If you’ve experienced advanced tooth loss, it’s important to start replacing missing teeth right away. The longer patients have to go without healthy, functional smiles; the more likely they are to experience loss of supportive bone and soft tissues and other oral and overall health issues that can occur as a result of tooth loss. For decades, patients have relied on partial and full dentures to restore patients’ smiles to full, healthy function. If you’re missing a single tooth or a complete row of teeth, contact the Sage Dental Care team right away to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll partner with you to create a treatment plan and begin repairing your smile right away. With two convenient locations in North Valleys and Reno, there’s a Sage Dental Care office near you.
Partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps left by numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. A gum colored base material is shaped to fill in the gaps between healthy teeth. The replacement teeth are all anchored to the denture base, and the entire partial is held in place using metal clasps attached to surrounding teeth. These partial dentures are easily removed for cleaning, and they snap back into position, creating flawless, functional smiles.
Like partials, full dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to provide support for numerous replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining teeth to provide support for full dentures, these tooth replacement prosthetics are shaped to fit against your natural jawbone, gum tissue, and palate. Once in place, the denture creates suction between the base and natural oral structures. This suction is typically adequate to provide the necessary support for your denture. To create additional stability, some patients prefer to use a small amount of denture adhesive. These products are readily available from a number of retailers. If your denture begins to feel very loose and denture adhesive is inadequate to hold it in place, it may time to visit our dental office to have your denture refitted, relined, or replaced. In many cases, repairing your denture can extend the lifetime of the prosthetic by several years.
To ensure we can create a perfectly functioning denture or partial, we utilize the state-of-the-art AvaDent digital denture system. Unlike traditional dentures that require the use of putty to capture impressions of the smile and wax models to craft the restorations, the AvaDent system uses digital bite impressions that ensure accuracy and precision. AvaDent takes computer assisted design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) a step further, offering computer aided engineering (CAE). The CAE system is the brain that instructs the design and manufacture of your partial or full denture. In addition to providing improved precision, the AvaDent digital denture system streamlines the entire denture creation and placement process. As soon as you’re ready to start creating your denture, we capture digital impressions. These digital images are immediately available on our chairside computer where we’ll design your custom partial or full denture. Then, the design is instantly transferred to the AvaDent lab where your denture will be crafted. In most cases, your denture will be created and returned to our office in just six days with no need for wax up models, refitting, or wasted time. You get a perfectly fitted, flawlessly functioning denture the first time.
In order to ensure the longevity of your denture, you need to dedicate the necessary time to caring for your tooth replacement prosthetic. With proper care, your partial or full removable denture will last from five to ten years or longer. Some basic denture care steps include:
If you want to learn more about creating a more stable partial or full denture restoration, ask the Sage Dental Care team about dental implant supported dentures. Removable partials and dentures only restore about 20% of chewing function, but implant supported dentures can replace 70% or more of the healthy tooth function. We provide implant supported partial and full dentures that recreate both the root structure and crowns of missing teeth, offering a more stable, longer lasting denture. Traditional partial and full implant retained dentures are held in place using three to six implant posts spread over the entire jaw line.
In addition to traditional implant retained dentures, our team also offers patients treatment with the innovative All-on-4 implant supported denture. Rather than spreading dental implants along the smile line, All-on-4 utilizes the naturally denser bone at the front of the jaw to support your entire denture. Two dental implants are placed vertically to anchor the front of the denture. The other two implants are positioned diagonally to support the back of the denture while fusing with the front part of the smile. Whatever your tooth replacement preference, we are here to help you restore your healthy, beautiful smile.
Reading through the above information will give you insight into everything from the types of dentures in Reno to how to properly care for your new and improved smile. With that being said, it’s completely natural to still have a few questions on your mind. Since many of our patients like to do their research online, we’ve responded to a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients below. As always, we’re just a phone call away if you’d prefer to speak directly with our team!
Whether you are missing a few teeth or an entire arch, you may be a candidate for dentures. During your initial consultation, one of our skilled dentists in Reno will take the time to conduct an oral exam, ask you a few questions, and learn all about your smile goals. From there, they can determine your candidacy. The good news is that most patients who have good oral health are a good candidate! Even if an untreated condition, like gum disease, initially stands in your way, the appropriate restorative care can be worked into your treatment plan.
As your mouth adjusts to your new dentures, you may experience a bit of a learning curve. During this time, it’s important to be patient with yourself and take it slow. Try reading a magazine aloud and repeating the more difficult words (like “sixty) until you’re able to say them without a lisp. You should also try biting down and swallowing before you speak, which will prevent slippage and excess saliva from messing up your speech. Remember: the more you practice, the faster the adjustment process will be.
Whether you’ve been struggling with tooth loss for years or a couple of months now, you know the detrimental impact it can have on your smile. Fortunately, dentures can help restore your bite force, allowing you to enjoy your meals pain-free again! With that being said, it is a good idea to avoid foods that can tug on them, like peanut butter and gummy candies. Nuts, raw carrots, and other hard items pose a risk of damaging your restoration as well, which is why you should always exercise caution.
If you have dental insurance, then you’ll be happy to know many plans cover at least a portion of the cost. Since we accept most providers here at Sage Dental Care, let us help you maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket cost! We also happily accept flexible financing through CareCredit, which can break up the cost into manageable chunks that fit into your monthly budget. Don’t worry – our team will review all of the different financial options with you in-depth at your consultation. That way, you can make an informed decision on which avenue is right for you.