Anymore trying to find dentures that are something other than the “Made in an hour!” or “Dentures for $200!” kind is quite a challenge. Creating well-fitting dentures is becoming a lost art, and creating ones that look great too can be even more difficult.
Why are good dentures becoming hard to find? In a word – implants. With the success of modern dental implants, many patients find themselves avoiding traditional dentures and instead choosing implants to replace their missing teeth. This leaves dentists that didn’t really love making dentures in the first place making fewer of them – hence the slow painful death of dentures. Making comfortable dentures that look good and function well has always been a challenge for most dentists (Makeover Dentures). We are comfortable with hard teeth to do our work on with things like fillings, crowns, or bridges. Making dentures that loosely fit and rest only on gums, however, is an entirely different challenge. With the increasing popularity of dental implants, we are at last able to get back to building teeth on solid, hard structures again like bone and titanium.
How can we make better dentures? There are a lot of steps that go into making a great, aesthetic denture but consider the following:
Have you ever had impressions made for your dentures? If so, you were likely sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open and your muscles relaxed, right? Well then what happens when the muscles of your tongue, lips, and cheeks flex while you try to eat with your new teeth? With improvements in the techniques for making dentures, we are able to use a technology called Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, or TENS for short to help make your records for a new set of dentures. Using a small electrical current, not only does it actually stimulate the muscles to flex during the impression, but we are also able to let you rest with your mouth closed while we are taking records like impressions. This is a big step towards creating better fitting and more comfortable dentures.
The future of dentistry is bright and getting better every day! Contact us if we can be of any more help.