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Cosmetic Dentures

Comfort never looked so good!

Many people think that dentures have been left behind in the cosmetic dental revolution. Not just denture wearers, but unfortunately a lot of dentists feel this way, too.

This simply is not true!

You, and many others, may think that because you wear dentures, you must sacrifice the look of your dentures for the feel of your dentures. Or more simply, because you wear dentures, you are destined to a life of dentures that present artificial and unattractive looking smiles.

Modern dentures bridge the demands for function, strength, and esthetics without compromising your comfort. Dr. Lopez offers exceptionally natural, esthetic and individualized teeth for the best in cosmetics and function. We work with you to design custom dentures that can help restore your natural, beautiful smile.

One of the most common complaints we hear from denture wearers is about the “false teeth” look, causing them to be self conscious about their dentures and consequently, smile less. This complaint is usually accompanied by shortcomings in the ability to chew and the overall discomfort they experience. Studies have shown that dentures that don’t look good, usually don’t feel good. Interesting enough, we generally find the above research results to be accurate. “A denture that looks better often feels better.”

When it comes to dentures, excellence should almost go unnoticed. The better the dentures, the more natural and lifelike they appear. Dr. Lopez will make your dentures appear more natural because they are designed and handcrafted especially to complement your personality, gender, ethnicity, and physical appearance. We will take special measures to make sure that your smile is absolutely incredible.

Once both you and Dr. Lopez have decided which type of denture is right for you, then it’s time to make strength and comfort meet style. Every beautiful smile found in nature can be used to design a denture for you that is truly a work of art! We can even use a previous picture of you to help replicate a smile you once had or even one you’ve always dreamed of having.

Not only can you choose the shape, length and size of your new teeth, but now you can also choose their color. The many advancements in denture technology can now provide you with a vast array of color options for your teeth.

But the choices don’t just stop here! Modern technology now enables you to not only choose the color of your denture teeth, but to also choose the color of the soft tissue (i.e. your gums) so that it matches you. When it comes to making dentures Dr. Lopez wants to make sure that no detail is overlooked.

There are a variety of customized gum shade colors to choose from, light pink to brown to speckles. We can even combine different shades for the most natural look.

Now you have the option to choose and design your new smile! The end result is that natural look that will make you smile!

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Which Denture is Right for You?

Types of Dentures

  • Partial Dentures
  • Conventional Full Dentures
  • Immediate Full Dentures
  • Implant Retained Dentures

Common Questions

  • Do you already have dentures that just won’t stay put?
  • Denture check ups
  • Dentures and Durability
  • Denture Repair
  • Are Dentures the only alternative for missing teeth?
 

 

Partial Dentures

 

When a person has lost some, but not all of their teeth, a partial denture may be the desired treatment choice. In this situation, partial dentures can provide a simple and attractive way to replace missing teeth.

Partial dentures are created from an impression of your teeth and gum which ensures a synonymous fit with the rest of your mouth. These appliances are designed to fill in the empty spaces, and to ensure an attractive, gap-free smile. Teeth are selected to match your remaining teeth and complement your individual appearance. Special care is taken to match the size, shape, and color to that of your natural teeth. The result is a seamless replacement that can blend in with your natural teeth.

Retained by small clasps that engage the teeth, the partial denture will secure itself in your mouth. In the right situation, your partial denture will be both comfortable to wear and will function in accord with your remaining natural teeth.

Partial dentures will also help to maintain the spacing of your natural teeth. When teeth are lost or removed, the remaining teeth will often shift to eventually fill the gap created by the lost tooth. This change in teeth spacing can affect the way you bite. This can lead to numerous problems, such Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems that could cause headaches, ear aches, clicking or popping sounds, or even difficulty moving your jaw. Partial dentures aim to prevent these problems by working to keep your remaining teeth in their natural position.

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There are three types of partial dentures offered in our office:

Conventional Full Dentures

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Conventional Full Dentures replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues with a removable dental appliance made of acrylic resin. Conventional full dentures allow a recovery time (usually four to eight weeks) after all of the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth. This allows the gum tissue to heal. During this time the patient will go without teeth.

Procedure for Conventional Denture Treatment (Order of appointments)

1. First evaluation and denture site preparation

  • If tooth extraction is required, the teeth are extracted and left to heal

2. Impressions are taken

  • Once the gums are healed and healthy, an impression of the mouth is taken for a wax-up

3. Wax-Up try-in

  • The wax-up is used to determine the most optimal position of the jaw and teeth
  • Tooth dimensions (size, shape, length, width)and shade are determined
  • The wax up is sent to a laboratory to construct a “try-in” set of dentures

4. Trial of “try-in” set of dentures and adjustments

  • The “try-in’ dentures are placed in the mouth to assure comfort, fit, bite position and appearance
  • The “try-in” dentures are re-worked at the lab and trail fitted during next visits until the color, shape and proper fit is obtained for the final set of dentures to be cast

5. Insertion of final dentures

  • The finished dentures are tried in the mouth and records are taken to ensure a perfect bite
  • Final bite adjustments are performed in-lab

6. Delivery of final dentures 

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Now there’s no need to go without teeth for any period of time after having teeth extracted. In fact it’s certainly more esthetically pleasing, and probably healthier, to have teeth placed immediately after the extraction of your natural teeth!

Immediate Dentures are those which are placed immediately after extraction of one or more teeth. Because the gum and bony tissues that surround teeth begin to change by shrinking and recontouring immediately after the removal of teeth, Immediate Dentures require considerably more treatment time and care than the replacement denture someone receives after having had their teeth out for several years.

Depending on the number and location of teeth being removed, an immediate “treatment” denture is placed and allowed to act as a “functional bandage” protecting the area, preserving the jaw relationship, normal speech and chewing function while healing is occurring. During this period, a series of plastic liner materials is added to the denture to help take up the space left as shrinkage and healing occur. These liner materials preserve the health of the tissue and keep the denture tight and properly adapted to the jaws. Approximately 90% of shrinkage occurs within 7-12 months after removal of the teeth.

At about six months treatment dentures are replaced entirely with a new, “final” denture that accurately reflects the shape and new contours of the jaw tissues. This approach allows healing to occur with a treatment denture that is modified as your tissue heals and recontours. It also allows the opportunity for you to see a “try-in” (a preview) of your final denture and to make any personalized changes.

Advantages of Immediate Dentures

  • A person is not without teeth for any extended period of time
  • Immediate dentures act as a bandage while bony tooth sockets are healing after tooth extractions
  • Allows a try-in (preview) of the final, definitive, denture. Hence, allowing the patient and doctor to make adjustments to the denture prior to processing the final denture

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Implant Retained Dentures

An implant retained denture fits over dental implants that have been surgically placed by Dr. Lopez. The implants provide you with excellent stability and support for your implant dentures.

How are implant retained dentures different from regular dentures?

Unlike traditional dentures, implant retained dentures are held in place by both suction and attachments on dental implants, which provide the retentive strength that you desire. An attachment retained implant overdenture will provide maximum retention, increase in bite force and efficiency, and added health benefits. Implant overdenture attachments are composed of two working components; an implant abutment that is threaded into your implant, and the denture cap which is retained in the underside of your denture.

The most important consideration in your decision to choose an implant retained denture is the limited retention and stability of a traditional denture which relies on suction alone. Over time, retention only worsens due to continual bone loss (atrophy) of your dental arches from the lack of teeth. The significant concerns regarding function, retention, stability, mastication (chewing), and speaking can be overcome by maintaining the level of bone present in the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible). These issues can be successfully accomplished by having dental implants placed.

What are the benefits of implant retained dentures?

1. Having dental implants placed will preserve bone and will dramatically reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.

2. Implant overdentures will control facial contour changes that lead to premature wrinkles and aging.

3. Implant overdentures will allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly. Studies have proven that overdentures contribute to improved chewing efficiency and phonetics.

4. Loose dentures that cause embarrassment will be eliminated. Messy denture creams and adhesives are no longer needed with denture implants.

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What do implant overdentures or denture implants look like?

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Do you already have a denture that just won’t stay put?

Imagine how great it would feel if your denture didn’t budge. Think about the confidence you’d have if you didn’t have to worry about your denture loosening up at the worst possible time. Visualize your life without the burden of having to constantly THINK about your dentures. Ask us how implants can be added to your existing denture for a rock-solid smile!

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Denture Check-ups

Seeing your Dr. Lopez regularly is still important. Your mouth is always changing, and Dr. Lopez will check to make sure your dentures continue to fit properly and will examine them for any sign of damage.

In addition, Dr. Lopez will examine your mouth, gums, tongue, and jaw joints for any signs of problems. Some diseases, like diabetes, will actually show symptoms in mouth tissue; your oral health reflects the rest of your health and Dr. Lopez is an important member of your health care team.

 

Dentures and Durability

While dentures are durable, they won’t last forever. With many years of use, dentures may lose their natural appearance and become worn, and will not function as well as they did when they were new.

Stains will likely occur over time, and even the fit may become loose or uncomfortable as your mouth changes. Dr. Lopez will be able to advise you on whether changes to your dentures are cosmetic or have an impact on your oral health and hygiene.

 

Denture Repair

A frequent cause of a broken, chipped, or cracked denture is the impact of dropping it on the bathroom tile or into a sink. Sometimes damage to dentures happens when they are left in a place where children or pets are able to get at them. Let us help you with your denture repair.

Do-it-yourself denture repair can cause more damage than good to your denture and result in you needing a new denture. Do-it-yourself denture repair, also. can be very destructive to the gum tissues and bone ridges and cause irritation and sores.

If your denture is broken, keep any broken pieces of the denture. To prevent distortion of the denture, store the pieces in room temperature water until your dental appointment. Dr. Lopez will examine you and the denture and determine how to best restore the denture to its original condition.

Some denture repair, such as replacing a denture tooth, can be accomplished quickly, on the same day. More complicated breaks, such as a fracture of an edge that rests on the soft tissue inside the lips or cheeks, may involve obtaining impressions of your mouth and having the denture sent to a laboratory for the repair.

To maintain the best possible oral health and to avoid causing more damage to your denture, see Dr. Lopez for an evaluation and denture repair.

 

Are Dentures the Only Alternative for Missing Teeth?

Another cosmetic dentistry alternative for missing teeth is dental implants. Implant supported crowns and bridges are exceptionally stable, natural-looking permanent tooth replacements that provide outstanding functional and aesthetic results. Dental implants can be a preferred option for replacing missing teeth, but not every patient is a candidate for implants. Dr. Lopez can advise you about the most appropriate options for your particular dental problem and oral health.
Request an Appointment today for your dentures Consultation with Dr. Lopez.