Modern dentures designed with precision and an eye for esthetics can transform a smile and improve oral health. Dr. Michalski combines art and science to create natural-looking dentures and partials that allow our patients to eat, speak, and chew with ease. For optimal comfort and stability, Dr. Michalski also offers implant-retained dentures.
Keep in mind that dentures are not exclusively for giving you the confidence to smile more, nor are they solely for helping you chew and speak. While these benefits are important to your quality of life and are often mentioned first and foremost in the office, dentures offer a solution to tooth loss that most people aren’t aware of. This is the prevention of neighboring teeth shifting inside your mouth over time, which begins the moment your teeth are extracted.
As teeth begin drifting into the open spaces of your mouth, the way in which your bite comes together begins to shift as well. When the bite is uneven, it also makes the distribution of force from chewing uneven. This added stress causes teeth to rub up against each other, eventually leading to enamel erosion and increased tooth sensitivity.
A poor bite can also cause additional stress on the temporomandibular joint, which is responsible for facilitating the jaw’s complex movements. If this joint experiences enough stress, it can lead to symptoms tied to TMD, a disorder that causes chronic jaw pain, popping and clicking of the jaw, headaches, ear pain, upper back pain and other symptoms that could be preventable.
Dr. Michalski offers full and partial dentures as well as implant-retained dentures to replace teeth. The set you choose will vary depending on your needs and what she believes will be best for you based on her evaluation.
If you’re missing all of your teeth, she may recommend a full set of dentures. If you have healthy teeth remaining, you can benefit from partial dentures, especially if a bridge won’t be enough to replace them. If you want the best stabilization possible or you simply want to upgrade your current denture, she may recommend one designed to fit with dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are secured with surgically-implanted posts that serve as artificial tooth roots.
At your denture consultation, Dr. Michalski will ask you your goals, preferences and concerns. Modern materials and techniques allow Dr. Michalski to control the size, shape and color of your new teeth, potentially giving you the smile you've always wanted.
Maintenance for dentures can vary depending on the type you wear. However, most patients use a removable denture, which requires the most maintenance. To keep your denture functioning for many years to come, make sure to let them soak in denture cleanser with warm water for at least 15 minutes before you go to bed each night. Your routine should include the following steps:
Those with fixed dentures can practice routine care as usual, just make sure to use dedicated products your dentist recommends and follow the instructions as labeled to prevent accidental damage.
Dr. Michalski will carefully evaluate your case to determine which option is best for you. If you’re missing several teeth, chances are you qualify for dentures. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the evaluation process from your dentist in Rocky Hill!
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