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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Dr Lawitts
February 12, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
WearingDentures247MayNotBeaGoodIdea-HeresWhy

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
October 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Tooth loss can happen at any age and is still a major health problem for American adults. Even with more awareness than ever over the denturesrisks of gum disease, millions of Americans still suffer from some form of periodontitis. According to The Journal of the American Dental Association, over 40 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease, which ranges from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). Whether you've lost teeth due to oral health problems or trauma from accident or sports injury, dentures are one of the most widely used and effective methods available to quickly restore your smile and oral health. Dr. Karen Lawitts is a cosmetic and family dentist offering dental services in Syracuse and the surrounding areas including Jamesville and Dewitt, NY.

 

How Dentures Can Improve Your Smile and Oral Health

Even partial tooth loss can have an effect on your health. From nutrition to self-esteem and confidence, your smile and oral health play an important role in your overall health and wellness. Dr. Lawitts recommends dentures for patients looking for a fast and affordable solution to tooth loss in the Syracuse, Jamesville, and Dewitt, NY, area.

In addition to the cosmetic improvements, dentures also make it possible for you to resume a healthy diet, take care of any speech issues you may have experienced as a result of missing teeth, and generally improve your quality of life.

If you're living with full or partial tooth loss, there are several types of dentures depending on your needs:

  • Immediate dentures - a temporary pair you can use right away
  • Complete dentures - for full tooth loss
  • Partial dentures - for patients with some remaining natural teeth
  • Implant-supported - secured in place by dental implants

After a comprehensive dental exam and evaluation, Dr. Lawitts will discuss your options and make recommendations for the best type of denture for you according to your needs and circumstances.

 

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For more information about the benefits of dentures and to learn more about your smile restoration options, contact us today by calling 315-492-8138 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawitts.

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Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”

By Drs Lawitts
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile missing teeth? Dentures are appliances that are custom made to replace a patient's missing teeth and restore the denturesappearance and oral functions that were lost. Dr. Karen Lawitts in Syracuse, NY, can help you decide whether dentures are right for you.

1. You Have Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, a denture can restore your smile. A complete denture is suitable for those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Candidates for partial dentures have some natural teeth remaining.

2. You Want to Look Better

Looking one's best is a definite advantage in today's world. A growing number of adults are getting dentures to improve their appearance. Today's dentures look and feel natural. They are an attractive replacement for missing teeth.

3. You Have Eating Problems

Difficulty chewing can be frustrating and even painful. If you have lost some or all of your teeth, it can keep you from enjoying the foods you love. Denture treatment is a great way to restore chewing function. A denture will give you the ability to eat with comfort and confidence.

4. You Have Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image, which can lead to depression. How you feel about yourself also affects your confidence and relationships. A denture will give you your smile back and help you feel better about yourself. With a denture you will feel more confident when you speak, eat and smile.

5. You Want to Look Younger

A denture will improve your appearance and make you look years younger. Missing teeth can cause your face to to take on a sunken appearance, but a denture can reverse that by giving your cheeks shape and definition. If you are considering dentures, talk with your Syracuse dentist to see if they are right for you.

Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Don't wait another minute. Call us at (315) 492-8138 today to schedule an appointment in Syracuse, NY. You can trust us to give you the beautiful smile you deserve!



Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts

 

 

Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  
       
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