|Zimmerman Denture Clinic Services|
Full dentures replace all of your teeth in either the upper or lower arch of the
mouth, or both. In addition to restoring esthetics and function, a complete
denture will re-establish proper facial structure, including support for the
lips and cheeks.
Partial dentures replace one or several teeth that are missing, and are
supported by the remaining natural teeth & tissues. Partials can be made of
different materials, including acrylics, metals, and other combinations. With
the latest designs, materials, and techniques, they can be quite comfortable to
wear. They also aid in preventing the natural teeth from shifting or drifting
into open spaces, and help with chewing.
An immediate denture is placed in the mouth immediately following extractions of
some or all natural teeth. With this method, you avoid the need to go without
your new smile during the healing period. A series of impressions and
measurements are taken beforehand to ensure a proper fit, as well as
post-operative care to keep the dentures fitting properly as the gums heal.
Implant Retained Dentures:
Dentures supported by dental implants are the preferred method of tooth
replacement for people missing natural teeth. Dental implants form a stable
foundation of support for full and partial dentures, as the implants integrate
with the bone to act as an anchor for the denture.
The long list of benefits include:
- Improved oral health and ability to eat
- Increased denture comfort
- Helps prevent bone loss
- Increased denture stability
- Tissue resorption (shrinkage) is reduced
- More secure and "real" feeling dentures
A reline adds new base material to the tissue surface of a loose or improperly
fitting denture. Relines are required when changes to the gums occur due to
resorption (shrinkage), which can be caused by loss of weight, loss of teeth,
loss of bone, and aging. This procedure can generally be done the same day.
A soft liner is most often placed in a lower denture, and acts as a cushion
against the tissues in the lower jaw. This helps displace pressure, minimizing
chronic soreness on the gums, and can even help the fit in certain situations.
Denture repairs may be required for broken, cracked, or chipped dentures. In
many cases, a broken denture can be restored to its original state. However,
this situation can be indicative of underlying problems with the denture,
something which can be assessed by your denturist. If further extractions are
required, teeth can generally be added to an existing denture. Most repairs can
easily be done in one day, often while you wait.
These custom fabricated dental devices are worn at night and help reduce and/or
prevent snoring by opening the airway and making breathing easier. By shifting
the lower jaw into a forward position, space is increased in the airway tube,
which prevents soft tissue vibrations and eliminates snoring.