Missing teeth can make speaking, chewing, and even smiling uncomfortable. We offer custom dentures to restore the beauty and function of your smile. Whether you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, we can create a natural-looking solution that fits your smile, your schedule, and your budget. Dr. Miller provides both traditional dentures and fixed and removable implant-supported dentures. To learn more about dentures, contact our office today.
Custom Dentures Can Improve Your Bite - and Your Quality of Life
Candidates for Dentures
About one quarter of adults over age sixty-five are missing all of their teeth. To be a good candidate for this restorative treatment, you should:
- Wish to replace multiple teeth
- Not smoke or use other tobacco products, as this could affect your gum tissue and disrupt the fit of the denture
- Have a healthy jawbone with sufficient density to support a denture, especially if you want implant-supported dentures
- Be willing and able to take good care of your dentures by maintaining good dental hygiene and undergoing routine cleanings and exams
- Not suffer from dry mouth, as a denture could exacerbate this condition
Types of Dentures Offered
Traditional upper and lower full dentures consist of prosthetic teeth and tissue that rest on the gums using a combination of suction and dental adhesives. Traditional dentures can be removed for cleaning.
With implant-retained dentures, synthetic tooth roots are surgically placed in the jawbone to support your dentures. We offer the All-on-4® technique, which involves the placement of four implants per arch. Implant-supported dentures can be fixed or removable, depending on your preferences and needs.
At The Miller Center, we typically do not convert an old traditional denture into a new overdenture. We have found that about ninety percent of the time, the old dentures are not fully functional because they are misaligned or do not fit properly. An ill-fitting set of dentures can cause discomfort and serious damage, as they could rock the implants out of the jaw over time.
Creating Custom Dentures
If you choose traditional dentures, we will wait until your gums have healed following tooth extraction, then take an impression of your jaws so our lab can fabricate a custom prosthetic. We will create a model or wax-up of your denture for you to test, ensuring that it fits comfortably and looks natural. A few weeks later, the completed denture can be placed and modified as needed.
For implant-supported dentures, we typically place four implants per arch. The jaw will shrink in the absence of tooth roots, so if you lack sufficient bone to support the titanium or zirconia implants, we may first need to perform a bone graft. This involves augmenting the jaw with donor tissue. After we have placed your implants, we can provide a temporary denture while you heal. When your jaw has completely fused to the implants, we can place your permanent dentures.