Common Questions Asked
by My Denture Wearing Clients

 

By Dr. Shimi

This month I'll focus on answering two common questions asked by my denture-wearing clients:

 

1. Can anything be done with my loose complete dentures? I've been relining them for years and am wondering if there is another way.

 

Let me provide a bit of background information before answering this question. Complete dentures have an acrylic base that sits on the remaining ridge of bone after the teeth are lost. Initially the bone has an acceptable height and width, which allows reasonably good support for your dentures. As time goes on however, the underlying bone shrinks and the dentures begin to loosen up. At this point the patient and the dentist commence a mad game of catch up where they continue to reline the denture to fit the newly shrunken bone underneath. But this is only a temporary solution and ultimately the bone loss continues until there is not enough of a ridge to help support and retain the denture. At this juncture the patient is absolutely helpless and nothing can be done to stop the dentures from moving around. Thankfully, strategically placed titanium dental implants (ranging from 2-6) will stabilize dentures by both maintaining the bone volume and allowing the dentures to snap onto them, improving fit and comfort and ensuring that your dentures don't move. The unhappiest dental patients are the ones with traditional complete dentures. And the happiest? They’re those same patients after having implants that secure their dentures in place. The procedure is quick, predictable and easily tolerated.

 

2. When I smile broadly, I reveal the metal clasps on my partial denture. Overall I’m pretty happy with my denture, but I’m wondering if there are ways to eliminate this problem?

 

Many adults replace their missing teeth with a partial denture. Some wear "partials" with the intent to eventually replace the teeth with dental implants, while others choose to keep their partial dentures for life. Partial dentures are kept in place by metal clasps that hug the surrounding teeth, allowing them to stay in place. When these clasps are in the back of the mouth they don’t often pose an aesthetic concern. However if teeth within the smile zone are being replaced, these clasps can be very unsightly and may cause the wearer to be self-conscious. Dental implants are again the solution to resolving this concern. If a patient wants to keep their denture and eliminate the unsightly clasps, even one strategically placed implant can do the job and also dramatically increase the retention of the denture.

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Dr. Shimi maintains a general dentistry practice in Richmond Hill with a strong emphasis on Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Invisalign and All on 4. Yonge Smiles Dental centre serves clients from Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, Aurora, Stouffville, Vaughan, Thornhill, and surrounding areas.