At Roswell Complete Dentistry, we are determined to give you a denture that keeps you smiling. We work meticulously to ensure that you are satisfied with the appearance of the teeth, and that it looks so natural that people will not know you are wearing a denture.
With a denture, you’re not just replacing teeth; you’re replacing lost gum and bone as well. Losing teeth can mean losing support for your cheeks and lips, and a well made denture can replace that lost support. When you come in for a denture consultation, we will discuss all of our denture options with you to find what treatment works best for you.
Traditional dentures are held into place only by passive retention, which means they sit directly on the gum tissue and rely on the lips and tongue to keep them in place. Often times patients use denture adhesive pastes to keep them in during the day. Patients have the hardest time keeping traditional lower dentures into place, because there is not as much surface to hold them in place, like there is on the roof of the mouth for upper dentures. This can cause the lower denture to feel loose and floppy.
An implant denture is sometimes referred to as a “Teeth in a Day” or an “All on 4.” An implant denture replaces all missing teeth, but is more like a fixed bridge than a denture. This is because it is fixed into place by usually four to six dental implants. The implant denture remains in place, and is only able to be removed by the dentist. Therefore, the patient does not need to take it out every night, like traditional dentures. This type of denture is the most durable, stable, and esthetic option.
An overdenture is a denture that is held in place by dental implants. The denture is able to be removed by the patient, but because it is attached to implants, it is much more stable and secure than a traditional denture. The denture essentially snaps into the implants, much like a snap button. Lower overdentures are attached to at least two implants, and upper dentures are held into place by at least for implants. Many times, a patient’s existing denture can be converted into an overdenture. Overdentures are especially useful on the lower arch, because patients have the hardest time keeping those in place.