Fountain of Youth Dentures
Dentures in Bismarck & Garrison ND
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a type of dental prosthesis that replace a partial or full arch of missing teeth. Historically, the objective of denture treatment has been to restore the appearance of the smile and a person’s ability to chew. As dental technology has progressed, dentures have improved to support comfort, speech, and facial structure.
We are pleased to provide Fountain of Youth® dentures. These have elevated the fit, function, and predictability of replacement teeth through the use of neuromuscular dentistry principles. The difference begins at the onset of treatment. The traditional technique for denture-fitting is to take a static impression of the mouth. With FOY dentures, a dynamic impression is taken to capture the muscles in motion, thus leading to the best possible fit.
Our individualized approach to creating lifelike dentures improves the aesthetic value of the smile as well as chewing and speaking function.
Who is a candidate for Dentures?
Adults who have experienced significant tooth loss may be ideal candidates for dentures. The best results occur when a patient still has an adequate amount of jawbone structure and healthy gum tissue. Severe periodontal disease can degrade bone density and height, making it more difficult to achieve a reliable fit.
Individuals with gum disease but no significant bone deterioration may be good candidates for denture treatment, as are people whose teeth are intact but considerably diseased. Loose, damaged teeth or teeth that have shifted due to poor gum health can be removed and replaced with a denture that fits over the arch.
What problems do dentures fix?
The primary purpose of denture treatment is to replace missing teeth. By reinstating oral structure, dentures can correct the speech problems that occur when teeth are not in proper position or are absent altogether. They can also correct or prevent the degradation of facial structure that occurs when support from teeth and adequate jaw height disappears. Without the foundation of the jaw and teeth, the lips and cheeks will sink inward.
When dentures are made to replace failing teeth, treatment can eliminate the pain and chewing difficulty caused by oral disease. Ultimately, a person whose missing or diseased teeth are replaced with dentures can feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance, speech, and chewing abilities.
Full Vs. Partial Dentures
The dentures that are commonly made today include full and partial dentures and implant-supported dentures.
Full dentures are fixtures that replace an entire arch of teeth. This type of denture can be made to replace all of your top teeth, all of your bottom teeth, or both arches of teeth. Conventional full dentures are made to fit over the gums, where they stay in place with natural suction. Additional stability may be achieved with a denture adhesive.
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that fits into place between natural teeth. Partial dentures can be made to replace a few missing teeth in a row. Stability is gained by affixing the artificial teeth to adjacent teeth using metal clasps.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures often look false when they slip out of position. Dental implants can help support your dentures by attaching them to your jaw, avoiding the problems caused by slippage. With lower dentures from Deeter Dental, we highly recommend the use of dental implants to maintain stability and retention of the lower denture. If you choose, you may have your upper dentures supported with dental implants as well.
An implant is a metal structure that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of natural roots. To support a full denture, several dental implants are placed across the arch. When implants heal, meaning that bone tissue has grown around each post, the denture can be affixed for a secure fit.
Before we create your dentures, you will meet with the dentist to discuss any aesthetic concerns you have. We take meticulous measurements to achieve the best fit for each patient. If Fountain of Youth dentures is selected, impressions will be made when your mouth is in motion. Dr. Deeter will direct the movements to make when impression material is in the mouth. These movements help determine the proper height of replacement teeth and the overall contouring of the part of the denture that fits over the gums. The impressions of your jaws are sent to one of our highly trained dental labs where a trial set of dentures is created.
Dr. Deeter will check the fit of your trial dentures and will make all necessary adjustments and measurements. He will then send the information back to the lab to have your final set of dentures made. If you are receiving dental implants to support your dentures, a period of two to six months may be necessary to allow the implants to stabilize in your jaw bone.
Once the final dentures are complete and your dental implants are stabilized, we will fit and attach your dentures to your implants, and you will be able to eat and speak naturally. If you have any difficulty using your dentures to eat or speak, you should return to our office immediately to have adjustments made.
Some patients undergo tooth extraction as the starting point of their denture treatment. In some instances, it may be possible to insert dental implants immediately after tooth extraction. The process of implant installation will be discussed during the initial consultation for treatment based on patient preferences and the state of oral health.
Alternatives to Dentures
Depending on the extent of tooth loss, a dental bridge may be recommended. Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or two adjacent teeth. Alternatively, a patient may choose to replace one or more individual teeth with dental implants and crowns.
How to Care for Dentures
Dentures require daily care and periodic checkups. Patients are advised to:
- Always handle dentures with care. If dentures are dropped, they can break.
- Keep dentures away from children and pets to prevent damage.
- Rinse them after eating.
- Remove them daily to brush with non-abrasive toothpaste or soak overnight in an appropriate denture solution.
- Rinse them after soaking before inserting into the mouth.
- See the dentist periodically for dental exams and gum treatment as needed.
- Schedule a dental visit if dentures feel loose.
How long do dentures last?
Conventional dentures typically last between five and eight years. With good care, FOY dentures and implant-supported dentures may last even longer due to the much slower progression of bone loss that affects denture fit.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about dentures or to schedule a consultation with Deeter Dental, please contact our Bismarck cosmetic dentists today, welcoming patients from Bismarck and the surrounding areas of North Dakota. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.