Dentures at Sarasota Dentistry

Cosmetic Dental Care at Sarasota Dentistry

Your Dentures Dentist in Sarasota

Sarasota Dentistry creates beautiful custom dentures for our patients. Dr. Michael and his team of dental experts are helping patients with their dentures. Full dentures are removable devices that are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth on the upper or lower jaw.

Dentures are acrylic-based devices that fit over your gum tissue to provide you with a functional chewing surface and teeth to smile with. Dentures may never feel quite like your natural teeth, but are more comfortable and realistic looking thanks to today’s dental technology. There are both upper and lower dentures. Sarasota Dentistry is ready to help you find the best dentures for your needs.

Upper dentures are held by the suction created by the acrylic base of the denture as it is placed over the roof of your mouth. In most cases, this suction is more than sufficient to hold your denture and allow you to function normally with it. Lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to allow space for your tongue, and designed to fit specifically to the contours of your lower jaw. They don’t use suction like upper dentures, but are effective as a removable replacement of missing teeth.

Dentures with Sarasota Dentistry

New Denture Technology

Dental technology now allows us to create dentures that can snap into dental implants or they are “screw-retained” in the mouth. Dental implants are placed into your jaw bone and are left to heal for a period of months. Once healing is complete, the implants become a permanent fixture in your mouth and are used to stabilize a “snap in” or “screw-retained” denture.

Abutments are a necessary additions to implants when fabricating an implant retained denture. They create an attachment between the implant and the implant denture. Implant abutments are either custom or prefabricated and are chosen depending on whether the implant denture is going to be removable or permanently positioned in the mouth. Implant-retained “snap in” dentures give you the comfortable feeling of knowing that your denture is temporarily fixed in your mouth, while “screw-retained” dentures offer the security of being permanently fixed in the mouth. Regardless, either of these Implant dentures enhance your ability to chew, smile and function normally.

Every patient’s dental needs are different, and we will help to determine which type of denture is best for your specific set of circumstances. If you have questions about dentures, or are interested in getting the best dentures in Sarasota, make an appointment with Dr. Hank and the Sarasota Dentistry team today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do dentures require any kind of maintenance?
Yes, one special kind of maintenance is called a denture relining. After a certain amount of time every denture will require a reline. It is recommended that you visit your dentist once yearly to evaluate the fit of your denture. After your teeth are extracted your bone will begin to shrink over several years. Your upper or lower jaw bone will begin to change shape over several years at a time, requiring a denture reline. Relining a denture involves taking a new impression of your existing upper or lower jaw and using that impression to place a new base into your denture. By relining your denture, you make it fit properly again.
How do I know if I need a denture reline?
Reasons you may need a denture reline are as follows:
Denture does not fit well or becomes uncomfortably loose

Localized inflammation of your gum tissue

Appearance of ulcers from trauma caused by ill-fitting denture

If it's been a while since you've had a reline... relines are needed about every 3-5 years
How does denture relining work?
There are two types of relines: hard and soft. Hard relines are more common because they are longer lasting. They are done by taking an impression of your jaw bone with your existing denture. The denture and impression are then sent out to a specialized laboratory, located in Sarasota, FL, to reline your existing denture with a new base that will fit properly to your existing jaw bone. This is a day long procedure, so you will be without your denture for approximately 4-8 hours. We take the impression in the morning, send it to the laboratory, and usually have it back by the afternoon.
What is a soft reline?
A soft reline is done in-office, but is mainly reserved for instances where implants are placed and healing must take place over several months - a temporary solution. To perform a soft reline a putty material is placed into your existing denture and placed onto your palate or jaw bone to create a new lining that fits properly to your mouth. Once the putty material is done setting, you will have a new, properly fitting base for your denture. The soft reline material provides a cushion for the implants while your jaw bone is in the process of healing. Soft relines are temporary. They are nearly impossible to keep clean without causing damage to the fit and they harbor bacteria over time.
Which type of denture relining is appropriate for me?
Dr. Michael prefers to do hard relines, because they are of better quality and longer lasting. Soft relines are hard to clean properly and fall apart much faster. Hard relines essentially replace the ill-fitting base of your existing denture with a new, properly fitting hard base. It is recommended that you visit your dentist office at least once yearly to evaluate the fit of your denture, and that you have your denture hard-relined every 3-5 years.

How do Multiple Teeth Dental Implants work?

If you are missing more than one tooth, Dr. Hank D. Michael can restore the beauty and function of your smile with a multiple teeth dental implants procedure. This advanced treatment can permanently replace multiple missing teeth, restore your healthy bite, and prevent jawbone atrophy. Dr. Michael offers highly personalized…

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