Posts for tag: dentures

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to restore your smile, but want to avoid breaking your bank doing it? Well, Dr. Todd Brower in Holland, MI, has just the solution: denturesdentures.

About Dentures

Dentures are oral appliances used by individuals who have lost some or all of their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures are usually made of plastic resin. There are both partial dentures and full dentures:

Partial Dentures

  • Transitional Partial Dentures are placed in your mouth temporarily while your gums heal and before dental implants replace them.
  • Removable Partial Dentures are used instead of dental implants and bridgework.

Full Dentures

  • Immediate Dentures are used temporarily for when people are transitioning into denture wearing.
  • Conventional Full Dentures are permanent dentures custom made to fit.
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures use one or more dental implants to secure and support upper and lower dentures.

How to care for dentures?

When you get your dentures, it's important to know how best to take care of them.

Here are a few tips:

  • Completely immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-invasive cleanser when cleaning your dentures, as recommended by The American Dental Association.
  • While brushing your teeth, make sure your clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue to avoid having an unpleasant breath or irritation.

Need a consultation?

For more information about dentures contact Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3600. It's time you take care of your dental health and improve your smile!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Getting a healthy smile doesn’t have to be difficult. We are here to help.

If seeing our Holland, MI, dentist, Dr. Todd Brower, isn’t a normal part of your preventive health routine, it should be. Routine cleanings dental proceduresand exams are one of the best ways to prevent dental issues from arising and catching issues soon when they are easier to treat. Of course, here at Ottawa Smiles Dental, we offer an array of different services to meet your needs. Here are only some of the great treatments we provide:

Root Canal Therapy

If you have a damaged or infected tooth that is causing you serious pain then chances are good that you’ll need a root canal. Decay, trauma or infection that reaches the dental pulp will most likely require this endodontic procedure. During this treatment, our Holland general dentist will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and also clean out the tooth. The purpose of a root canal is to preserve your natural tooth and to prevent an extraction.

Dental Implants

If you have one or more missing teeth and you are looking for a restoration that is as close to a natural tooth as possible, it’s time you talked to us about dental implants. These little metal posts function like tooth roots and naturally fuse together with the jawbone to support a dental crown or other restoration, depending on how many teeth you need to replace. Dental implants do require surgery and can take up to one year or more to complete, but they are designed to last a lifetime.

Dentures

While dental implants can be a great way to replace missing teeth, it isn’t always the ideal option for everyone. If you are looking for a fast and inexpensive way to replace all or some of your teeth, it might be time to weigh the pros and cons of dentures. Dentures have certainly come a long way over the centuries. They are made from more advanced materials so that you get a dental prosthetic that looks as close to natural teeth and gums as possible. While dentures do need to be replaced every few years, they offer a more reasonable price tag that is pleasing to our patients.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you have a tooth that has experienced significant decay, infection or injury, in many cases a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to restore function. Of course, a dental crown may also be used to hide cosmetic flaws like a misshapen or discolored tooth. Crowns may also be used to support a dental bridge, which is a dental restoration that is also designed to replace one or more missing permanent teeth in a row.

Turn to Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, for all of your dental needs, whether you want to whiten your smile, get a professional cleaning or fix a cracked tooth. We are your one-stop shop for all things dental.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
January 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldHelpYouAvoidBoneLoss

Not long ago, the most affordable option for total tooth loss was a removable denture. Dentures, prosthetic (false) teeth set in gum-colored acrylic plastic bases, can effectively restore function and appearance. But the appliance continues to have one major drawback: it can accelerate bone loss in the jaw.

Like other living tissues, older bone cells die and become absorbed into the body (resorption). Normally they're replaced by newer cells. The forces generated when we chew our food travel through the teeth to stimulate this new growth. This stimulus ends when we lose our teeth, and so cell replacement can slow to an abnormal rate. Eventually, this causes bone loss.

Removable dentures can't provide this stimulation. In fact, the pressure generated as they compress the gums' bony ridges can even accelerate bone loss. That's why over time a denture's fit can become loose and uncomfortable — the bone has shrunk and no longer matches the contours of the dentures.

In recent years, though, a new development has been able to provide greater support to dentures while at the same time slowing or even stopping bone loss. We can now support dentures with dental implants.

Implants are best known as individual tooth replacements: a titanium metal post replaces the root, while a life-like porcelain crown attaches to the post to replace the visible tooth. In addition to providing a longer-lasting alternative to removable dentures, implants provide a very important health benefit: they improve bone density because they mimic the function of natural teeth. Bone cells are naturally attracted to the titanium; they adhere to the titanium post and are stimulated to grow through the action of chewing, increasing bone density and securing the implant's hold in the jaw.

Using the same technology we can support removable dentures, or even full fixed bridges. Rather than rest directly on the bony ridges, a denture can make a secure connection through a coupling system with just a few strategically placed implants. We can also permanently attach a full bridge by fastening it to a few implants with screws.

Not only do we eliminate the pressure from dentures compressing the gums and bone tissue, we can actually stimulate bone growth with the implants. Although more costly upfront than traditional dentures, unlike traditional dentures which must be replaced every five to seven years, long-lasting implants may be more cost-effective over the long-run.

If you would like more information on implant-supported tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Teeth in One Day.”

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth can do more damage than to just your ego. With bone loss, sagging facial muscles and moving teeth possible, it is denturesimportant to both your oral and general health to fill in your gaps. With help from your Holland, MI dentist, Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental, you can learn what it takes to renew your smile with dentures.

Are there different kinds of dentures? 
Dentures come in several forms. Some of the most common dentures include:

  • Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures benefit patients who require extractions before wearing their dentures. The molds used to make the dentures are taken before the extractions, allowing the denture to be prepared and ready to wear the day of the extraction. This saves the patient from having to go without teeth for a time while the dental laboratory customizes the dentures.
  • Implant supported dentures: These dentures take advantage of dental implant technology. Small posts implanted into the bone below the gum line anchor the denture in place. Like other types of dentures, this style of denture is removable.
  • Partial dentures: For patients who have one or more healthy natural teeth remaining, partial dentures use those teeth as anchors to hold the denture in place. The denture slides over the healthy teeth and fits around them.
  • Complete dentures: Complete dentures benefit patients with no remaining natural teeth on either the top or bottom arch. For those patients missing all of their teeth, a set of complete dentures replaces both arches.

How do I know if dentures are right for me? 
When a tooth is missing, the bone underneath becomes less stimulated, resulting in bone loss. The gap left behind also causes the surrounding teeth to compensate for the missing tooth by moving into its spot. If you are missing more than one or two teeth, you would probably benefit from dentures, which prevent these things from happening. For patients missing only one or two teeth with many remaining healthy teeth, a bridge or single dental implant is a better option than dentures.

How are dentures made? 
Your Holland dentist begins the denture process by determining which style of denture is best for you. A mold of the teeth helps the dental laboratory design and create the denture itself. The dentures are color-matched to your surrounding teeth and designed to look as life-like as possible.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Todd A. Brower, DDS at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment today!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
August 01, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  
Dentures Are Coming Holland MI

How much do you really know about Revolutionary War hero and famous disturber-of-the-peace Paul Revere? Take this quiz and find out! True or False:

  1. Paul Revere cried “The British are coming!”
  2. Paul Revere rode to Concord, Massachusetts.
  3. Paul Revere practiced dentistry.

The first two answers are false: Revere, like most colonists, considered himself British at the time (but might have said “the regulars” are coming); and he never made it as far as Concord, though one of his midnight-riding companions did. The last statement, however, is true: When things got slow in his regular trade of silversmithing, Revere hung out a shingle to broadcast his skills as a dentist.

“Paul Revere can fix [teeth] as well as any surgeon dentist who ever came from London, he fixes [dentures] in such a manner that they are not only an ornament but of real use in speaking and eating,” his advertisement in a Boston newspaper is supposed to have read. Revere specialized in fitting dentures made of metal and walrus ivory in his patient’s mouths. (There is no record, however, that he ever worked on George Washington’s false teeth.)

The practice of dentistry has come a long way since 1776. But the ideal set of dentures — one that’s both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional — remains a valid goal today. But now, instead of going to a metalworker, you’ll visit a denture specialist: your dentist.

We understand that dentures need to have a perfect, comfortable fit so they can do their work. That’s why we take the time to make an individual mold of your mouth as the first step of the process. Then we choose prosthetic teeth in the shape, size and shade that’s right for you. When everything is satisfactory, the dentures will be custom-fabricated in a dental laboratory using high-quality materials that are lifelike and durable. Finally, we will make sure that your new dentures look, feel and function the way they should.

If you have older dentures that no longer fit as they should, come in to our office for a check-up. It’s sometimes possible to repair or re-line dentures; in other cases, it’s best to have a new set made. Ill-fitting dentures aren’t just uncomfortable — they can also lead to oral infections and nutritional difficulties.

For more information about dentures or denture repair, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Loose Dentures” and “Removable Full Dentures.”