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Denture Stabilization
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

Whether tooth loss occurs due to an accident or as a natural consequence of aging, dentures are a common treatment option for missing teeth. Although there are many benefits to having dentures, such as a restored confidence by having a full smile again, there are also many drawbacks. Dentures are prone to slipping and moving around in a person’s mouth, require a great deal of maintenance, limit the types of foods you can eat, and can be uncomfortable to wear.

Denture stabilization is an effective solution to these issues. To provide better stability to your denture, implants can be placed and your denture retrofitted with snap-on attachments to create greater stabilization and eliminates issues like slipping, moving around, or even falling out.

To learn more about denture stabilization or other services offered at our office, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation for denture stabilization, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.

Denture Stabilization allows patients to gain a stabile pair of replacement teeth. Dentures are extremely popular, lots of people need tooth replacement. However, dentures get a negative social connotation, because people associate them with poor dental health and a glass of water in the nightstand with grandma’s teeth floating inside. This is a long gone relic of the past though. Dentures have come a long, long way. Dentures can be anchored into your mouth the same way more advanced dental implants are, which makes them semi permanent. You can have dentures and still eat any of the foods you love to enjoy. With implant anchors your dentures will stay firmly in place whenever you are laughing, crying, eating apples, or jumping up and down. You get the security of your smile back with Denture Stabilization.

Implant overdentures are anchored into the jaw using implants. This means to remove them a dentist is required. The process of implants can actually help to strengthen that jaw over time. You will not be unevenly chewing and ergonomically destroying your jaw. You can also consider bone grafting options to give the anchor a more secure bonding, and strengthen the jaw on the whole. This will provide security for the wearer and also changes the hygiene routine. With traditional removable dentures you would remove them and clean them.

With implant overdentures, you will care for them the same way you would any teeth. Your hygiene routine should include

* Brushing- Brush your teeth. Brush them frequently after meals, and at least two times a day. Use toothpaste and gently scrub your teeth and gums with a firm circular motion. Brush them, do not scour them with the bristles.

* Floss- You have to floss. There is no other way to physically removed locked up debris. Getting rid of this tough stuck foodstuff and debris will drastically limit your teeth’s exposure to bacteria over time. Limiting this exposure gives you a much better chance of avoiding oral infections and gum inflammation.

* Use other cleaning methods. Use mouthwash, water flossers, electric toothbrushes, and different toothpastes. See what works for your teeth, but brushing and flossing are non-negotiable.

Why you should never ignore dental decay

If you are considering permanent dentures, denture stabilization, or using temporary dentures already, you probably have missing teeth. You should never ignore the process of dental decay and tooth loss. Consulting with your dentist at the first sign can help to reduce long term damage, and could potentially save the tooth. Missing teeth can cause problems with
1. Eating
2. Chewing
3. Jaw strength
4. Facial structure
5. Dental health and infection
6. Speaking
7. Self-esteem

You do not deserve to feel bad about yourself because tooth decay has taken a piece of your smile. It happens to lots of people everyday, and replacement options are one of the most common procedures performed everyday. You can get ahead of schedule by maintaining regular checkups with your dentist or dental care team. If that did not happen, it is not too late, do not just ignore the problem. Consult with someone about your options and consider the benefits of dentures or replacement procedures.

Benefits of Dentures and Denture Stabilization

There are a number of key benefits to using replacement teeth and dentures to get your smile back, and live a complete life.

* Dentures allow you to chew your food completely. When you are confident in your ability to chew, you can make more complete choices for your diet and health plan. You can eat the foods you love with comfort and security.

* They are more Comfortable. They are secure, they are your teeth. They are fitted and safe. The security alone provides you comfort, but they are also perfectly molded to your mouth and your smile.

* Dentures are easier to clean. Follow your dental routine, consult with your dental hygienist, and maintain your checkups. There will be a process for following up on your procedure and the health of your implants. Take notes, follow the routine, and ask questions. These people have dedicated their lives to helping people like you.

* They support your jaw, the ergonomics of your mouth, chewing, and talking. The give you security in all faculties of your mouth, and reinforce your jaw strength. This whole support prevents craniofacial decay based on jaw issues.

* The can help prevent dental infections and sore. Keep your mouth clean, and dentures can actually help to protect your mouth better than traditional teeth.

* They give you your smile back. This cannot be underlined enough. They provide a semi permanent solution to your tooth decay or missing teeth. They give you your self esteem back, and help to assist you in other healthy habits.

Stabilized Denture types

Ball retained dentures are anchored using a ball shaped anchor/abutment. The dentures have a socket shape that attaches. This keep the dentures securely attached to the mouth anchors, and limits movement.

Bar retained dentures require more implants, but provide a very secure setting in your mouth. A metal bar is curved around your jaw and attached to your implants. The dentures anchor to this bar and the implants alike. This should limit and small movements of your new teeth, but may require extra recovery time after the initial surgery.

Why get Dentures?

Many people have forgone dentures because they hate the idea of having fake teeth. They hate envisioning teeth in a cup of water, or existing outside of their mouth. They are embarrassed, and do not want to confront the problem of missing teeth or dental decay. You have to overcome this. There is nothing wrong with having beautiful, durable, high quality permanent dentures that give you the joys of your smile back. Using dentures can be hugely beneficial to people with severe tooth loss. Consult with your dentist and insurance provider about the available coverage options for your Dental health. Dentures can be expensive, but there are options out there. Many dental insurance plans can help offset or cover large portions of your bills and subsequent prescriptions post surgery.

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Denture Stabilization
How Does it Work?

One of the biggest complaints people have about their dentures is that they do not provide adequate support and are prone to moving around and slipping. Patients who are missing teeth and frustrated with their dentures, and who have a sufficient amount of jawbone, may benefit from denture stabilization, which stabilizes the denture with dental implants, to which the denture can be attached, resulting in improved functionality and increased comfort.  This stabilization virtually eliminates the denture moving around and slipping.

Although implants are the most effective, natural feeling, looking and functioning solution to a missing tooth or teeth, some patients’ teeth have been missing for too long and will have already lost too much bone to be able to provide the necessary support for a dental implant. In this case, a bone graft can be performed at the implant site to stimulate regeneration of enough new bone to support placement of the implant for denture stabilization.

Denture Stabilization
Bar and Ball-Retained Dentures

Denture stabilizations fall mainly into two categories: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained or stud-attachment dentures. Bar-retained dentures require a minimum of two and up to five implants placed in the jawbone, onto which a bar that is designed to fit the implants with the curve of your jawbone. Once this bar is in place, the dentures, implants or both can be clipped together.

Ball retained dentures have attachments on the implants that are made of metal that attaches to the denture. The denture attachments are typically shaped like sockets, and the implant attachments are typically shaped like a ball, although sometimes the shape is reversed. Either way, the two parts attach in the manner of the ball fitting into the socket.

Both denture types can be effective in providing improved denture stabilization. Which one is right for you will depend on your unique needs and specific treatment goals. During your initial examination, we will conduct a thorough evaluation, discuss treatment options, provide our opinion on which type of denture stabilization we feel is right for you, and answer any questions you may have.

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Denture Stabiliation
Benefits of Treatment

Oftentimes patients with missing teeth avoid seeking treatment for missing teeth because they either worry they cannot afford the treatment or because they do not want to deal with the hassles associated with having dentures, such as slipping or irritating one’s gums. They may also be concerned with the time involved in having the procedure performed.

If you have been wondering whether or not you should seek treatment for your missing teeth, it may be helpful to consider the many benefits you will enjoy following the procedure. One of the more obvious benefits is the improved aesthetic appearance of your smile, but the more important benefit is the preservation of your oral health. When teeth are missing and left untreated for too long, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate, which can cause other oral health issues to develop.

While dentures can help avoid some of these issues, denture stabilization provides even more benefits, including the following:

  • Improves your ability to chew foods, which results in better digestion
  • Easier to clean and requires less maintenance
  • Significantly more comfortable
  • Decreases likelihood of gum infection and mouth sores
  • Improves your ability to talk and will not move around or fall out like dentures
  • Permanent solution, provided you follow good oral hygiene habits

Denture Stabiliation
Costs Associated

The cost of denture stabilization will largely depend on whether any additional procedures are being performed, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit, including any x-rays that may need to be take, and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

Contact Northeast Texas Perio

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. We are also committed to making your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room, and oral and IV sedation options are available for patients who are anxious or who are scheduled for longer procedures. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the denture stabilization process using dental implants or whether denture stabilization is right for you, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the care you need!

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