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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
November 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Edentulism, the loss of all of a person’s teeth, is more than an appearance problem. As one in four Americans over 65 can attest, total tooth loss can lead to emotional suffering, social embarrassment and a lack of nutrition caused by limited food choices.

But there are solutions like the removable denture, an effective dental restoration for more than a century. In its current advanced form, the removable denture is truly a functional, affordable and attractive way to restore lost teeth.

Creating an effective denture begins first by taking detailed impressions of a patient’s gum ridges. We use the measurements obtained from this process to create a plastic resin base colored to resemble the natural gums.  Using old photos and other resources documenting how the patient looked with teeth, we choose the best size and shape of porcelain teeth and then position them onto the base.

Finally, we fine-tune the dentures the first time they’re in the patient’s mouth to make sure they have a secure fit and a balanced bite when the jaws come together. We also want to be sure the dentures are attractive and blend well with other facial features. The result:  a new set of teeth that can do the job of the old ones and look nearly as real and attractive.

Dentures, though, do have one major drawback: they can’t stop bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth. In fact, they may even accelerate bone loss due to the pressure they bring to bear on the gum ridges. Continuing bone loss could eventually cause their once secure fit to slacken, making them less functional and much more uncomfortable to wear.

But a recent innovation could put the brakes on bone loss for a denture wearer. By incorporating small implants imbedded at various places along the gums, a denture with compatible fittings connects securely with the implants to support the denture rather than the gum ridges. This not only relieves pressure on the gums, but the titanium within the implants attracts bone cells and stimulates their growth.

Thanks to this and other modern advances, dentures continue to be a solid choice for tooth replacement. Not only can they restore a lost smile, they can improve overall health and well-being too.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can be stressful and embarrassing for patients to deal with. Some believe that it’s just a fact of life and they will have to live withdentures the gaps. But the spaces that have overcome your smile can be closed with partial or complete removable dentures. You can also recommit yourself to good oral hygiene to avoid more tooth loss. Explore your options with Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA.

Benefits of Removeable Dentures 
According to U.S. Census data and a Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), over 600,000 Americans say they wear dentures. These are some of the benefits of restoring your smile with removable dentures:

- Your Fresno, CA dentist can create a custom device that perfectly fills all of the gaps even if they are in different areas of your mouth.
- Since the device is removable, it can be thoroughly cleaned each night.
- Dentures can act as space maintainers, preventing your other teeth from moving around.
- Seeing your smile restored with dentures may encourage you to take better care of your oral hygiene.

Wearing Removeable Dentures
Partial dentures are designed to fill in gaps when there is one or more missing tooth in a row. Complete removable dentures cover the whole gumline, and are sometimes anchored with dental implants. The base of a standard denture is made of pink plastic that resembles the gums and the tooth is made of white composite resin or porcelain. Dentures have to be carefully adjusted and fit by your Fresno, CA dentist to work with your smile. It may take some time for you to get used to wearing them, but soon you’ll find a level of comfort when eating, smiling, and talking with others.

Taking Care of Your Dentures
You must look after your dentures if you want to preserve them for as long as possible. The average denture device will last about five to eight years before it needs to be adjusted or replaced. Here are some care tips:

- Get a special soft brush that you use to remove particles from around the denture after eating.
- Use a denture cleansing solution to soak your device while sleeping.
- Avoid using the denture to chew hard candies or open bottles to prevent cracking and chipping.
- Keep your denture case close by to store it and protect it from damage.

Restore Your Smile
Removeable dentures can completely change the way your smile looks and how you feel about your appearance. Call (559) 227-6755 today to consult with Dr. Curt Posey at his office in Fresno, CA.

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Curt P. Posey, DDS, INC.
7078 N. Maple Ave. Ste #105
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 227-6755
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