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Advanced Dental Concepts of Jupiter
Dr. Mona Sims DDS

651 W Indiantown Rd Suite A Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 747-7172

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Denture Re-Lining
Prosthetic Dentistry - Dentures
Denture Relines

The relining of a denture serves to "refit an older or existing denture to the new changing shape of your gums."

A denture is essentially a piece of acrylic fitted with denture teeth that covers the gum areas where the natural teeth have been lost or extracted. There are many reasons that dentures will become more loose or ill fitting with time. Dentures will begin to rock and loose their fit as bone loss increases. This in turn leads to a domino effect of even more sore gums, pain, swelling and the increased loss of the ability to use these dentures to chew food. This may cause the teeth to meet in an uneven fashion which may also increase bone loss and sore areas.

Many factors cause a denture to need more frequent relines. These can include poor impression technique, inattention to detail when processing a denture, use of inexpensive teeth that wear poorly, or lack of attention to the way the denture teeth fit with your existing other teeth.  

The idea of a reline is to make dentures fit better. The reline or rebase of a denture changes the "inside of the denture to match the shape of your gums". The fit of the biting surfaces of your teeth is also checked to be sure that they fit with the to shape the other existing teeth. The purpose of the reline is to make the denture more stable and retentive. It can help you to eat better without sore areas.

With today's advancements in denture prosthetics and the availability of mini implants, it might be more healthful to  Poor fitting dentures can lead to increasing bone loss. As time goes on this can make it more and more difficult to wear even a new or relined denture. As the amount of bone loss increases it becomes more and more difficult to wear any denture. Often with increasing bone loss we will discuss placing 2 to 4 implants to help the denture be more retentive and more comfortable. If a denture is not stable it may need to be replaced and not relined.
 
Denture Repairs
Prosthetic Dentistry - Dentures
We have the expertise and equiptment to repair most dentures while you wait, or on the same day!

Since  dentures are detachable, they may be dropped or broken. Happily, many denture repairs can be done at our office, often on the same day.  We always recommend that patients have some form of spare or temporary denture whenever their denture replaces their front teeth.  Most people do not have this, so a broken denture is often an embarrassing emergency.  We understand that and try to do repairs as quickly as possible.  Please save all pieces and  call as early in the day as possible.
 
Tooth Replacement
Prosthetic Dentistry - Implants

Implants

An implant is a replacement for a missing root.  It allows us to place a false tooth then can then have a new crown placed on it.  Implants are only necessary if the root of a tooth is missing or so decayed that it cannot be used to place a crown.

I always tell patients that an implant is not a replacement for a tooth; it is a replacement for a missing tooth. When a tooth is missing there will be several options to replace it.  The best choice is usually an implant.  This is because it does not involve connecting to any other teeth.  When we fabricate a bridge or other types of appliances, we must alter or use the other adjacent teeth in the area.  This may lead to problems with these other teeth in the future. Once the implant is in place, it feels like your own natural tooth.  It is just as easy to clean, floss and eat with as when you had your own teeth in that area.

Placement

Implants can be placed in many areas where teeth are missing or have been lost. .  If there is not sufficient bone, we can often add bone (graft) so that there is enough bone available.

Placing an implant is not a painful.  Implants can often be placed at the same time that a bad tooth is removed.  In fact, this is the ideal time to place an implant.   Placing the implant during the extraction has many positives.   The implant may actually keep the bone in place.  It helps to maintain the bone from dissolving away (as often happens after an extraction).  The bone is strong and dense immediately after an extraction.  The body uses many healing cells to fill the extraction site, which aids in the implant healing.

If there is an infection present when the old tooth is extracted we may have to wait for healing before the implant can be placed.  The implants are usually left to get strong for3-6 months for the implants at which time the post and crown can be placed.

It is estimated that implants are successfully placed approximately 95 percent of the time.  In most cases if an implant does not  (integrate) attach to the bone on the initial placement, it can be removed and replaced.

 

 

Missing Tooth, Implant Post, New Crown

 

Overdentures

Implants can also be used to help retain (hold down ) dentures.  This is especially important when a patient has little or no bone left for the denture to rest on.  If the denture moves around it will cause a lot of pain and not allow you to eat a healthy diet.   With poor fitting dentures a person eats only soft foods like bread and pasta.  

Implants can be used with snaps or other attachments to keep the denture in place.  The denture rests on the implants or attaches to the implants keeping it stable and holding it in place.  This greatly imprves the comfort and efficiency of the denture.  When the denture fits better and is more comfortable the patient can start improving their diet and enjoying eating again.

IMPLANTS PLACED, DENTURE SNAPPED, COMFORTABLE DENTURE

 

Risks of Implant Placement

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with implants.   Patients should be healthy.  Surgery is most successful when there is adequate bone to place the implant.  The best areas to place an implant are where there is a lot of bone, that is very dense and far from any nerves.   The complications are very rare, they can include infection, bleeding and damage to a nerve causing permanent numbness.   The risks of any of these complications are very small.  

The most common complication is when the implant fails to integrate (attach) to the bone.   In most cases the implant can easily be replaced.  We may have to wait an additional 3- 6 months for healing and then the implant can be restored.

 

 

 

 

 
Implants Overview
Prosthetic Dentistry - Implants

Implant Overview

Implants are often the preferred way to  replace missing, decayed or weak teeth that they cannot be repaired.    They are especially useful to replace posterior (back) teeth.   Often there are no other back teeth available to make a bridge.  Without implants, people missing back teeth would have had to have some type of removable denture.  Now, people have a choice to place implants and really place teeth that look and feel very natural.  Hundreds of thousands of patients have dental implants placed each year.
  
Successful implant placement begins with a through examination.   Patients must be healthy.  There must be adequate bone to place the implant or the bone must be rebuilt (grafted).    Implants must be placed in the correct position and at the correct angle to allow us to place a natural crown.   In most cases, it is recommended that  the implant heal and attach to the bone (osseointregration) several months before we place a crown, bridge or denture that will attach to it. When the crown is placed, it will feel like a crown on a natural tooth.

 IMPLANTS USED TO REPLACE A SINGLE MISSING TOOTH

 

 DrMonaSims.com - Missing front tooth to be replaced with an implant          DrMonaSims.com - Permanent crown cemented to post

Missing front tooth to be replaced          Permanent crown cemented to post

with an implant

 

IMPLANTS USED TO REPLACE MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH

DrMonaSims.com - Multiple implants needed to replace back teeth           DrMonaSims.com - Multiple Implants Used

                    Multiple implants used to replace back teeth 

 

IMPLANTS USED TO REPLACE ALL TEETH


                This is cemented in place and feels like natural teeth,
                             (in place of a removable denture)
 

Non Removable Denture Preparation          cemented in place and feels like natural teeth

 

 IMPLANTS USED TO STABILIZE A DENTURE

 

Two implants placed, securing a denture with O-rings           Four implants supporting a bar upon which the denture clips

Two implants placed, securing a             Four implants supporting a bar upon

denture with O-rings                            which the denture clips. This is a

                                                         very secure denture when seated.

 

BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
 
Implants help to preserve the jawbone after teeth are lost.   When the bone is preserved we do not see the loss of support to the lips and lower face that makes a person appear much older. 

Implants allow us to place fixed (cemented) restorations and crowns that feel and function much more like your own teeth.  Most patients tell me that they feel more natural than a removable denture.  This helps you to eat and speak similar to the way you did before your teeth were lost.

 

 

 
Implant-Supported Denture
Prosthetic Dentistry - Implant supported

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. An implant-supported overdenture is attached to implants, while a regular denture rests on the gums, is not supported by implants, and tends to fit less firmly in the mouth.

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You can remove an implant-supported denture easily. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.