Farmington Hills, MI dentist can help you get back your smile with a full denture
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
The loss of natural teeth can impact the smile in various ways. First, it can create poor aesthetics. Second, it can reduce the efficiency of eating your favorite foods. Third, it can impact the function of the smile when it comes to speaking properly. Also, last but not least, missing teeth that are not replaced can result in bone loss and tooth shifting. Dr. Richard S. Bernstein of Farmington Hills, MI assists patients to achieve beautiful, healthy, functioning smiles. He can help you get back your smile with a full denture.
What is a full denture?A full denture is a cosmetic and functional replacement for an entire arch of teeth. This restoration is highly desirable for patients who may not have other options available to them. While dental bridges and dental implants are viable solutions for patients with missing teeth, it is not cost-effective to replace all the upper or lower teeth with these methodologies. Dr. Richard S. Bernstein instead will recommend the use of a full denture. These appliances are made with high-quality acrylics to ensure a natural-looking smile when complete.
How do I care for a full denture?Full dentures require routine care to keep them looking great. Patients are also encouraged to handle them properly to reduce the risk of breakage. Here are a few tips for caring for your full denture:
- When removing or placing in the smile, run the denture under running water.
- When holding a denture, place a towel on the counter or in the skin in the event of dropping.
- Brush the denture as you would your regular teeth to keep the dentures clean and remove food particles.
- Soak the denture in denture cleansing products overnight to ensure they stay moist.
- If a denture no longer fits properly, the appliance may need to be adjusted or replaced by the dentist.
- Bring the denture to each dental appointment so Dr. Richard S. Bernstein can examine fit and function.
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How is a full denture made?Once patients have spoken with their dentist and have determined that a full denture is the best solution for their tooth loss, any remaining teeth in the arch are extracted. The dentist takes an impression of the gums on the top and/or bottom, depending on which arch is being treated. These impressions are sent to an outside laboratory for the fabrication of the final denture. The denture is made with specific instructions from Dr. Richard S. Bernstein to ensure proper fit, function, and appearance. Patients can work with their dentist to design the smile they’ve always wanted! After a week or two, patients return to the practice to have their denture placed. During this appointment, patients will learn about how to care and handle their denture to ensure longevity.
Who is a candidate for a full denture?Patients best suited for a full denture are patients ready to replace the entire arch of the upper or lower jaw. Patients are often ruled out for alternative options such as bridges or dental implants based on their specific needs and unique situation.
What about an implant-retained denture?
Dr. Richard S. Bernstein may recommend an implant-retained denture for some of the patients seeking tooth replacement. This denture is similar to others but is made to snap into place with several dental implants placed along the gum line. These dental implants not only help the patient maintain their jawbone, but also provide stability and strength for the final denture. An implant-retained denture is highly desirable by many patients, especially those who are worried about bone loss or poor fit and function. With an implant-retained denture, patients do not need to worry about enjoying some of their favorite foods and experiencing an embarrassing moment of denture loss. Patients can speak with Dr. Richard S. Bernstein to determine if they are a candidate for this alternative denture solution.
Request an appointment with Dr. Richard S. Bernstein today!If you reside in the area of Farmington Hills, MI and are seeking the assistance of a dedicated professional for quality dental care, we welcome you to call 248.636.2100. By scheduling a visit with Dr. Richard S. Bernstein, patients can learn about the advantages of working with an experienced dentist to achieve a beautiful smile with full dentures!
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