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Who is a Candidate for Dentures?

Dr. Holman answers some questions about dentures!

  1. Who is a candidate for dentures?

Any edentulous (without teeth) patient is a candidate for dentures.  Also, patients with severe periodontal (gum) disease.  Patients with severe decay on the majority of their teeth are good candidates for partial dentures or complete dentures.

  1. I wear dentures. What can you tell me about improvements that can better secure my dentures so that they do not slip? Or so that they are more secure so I can chew the foods I enjoy?

There are a few options for securing a loose denture.  One option is to reline the dentures.  This is a process done in a lab or at chairside to increase the contact area between the gums and the existing denture to improve the fit.  Another option is to strategically place implants in 2-4 positions to help hold the denture in place.  The final solution is a semi-permanent denture that is held in place by implants and can be taken out by the dentist for maintenance.  This requires the placement of 4-6 implants, but is by far the most stable solution and the most like chewing with natural teeth.

  1. What does your practice provide that is unique and beneficial to someone who may need/has dentures?

We use a step-wise method to ensure the right fit and functionality of your dentures.  We take the time to work with you making sure you are happy throughout the process.

  1. Anything else you want to share about dentures as a solution?

It’s very important to have realistic expectations when first getting dentures.  They are not your natural teeth and there is generally a transition period of adapting to normal everyday tasks like speaking, swallowing, and chewing.  Any denture that is supported with implants will speed up this transition period.

Another good alternative to a compete denture is a partial denture.  Removable partial dentures use some of your natural teeth to help hold the prosthesis in place.  You can achieve great function and esthetics by maintaining some of your natural teeth.


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