Colorado Springs Dentures
If many of your teeth are loose or painful, you likely have advanced periodontal disease, and it may or may not be possible to save your teeth. Our cosmetic dentist office in Colorado Springs would like to try to save them, but the final decision on that is yours. And if it isn’t possible, we will tell you.
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that eats away at the bony support of your teeth. There are treatments that can halt or seriously slow its progress, but when it has progressed too far, nothing can be done. The teeth then become the focus of serious infection that can threaten your general health, and may have to be removed.
Colorado Denture Options
Once your teeth are removed, you will want to consider replacing them with a complete denture. Here at our Colorado Springs cosmetic dental clinic, we are very experienced with dentures and can help you. Visit our make an appointment page, or give us a call at 719-598-1224.
There are some drawbacks to having a completely removable denture, however, and we want you to be aware of that. We will do what you want, but to make a decision that is in your best interest, you need all the information. When all your teeth are gone, your body begins to dissolve away the bone that used to support them. The minerals from that bone are then used in other parts of the body. So if your teeth are replaced with a removable denture, that denture is going to become loose in a few years because of this natural re-shaping of your jawbone.
After ten or twenty years of having no teeth, you will suffer from a condition called facial collapse. The height of your lower face shrinks, and your upper lip caves in, creating the classic “old person” look that you see diagram at the left.
Many people want to avoid looking old, but there is a more serious problem that isn’t so visible. With practically no jawbone left, you will become a dental cripple because of your inability to retain a denture.
That is why, if you are missing all your teeth, our cosmetic dentist office strongly recommend placing dental implants. Your jawbone will sense the presence of the dental implants, which will halt the resorption of bone in the area of the implant. While having eight or more dental implants in an arch would be ideal, the presence of only two implants would be enough to prevent total facial collapse, and they would enable you to continue to eat normally for the rest of your life.
The main disadvantage of dental implants is that they add to the cost. They also require oral surgery to be placed, and you need good basic general health to be able to undergo the surgery.
The advantages are that your mouth has been restored as close as possible to its normal function, so that you don’t have to restrict your diet. You can eat whatever you want. Also, your palate isn’t covered, which enables you to taste and enjoy your food. Speaking isn’t a problem, and you don’t have the potential embarrassment of your denture becoming loose or falling out at the wrong time.
The Denture Technique
To begin the process of making a denture, we first take impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, we make precise working models of your mouth, and it’s on these models that we make the denture. We’ll work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth. When your denture is ready, we’ll thoroughly numb your mouth and extract your remaining teeth. After your teeth are removed, we’ll immediately place your denture.
For the first twenty-four hours, your new denture will feel tight because your gums are swollen. As your bone heals over the next six to nine months, your gums will shrink and your denture will feel loose. When this happens, we’ll use a temporary lining material to tighten the fit. After the period of healing is complete, we’ll either construct an entirely new final denture or send your immediate denture back to the lab to be relined for its final fit.
Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to your new denture. At first, your denture may tip when you chew. You may notice increased salivary flow. It may seem bulky, and you may gag a little. Your tongue will feel crowded, and you may have difficulty speaking. But don’t worry, as you get used to your new denture, these problems will go away.
There are many options for implant dentures. You can have as few as two implants placed in a jaw, and an overdenture made that will snap onto them. Or you can have a complete set of implants, each one supporting one or two teeth.
The implant root form fixtures are made of titanium because it is a very biocompatible metal. The titanium root form is placed by a surgeon and allowed to heal. As it heals, the bone integrates with the root form until the root form is solid. Then the root forms are uncovered and an abutment is attached to each one. The denture is then attached to the abutments.
While it is healing, you will wear a temporary denture.
Which Is Right For You?
If you’re still unsure which method is right for you, we’d love to offer you a free consultation with a Colorado Springs dentist so that we can discuss your options. Contact our cosmetic dentist clinic today!