Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio

Dentures are just one option of many possibilities for replacing missing teeth; others include fixed bridgework and dental implants. Each method has its particular benefits, which should be cautiously considered. There are also many different kinds of dentures available to take care of specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your individual preference.

How Do Dentures Work?

Full or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored structure made of plastic resin, which fits over the remaining bone ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are made to appear and function like your natural teeth. Dentures are held in place primarily by the suctioning effect of their close fit against the alveolar ridges — that’s why it’s so important that they are fitted correctly. The upper denture also gets extra support from the large surface area of the roof of the mouth, which generally makes it very stable.

Wearing dentures may take some getting used to in terms of talking and eating, but as the dentures become balanced in the space formerly occupied by the teeth. Over time, the muscles, nerves and ligaments of the mouth learn to work in new ways, which permits these functions to occur normally. Dentures also help support the facial structure and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks, which can help create a more youthful appearance.

Types of Full Dentures/Immediate Dentures:

These are usually temporary ways of helping you transition to proper denture wearing. Because of the muscular alteration required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are located immediately after tooth extraction won’t fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete. However, they do provide you with new teeth right away.

Conventional Full Dentures: After a length of time, permanent dentures that adapt to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy can be fabricated. These are carefully crafted to look as much like your own natural teeth as possible, and are able to function properly in your mouth for a long time.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it’s possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a balance of comfort, functionality and value.

Types of Partial Dentures

Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be located.

Partial Dentures : Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-made, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little pricier than plastic dentures but will fit better. However, they are much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.

How Dentures Are Made and Fitted

Making quality dentures is a blend of science and art. First, an accurate impression (mold) is made of the alveolar ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth. The base of the denture is made from this mold in a dental laboratory. Working together, the dentist and lab technician choose from among many different sizes and shapes of prosthetic teeth to re-create a natural-looking smile. When everyone is satisfied with the result, the temporary dentures are made in permanent form.
To enable normal speech and eating, it’s crucial to balance your bite. This means that the upper and lower dentures come together and properly stabilize each other. The form and function of the dentures are carefully checked to ensure that they are working and fitting properly.

To schedule your initial denture consultation with Stuart Levy DDS contact our office today.  Dr. Levy serves patients in the Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio area.