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Dentures

Dentures Detroit

Eat, Speak, and Smile with Confidence Again

At the turn of the 20th century most Americans had lost their complete dentition by 50 years of age. In 1960, 50 percent of the population over 55-years-old had lost half their teeth. At this same time, 50 percent of the population over 70-years-old had lost all of their teeth! Today, we want to keep all of our teeth for an entire lifetime; and we expect to live well into our 90’s.

However, when teeth are lost, dentures are an option for DetroitMichigan patients to restore the strength, functionality, and beauty of the smile. At DiLoreto Dental Care, dentures are one of our finest cosmetic and restorative procedures. To learn more about dentures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiLoreto, contact our Detroit dental practice today.

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Dentures Procedure

  1. Preliminary impressions are first taken to make custom trays of your mouth. Custom trays allow shaping the soft tissues edges of the denture including muscle attachments. The result allows for comfort while chewing and prevents food from getting under the denture. The overall retention and stability of the denture is also enhanced.
  2. Next, an impression is taken of your upper and lower arches with your custom trays. This step is what separates a fantastic custom denture from all others.
  3. When you come back for your next appointment, stable base plates with wax rims are adjusted to capture your bite. This is where decisions are made: how much teeth will show, lip support and width of the smile – this truly is the art of making dentures. We want your denture to not only look natural, but also function without failure. That means no slipping or sliding as you talk or eat. We’re not done.
  4. At your next appointment, you will see the denture completed, but all the teeth are set in wax. This allows both you and your dentist to see the final result before the denture is processed.
  5. Any final tweaks or changes are made so your dentures look that much more special.
  6. Many times we create a thin metal alloy to the upper palatal region reducing the thickness of the upper denture by as much as 70 percent. The thin metal denture base is not noticeable and that thick plastic feeling is gone. The metal also transfers temperature better than plastic. A cold drink or warm coffee has a feel again as the temperature is transferred to the palate.

The key to a successful denture is bone. With enough alveolar bone, the supporting bone of teeth, a denture can function without complication. The alveolar bone is only necessary to support teeth. Since the teeth are gone the bone slowly resorbs. Furthermore, alveolar bone continues to resorb under a denture. Dentures ExamplePeople who have lost their teeth for 30 or more years are in serious trouble. Their denture does not have adequate bone for support. The denture slips, falls, and slides through normal everyday function. Sores from the denture sliding can be quite painful. Softer foods become necessary as the ability to chew becomes more difficult. There is however an answer to this problem – implant supported dentures.

Implant Supported Dentures

Dentures ExampleDentures ExampleImplants fuse to the alveolar bone and create an attachment that can be secured to the denture. These attachments act as snaps that lock the denture into place. The denture has replaceable attachments that have four different strengths. Two attachments on the lower denture can take as much as 10 pounds of pressure to release. With four attachments the denture is stable and can function beyond your imagination. Not only is the denture secure, but it no longer rests on the soft tissue causing pain. Your denture is stable, secure, and locked in place. You are able to chew harder and any food becomes enjoyable. Also, there are no more embarrassing moments when your denture slips while talking.

For those patients that really want a thin stable upper denture, tissue locator clips can be the answer. With four to six locator clips there is so much stability that palatal coverage is not necessary.

 

Learn More about Dentures

Dentistry has come a long way since George Washington’s wooden dentures. The satisfaction in restoring a smile is difficult to explain. Many times it’s as if we change lives more than giving someone the ability to eat and smile again. This simple procedure not only restores the mouth to its original form and function but takes 10 years off the look of the patient’s face. No words will ever explain what it does to one’s self-esteem. To learn more about dentures, contact our Detroit dental practice today.