Dentures Have Come A Long Way

Over half the adult population in the United States is missing at least one tooth, and many choose dentures to replace these missing teeth. After all, it’s a technology with a history stretching over 2,000 years.

However, it’s only been in the last 50 years that the evolution of dentures reached a point of comfort and convenience. Even more recent developments take this tooth replacement technique to the next level.

These innovations take some of the traditional drawbacks of dentures and solve the issues, making contemporary dentures more reliable and comfortable than ever. Now they have less fuss and doubt than the plates your grandparents wore. Here’s a look at some of the latest advances in denture systems.

Impressions and fitting

A problem with conventional denture construction started with the method of taking dental impressions. A physical mold was necessary, but the apparatus needed to make the molds held your teeth apart. Gaining an accurate record of how they fit together when biting took some educated guesswork and adjustments in your denturist’s chair.

Three-dimensional, holographic digital scanners use the power of computer processing to create intricately detailed virtual impressions of your mouth. The impression process is no longer tedious and uncomfortable.

And, since your mouth is in a relaxed position, the virtual impression gives the denture lab a far more accurate model to work with. The result is a better fit that creates fewer sore spots and contributes to less jawbone loss over time.

Dentures and implants

Combining two teeth replacement techniques, dentures can now be supported on posts that are surgically implanted into the bone of your jaw. Unlike older denture plates that relied on friction or adhesives to remain in place, these plates can now snap on to implanted posts.

This holds the dentures firmly in place. There’s no risk of shifting, leading to confidence eating a wide variety of foods and without fear of plates shifting as you speak.

Dental implants are quickly becoming the standard of care for both permanent tooth replacement and in hybrid combinations of implants and dentures. Implants help preserve the bone of your jaw, which could otherwise lose mass with poorly-fitting conventional dentures.

Immediate Dentures

In some cases, you may be a candidate to have a denture implanted simultaneously with a tooth extraction. Contemporary painless dentistry provides suitable sedation to permit the combined procedure.

You’ll need a preparatory consultation, but the extraction and implant may be possible in a single session. While this method is more expensive than regular implant procedures, results are immediate and gum tissue is better protected.

Improved denture materials

The materials used to make dentures are now more suited than ever to the task. The resins used to create components are less porous, making contemporary dentures easy to care for and less susceptible to bacteria infiltration.

New materials can be milled with greater precision, and the aesthetic quality better matches existing teeth and creates a completely natural look without visible metal supports, a component in older denture systems.

Contact Dr. Eric Unger by phone or online at Unlimited Dentistry in Goodyear, Arizona, to learn more about how new denture technology can help you, whether you’re updating previous denture work or a first-time denture user.

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