Restore your confidence and quality of life; complete your smile with an array of denture options
With a name like My Dental and Implants, we know that you have certain expectations. We know that our patients in and around Glendale and greater Phoenix, Arizona, expect (and deserve) advanced treatments to make over their smiles and restore their quality of life. We go above and beyond with dental restorations and tooth replacement that seamlessly replicates the structure, function, feel, and appearance of natural, healthy teeth. Dental implants represent one of the great marvels of modern dentistry. Our dentist, Dr. Nima Afzalian, is specially trained to surgically place these artificial tooth roots. Implants support dentures by “rooting” them in the jawbone. So, implant-supported dentures or overdentures are sought-after, partly for their stability and low maintenance.
Today’s denture types
The modern denture-wearer has many more options to choose from, starting with “conventional” partial and complete dentures. “Partials” are generally “false teeth” and gum tissue that is connected to a metal framework. This framework is attached to healthy teeth with specialized clasps or connectors. The denture is removed for proper cleaning and soaking, as instructed by your dentist.
Traditional complete dentures are also made up of false teeth and gum tissue that sits on a denture base. Since these dentures are indicated for patients missing most or all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw(s), the base does not connect to other teeth. Instead, it slips into the mouth and stays that way due to natural suction. Denture adhesives or other products may be necessary to help hold the denture in place, especially among those patients with lower dentures. The lower jaw can be tricky; its horseshoe shape and the force of the tongue are often at odds with the denture. It can be forced out of place, leading to discomfort, irritation, and overall poor satisfaction with the denture.
Our team may also strategically position implants in the jaw to support either a dental bridge or a denture. The bridge is appropriate for those patients who desire a more “fixed” alternative to traditional partials. Since the bridge is held in place by implants rooted in the jawbone, it does not need to rely on neighboring natural teeth for support. Both partials and conventional bridges can stress neighboring natural teeth, as the new teeth need support from the remaining teeth. For patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, the implant-retained denture or overdenture snaps onto or connects to the implants precisely placed in the bone. We place these implants in such a way as to maximize the bone. So, a minimal number of implants can be positioned to support a maximum number of replacement teeth. This helps to minimize further the cost and trauma associated with the process among those patients who are toothless or close to it.
Implant dentures further support strong, healthy bone. They do not require the ongoing relining and rebasing necessary to maintain the proper fit of traditional, removable dentures.
We look forward to answering your questions and providing more details about all we offer for tooth replacement at My Dental and Implants.
Call (623) 526-2330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Afzalian in Glendale, AZ, today.