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What are the different types of dentures?

We often get patients at the office with missing teeth and want to know their options. There are several options for replacing teeth including removable dentures to snap-in dentures supported by dental implants to permanent fixed teeth in place. Most often, the lower jaw if someone is missing all their teeth or some of their are missing will be the problem area. ┬áThis is because the strong muscles in place tend to push the denture out of place and there is no suction effect like a top denture would have. It is possible to have a combination of support meaning a full upper denture and a denture supported by dental implants on the lower jaw for better retention. Conventional Dentures Conventional or full dentures are made for patients that already missing all of their teeth in one or both of the jaws. Suction is used to hold the top denture…

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Aug 26, 2016 by
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Emergency toothache

If you have an emergency toothache or bad tooth, don’t wait too long to remove this bad tooth ! If the pain suddenly stops, do not wait till it flares up again because the pain will usually return and its much worse. Its best to see a dentist asap when the tooth is in the calm stage because it often make the area difficult to freeze requiring antibiotics. If your tooth is affected by gum disease, then its very important to not delay the process as the body is trying to get rid of the infection and tooth together. The longer you wait, the longer the damage will occur to the surrounding area making replacement options such as dental implants a more complicated process. A dental implant is a new anchor for a new tooth. If you wait too long, the area will be compromised making the replacement process more…

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Aug 26, 2016 by
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The number of dental implants for a denture

An overdenture is a denture that is supported by a number of dental implants. There are two types of overdentures: upper or lower jaw. A lower denture is supported by two to four dental implants under it. The more dental implants that are used, the more stable the denture is and less movement. The analogy we often use to compare things to is legs on a table. If you had four legs, the table would be very sturdy, if you lose a leg, then that table will start to wobble. The same thing happens with dental implants and a denture. It can definitely work with two dental implants however it can still have movement in the back area. A two implant overdenture places the dental implants in the front part of the jaw.   Implant Overdenture with two dental implants If you added a third dental…

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Aug 19, 2016 by
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The cost of dental implants

We often get asked about the cost of dental implants, and this really depends on the final prosthesis we are making. The cost of the teeth that are supported by the dental implants(the root portion) can vary greatly depending on the material used. For example, if you are missing all of your upper teeth, we use a number of dental implants ranging from 6-8 implants. These 6-8 implants will support between 12-14 teeth. There are two basic types of materials that are used to replace missing teeth: acrylic/plastic or porcelain. Porcelain lasts longer, is more aesthetic and looks real however it costs about 40 percent more than plastic. Plastic is used mainly for denture teeth and can greatly reduce the cost of a case but the teeth are not custom made and often can be prone to chipping, wear and staining. Plastic teeth are not permanent and you can expect…

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Aug 19, 2016 by
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