is always moving when you talk, chew or swallow. Patients who have experienced such bone loss will complain that their lower teeth are always loose despite how well they were made! These patients have a tendency to keep their lower teeth in a drawer. These situations can be beautifully managed by adding two implants to secure the lower denture allowing them to eat what ever they want with confidence.
Implant Supported Removable Bridge (Over Denture):
When you are missing only some of the teeth in an arch, a partial denture is an economical way to replace those teeth. The remaining teeth can be used to securely stabilize the prosthesis. There are many different ways to secure the partial to the teeth. Some involve metal or plastic clasps. Others types utilize flexible materials with flexible clasps, or soft o-rings which wrap around the teeth. Dr. Chomiak can discuss the different options and determine which type is best suited for you depending on the condition of the teeth and the periodontal (gum) health.