With extensive training in reconstructing missing teeth and providing complete oral rehabilitation, Dr. Kristoff is well qualified to provide you with an excellent denture. If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth. Done correctly, dentures improve your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much older.
Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally, which are critical things often taken for granted until natural teeth are lost.
The current Standard of Care is a well made/retentive upper denture, with a lower denture that is supported by implants. When implants are used on both upper and lower arches, the retention and function of the dentures is greatly improved AND bone in the arch is maintained by the implants. Some patients’ conditions require that both dentures have support from implants, or desire a hybrid denture that stays in their mouth permanently like regular teeth. If your dentures don’t stay seated while you chew or speak, you are living with a disability that should be addressed.
It is a well know fact that poorly fitted dentures cause malnourishment, and drastically affect the health of the patient. Sometimes, just a well made full or partial denture is needed.
Natural appearing dentures must take into consideration not only the proper arrangement of the teeth, but also the contours of natural tissue. Our dentures are designed to have a natural appearance by properly supporting your lips. A well made denture is one of the most important cosmetic restorations we offer!
Our dentures are also designed and personalized with the individual shape and characteristics of masculine or feminine tooth anatomy where appropriate, proper lip support and the design of a pleasing smile line. For the ultimate cosmetic results and longest possible wear, we offer an upgrade to beautifully arranged Premium Denture Teeth. Our Premium Denture Teeth are a popular choice among our most discerning patients, and offer the most longevity with a very natural look.
Yes! In fact, denture wear is hard on the oral tissues. Wear your denture no more than 8 hours per day, and be sure to take them out at night. Place them in Stain Away or a similar denture cleaner. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every night, and also in the morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and removes plaque and fungus. Regular dental checkups are needed so we can examine your mouth (for cancer or other diseases) and dentures to ensure a healthy and comfortable fit.
Most dentures last 5-6 years. The bone underneath is constantly shrinking because it has no teeth to support. In fact, implants are the only way to virtually eliminate bone loss under a denture. Once the bone shrinks, the dentures loose suction and become loose due to the gap between the gum tissue and denture. A reline of the denture will provide a temporary fix.
The teeth on dentures also tend to wear down to a point that they cannot stay in the denture. The most reliable guide to when a denture should be replaced is the experience of your dentist.