If you need dentures, you may think you have to settle for clunky, fake-looking teeth. But Dr. Rick Root can give you truly beautiful and lasting dentures. Most people don’t expect a beautiful smile makeover when they get dentures, but that is what we strive for.
About Beautiful Removable Dentures
Dentures may be the best option for millions of people, but Dr. Root doesn’t consider them an adequate substitute for your own natural teeth. Whenever he can, he tries to help you avoid tooth loss. Sometimes, however, tooth loss is inevitable. When that happens, you may be surprised how beautiful and comfortable dentures can be.
The process of getting your dentures with Dr. Root may be more involved than you are used to. Some dentists, in an effort to economize on the process, will skip steps such as the border-molded impression, the wax try-in, or will try to simplify the bite reconstruction process. Not Dr. Root. His object is to give you a quality denture that will be as comfortable and functional as possible and will meet your appearance expectations.
It starts with a series of impressions to fully register the shapes of all the relevant soft tissue structures in your mouth, as well as determine the extent of the borders of the denture. The reason for this is that the wider the area covered by the denture, the more stable and comfortable it will be. Measurements are then taken of the width of the opening of your jaw, the positions of your jaw joints in relation to your bite, and the position of the upper jaw in relation to the lower.
He will consult with you on the colors and shapes of the teeth that will best complement your appearance. He will then provide detailed instructions to the laboratory technician on how to set up your teeth. The technician will take the actual teeth that will become a part of your denture and set them in wax, and you will be given a chance to try them in. Since he is using the very teeth that will be in the denture, this will look exactly like your final result. And since they’re placed in wax, they will be able to be moved and re-aligned until the appearance and the bite are optimal.
The final result will be sent back to the laboratory for processing.
Patients should be aware that there are a variety of materials that can be used for both the denture teeth and the base. Teeth that are less expensive will be softer so that they wear away more quickly and stain easily. Some dentists use porcelain teeth, which are very wear resistant but are less comfortable and tend to break out of the denture base. Dr. Root uses hardened acrylic teeth that have a blend of comfort, durability, stain resistance, and lifelike aesthetics.
Less expensive base materials will also be more likely to stain and are subject to distortion in the processing. Dr. Root uses a crosslinked polymer base that is regarded as the premium base material. The object is to give you a long-lasting restoration that will be so lifelike, no one will know they’re not your natural teeth. He also uses a quality laboratory that doesn’t cut corners in any of the work.
Partial dentures are often the treatment of choice for patients who have lost a few of their teeth and still have healthy ones. In this case, a few prosthetic teeth are grouped together on a metal or plastic framework that hooks to the healthy teeth. When you are missing a number of teeth, it’s important to replace them. If you don’t, the remaining teeth will tip into the space causing multiple complications including possible periodontal disease and TMJ disorder.
Supporting Dentures with Dental Implants
Before we address this issue, we want you to know that Dr. Root has provided beautiful, comfortable dentures for many of his patients. Even though we are discussing dental implants on the same page, we just want to provide you with all the information we can. You can rest assured that we do not believe in pressuring our patients in any way. Dr. Root will work with you to find the solution that really works for you.
Although dentures work very well for many patients, there are some drawbacks. Some patients find chewing, speaking, and tasting more difficult with removable dentures. A more significant problem is that when we lose a tooth, the body interprets it as a sign that the bone minerals in the jaw are no longer needed. It begins to absorb those minerals to use elsewhere in the body, and this loss of bone mass can eventually lead to more problems down the road. Implant supported dentures, also called implant overdentures, can alleviate these problems.
If you would like to find out more about implant-supported dentures, click here to read our Implant Overdentures page. Then if you’re ready to discuss your circumstances and find a solution that will really work for you, give us a call or complete our Request an Appointment form. We’ll help you find a convenient time for your visit that fits your own schedule.