Are there alternatives to dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants stabilize the dentures so one can eat more comfortably without the dentures moving.
If I am going to have implants done, do I still need to wear a denture as a temporary?
It depends on the number of implants you have done. As an example, if you have eight to 10 implants placed in the upper jaw, it is possible to place a temporary bridge the same day you have your implants placed. If you have only two implants placed, you will still have to wear a denture.
Why are my lower dentures unstable?
It is almost impossible to make a lower denture stable. This is due to the â€œhorse shoeâ€ shape of the lower jaw and the movement of the tongue.
What is a locator or attachment?
Locators and attachments connect the denture to either implants or natural teeth and stabilize it.
Can my partial denture be made without those ugly metal clasps?
Yes. A plastic material (Valplast) is available that eliminates the need for any metal.
If I have all my teeth extracted, do I have to wait long to get a denture?
With an immediate denture, you do not have to wait. An immediate denture can be made on the day your teeth are extracted.
What can I do to tighten my dentures?
By relining or rebasing your denture, you usually can make a denture tighter.
What if I relined my denture but it still feels loose?
If your relined denture feels loose, you can opt for regular or mini-implants.