More About Dentures, Partials, and Denture Relines

If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be better able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.

There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. Keep your denture clean, as well, as it will build up tartar over time.

If you are not missing all of your teeth, but fixed bridges and dental implants are not in your future, you may consider partial dentures. There are many types, depending on the number of teeth missing, the strength required and cosmetic concerns. Whatever your situation, Dr. Harden has fabricated hundreds of dentures over his twenty years of restorative dentistry and is very well educated in finding the right solution for you.

Did you know an estimated 80% of people do not wear their lower dentures? Partial dentures have been fabricated for decades following age-old traditions with the same basic design using metal clasps. The clasps rigidly anchor to your teeth and often create new problems for your remaining teeth that people realize and consequently stop wearing their partial denture. Clasps can act like miniature forceps that might extract your tooth over time. Clasps squeegee plaque down to the gum line and frequently cause root decay. Technology and experience offers wonderful new ideas and designs allowing Fountain View Dentistry to fabricate partial dentures without clasps that satisfy more comfort and functional stability than ever before.

Partial dentures are removable prosthetic appliances as shown in the diagram above and are anchored to remaining natural teeth and simultaneously supported by a soft-tissue ridge where teeth were extracted. When patients have enough front teeth and back teeth, a partial denture can anchor to teeth on either side of a gap and will last a long time that way. However, many partial dentures anchor to limited teeth and replace numerous missing teeth. These are supported by the skin and places pressure on your tissue and underlying bone causing them to shrink away over time. The partial denture will undesirably teeter-totter using the teeth as the fulcrum point. This puts pressure on the teeth and they may ultimately become loose or lost.

Partial Dentures are now designed with a semi-rigid attachment on the back of your anchor teeth that works similar to a ball-and-hitch for connecting a trailer to the back of your car. At Fountain View Dentistry, we term them “Bredent Partial Dentures.” The anchor tooth has a crown attached to it and an anchor point for the denture built onto it. The anchor point, a round ball, is placed low on the anchor tooth, near the gum line, and thus reduces stress on the tooth. A nylon clip inside the denture snaps onto the ball and pivots freely without stressing the tooth. This is completely opposite to conventional metal clasps that are rigid, placed high on a tooth and creates detrimental extraction-like forces on the anchor tooth. Another great benefit of this design is that without metal clasps that show when you smile, the anchorage is all hidden, and a beautifully esthetic result is achieved.

Fountain View Dentistry’s partial denture designs remain a crucial factor for long-term success that is measured by patient satisfaction and comfort.

All dentures (complete dentures or partial dentures) that rest on the skin of your mouth for support, require a “denture reline.” This is an important annual maintenance procedure performed on your denture to keep your bite forces evenly balanced on the skin. Dentures put forces on the skin and supporting bone which cause the skin and bone to shrink away. The skin and bone does not resorb or shrink away evenly. Thus, forces become uneven if a reline is not performed periodically to rebalance the denture base. With uneven forces, the bone will melt away quicker in high force areas.

A denture reline requires the dentist to add pink acrylic material to the bottom of the denture in their office or by using a dental laboratory. At Fountain View Dentistry we realize it is a great inconvenience to be without your denture as required when sending it out to a lab, so we conveniently reline your denture in our Woodstock office within an hour. You leave with a balanced denture that helps preserve your jawbone and reduces detrimental problems that can arise from a chronic ill-fitting denture.
New Patients Always Welcome. To experience distinctly different dental care, call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Harden and our wonderful staff. Fountain View Dentistry serves the Woodstock, Acworth, Canton, Kennesaw, and Marietta communities with general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for all ages.

Dr. Scott Harden