Posts for tag: Dentures

By Sood Family Dental
January 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Sood Family Dental
November 07, 2019
Category: Dentures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures provide several benefits beyond restoring your smile when teeth are missing. Dentures also provide support for sagging facial denturesmuscles and correct speech affected by the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing. Several types of dentures are available to meet your needs. At Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, our dentist, Dr. Sood, can recommend the best type of dentures for you.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth when some natural teeth still remain. Partial dentures help fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. There are two types of partial dentures, transitional and removable.

Transitional Partial Dentures: This type of denture is worn temporarily while a patient waits to be fitted with a removable partial denture. For example, transitional partial dentures are often worn following a tooth extraction. Once the gums have fully healed from the extraction, the transitional partial denture is replaced with a removable partial denture.

Removable Partial Dentures: This type of partial denture is meant to be worn long-term. Removable partial dentures are made from a light-weight material and are more comfortable for long-term use than transitional partial dentures.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also called complete dentures, are worn when all of the natural teeth need to be replaced on the top or bottom arch, or both. Three types of full dentures are available. The dentist at our Shelby Township office could explain more about each type of full denture and recommend the right one for your needs. Types of full dentures include:

Immediate Full Dentures: Immediate full dentures serve a similar purpose as transitional partial dentures as they are meant to be worn temporarily. Following the extraction of any remaining natural teeth, a patient can be given an immediate full denture to wear while the gums heal from the extraction procedure. Once the gums have healed, the dentures can be replaced with conventional ones.

Conventional Full Dentures: This type of denture is worn long-term and is custom made for the best fit possible. Additionally, over time, conventional full dentures will also conform to a patient’s mouth for an even better fit. Custom making these dentures also makes it possible to craft dentures that look completely natural, like a patient’s own teeth.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: This type of full denture is also worn long-term like conventional dentures. A primary difference is that implant-supported overdentures are held in place with dental implants, which are placed in the jaw bone. An advantage of implant-supported overdentures is that the dental implants provide additional stability for the dentures.

Several types of partial or full dentures are available and our dentist can help identify the right type for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood, your dentist serving Shelby Township, MI, call Sood Family Dental at (586) 207-1471.

By Sood Family Dental
September 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

How a denture from your dentist in Shelby Township, Michigan can help you

Your smile is your most important asset. In fact, it’s often the first thing people notice when they meet you. If you are missing teeth, you are Denturemissing your smile. You are probably also missing your self-confidence. Dentures can restore your self-confidence by giving you a smile you can be proud of. Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, Michigan offers a wide range of dental services, including dentures to help you smile again.

You want to feel good about yourself, and dentures can help. In addition to restoring your confidence, dentures provide many additional benefits including:

  • Restoring your chewing ability, so you can enjoy the foods you love
  • Giving you a great-looking smile, so you can enjoy social situations again

Choosing the right denture is important. You want your denture to fit well and be comfortable. You also want your denture to look natural, so you know you will look your best. Your dentist can help you choose the right denture. Consider:

A full denture if you want to replace an entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. You can choose from:

  • An immediate denture, which is placed right after your teeth are extracted; a conventional denture will be made for you later, after about six to eight weeks.
  • A conventional denture, which is made after your tissue has healed completely, usually at six to eight weeks.
  • An implant-supported denture, also called an overdenture, which is held in place by dental implants.

A partial denture is the right choice if you want to replace a few teeth, but not an entire arch. Partial dentures also have a few options, including:

  • A conventional partial denture, which is created after your tissue has healed completed, usually at six to eight weeks.
  • A transitional partial denture, which is meant as a temporary solution while you are waiting for dental implants.

Dentures can restore your confidence and give you the outstanding smile you deserve. To find out more about denture, call Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, Michigan today.

By Sood Family Dental
March 06, 2019
Category: Dentures
Tags: Dentures  

There are several options among dentures for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dentures are often used to replace an entire row of Dentureteeth, but they can also be used even when some natural teeth still remain. The natural teeth can remain intact while the dentures are used to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. A dentist can recommend the type of dentures that are appropriate for your needs. At Sood Family Dental, Dr. Sood is your dentist for dentures in Shelby Township, MI.

Partial and Complete Dentures

Many varieties of dentures are available for restoring both your smile and normal tooth functioning. The two main types of dentures are partial and complete. Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some natural teeth and does not need to replace a full row of teeth. Complete dentures are also referred to as full dentures as they are used to replace a full row of missing teeth.

Two commonly used varieties of partial dentures include transitional and removable partial dentures. Removable partial dentures are a long-term option for filling in the gaps from missing or extracted teeth. Transitional partial dentures are usually given to patients following tooth extraction. Patients wear the transitional partial dentures temporarily while waiting for the mouth to heal from the extraction. Once healed, patients can begin wearing removable partial dentures, which tend to be more comfortable as they are a bit lighter in weight.

There are three types of complete or full dentures available. Like transitional partial dentures, immediate full dentures are meant to be worn temporarily while the mouth heals from an extraction or other procedure. Immediate full dentures are eventually replaced with conventional full dentures, which are custom made for each patient and are intended for long-term use.

The third type of full denture is an implant-supported overdenture. This type of denture is held in place with dental implants, which are placed securely in the jawbone and function similarly to the roots of natural teeth. The dental implants anchor the dentures securely in place so there is no worry about them slipping out of place. Dr. Sood can recommend which dentures are right for you.

There are several denture options and one is right for you. For dentures in Shelby Township, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood by calling Sood Family Dental at (586) 207-1471.

By Sood Family Dental
January 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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