What is a cosmetic denture?
It’s definitely not a $400 economy denture that you’re probably not going to like. The economy denture is probably not going to look good, it’s probably not going to fit well, certainly ,won’t last, and all of your friends are going to look at you and think, “He’s got dentures.”
That’s not what we want to do. We want to give people a denture that’s indistinguishable from natural teeth, including the gums.We go as far as to even tint the gum tissue to make it look so natural. My goal is that if you pulled the lips up and looked, you wouldn’t even be able to tell it’s a denture. That’s not what you see walking around town. Most people go to a day long fabrication facility and get them made quickly and inexpensively. Inexpensive means cheap. Cheap doesn’t mean it’s going to look good, last, or work well in your mouth.
Here at SunBrite Dental, we use the best materials, the best teeth, and the best techniques we know to fabricate an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous denture that will fool anyone and people won’t know it’s a denture. We do that through some unique processes that we’ve learned over years of study, years of tweaking this technique down to an art form. One of our biggest successes with this is we set the teeth with you in the chair, so it gives us an unrivaled ability to facilitate facial rejuvenation. With a denture, you’re not just replacing teeth; you’re replacing lost gum and bone. These things can make it almost look as if you’ve had a face lift even, can make your face even look better, not just your smile. That’s one of the add-ons that you get with a cosmetic denture. You get a lot more than just teeth, you get a new smile, you get a new face, you get a face that looks great and looks natural. that you can feel good about.
Denture patients already have one strike against them self-esteem-wise; you know you are already missing your teeth. We want to give you something that boosts your confidence and makes you feel better. When we finish a case, I want the patient to sit up and have the same happy tears of joy a veneer patient has at their beautiful new smile.
Every denture patient knows the history of dentures in that they’re always considered to be awkward. They’re uncomfortable. They move. You can’t bite very hard. They’re debatable on aesthetics. Some dentures look great. But everybody who’s worn some generally knows they’re not always that perfect, and you have to take them in and out at night, which no one likes.
So let me show you what the future of dentures is, and that’s getting rid of them. Right here, this is what’s called a Prettau bridge. This is one solid piece of zirconium, which is a beautiful material, but it’s also incredibly strong. So where dentures can break, chip; where porcelain can break and chip; this stuff cannot.
It is super hard, but super aesthetically beautiful. It’s affixed to implants in your jaw, which allows us to remove the bulkiness of the denture, all that big plastic that you’re so tired of having block the roof of your mouth, protect your taste buds, to keep you from understanding the flavor of things. It allows you to transmit the forces of you biting into your bone, like your teeth used to, so you actually get that chewing ability that you used to have that you’ve been missing ever since you’ve been in a denture. So this is the premium alternative to replacing what we’ve had for so long in dentistry and struggled with for so long. We can now not only give you what you’ve been missing but actually upgrade the beauty of it as well.
At SunBrite Dental it is our objective to preserve your natural teeth if at all possible. Sometimes, though, we must resort to dentures. Usually, it’s in the instance of:
1) Having a pre-existing denture that you want replaced with cosmetic dentures or high-end porcelain or acrylic teeth.
2) There is the presence of such massive decay and advanced periodontal disease present. The most predictable and effective option might be a beautiful denture.
What types of dentures are there?
Traditional dentures are dentures held in the mouth by nothing other than passive retention. This means that impressions are taken of the mouth (without teeth) and dentures are fabricated precisely to the underlying gum.
Typically, people who have a denture in this situation have to rely on denture adhesives or pastes to keep the denture in place throughout the day.
This is especially the case on lower dentures because the ridge of bone and gum on the lower is not as substantial as that on the top, so the denture “flops” around more. The upper denture is usually a little more stable in this situation because it utilizes the surface area of your palate to help keep things in place.
This option is not really a denture – it’s more like a fixed bridge. Typically 4 or 6 dental implants are placed on the upper and lower arch. The denture hybrid (implant dentures) is actually fixed to the implants in the mouth.
This is the most stable option and it is NOT removed each night. Another name for this type of denture is “All on 4.”
The advantage to implant supported dentures is that they are the most stable and most aesthetic option; they are the best cosmetic dentures at SunBrite, however, due to their complex nature and the amount of dental implants necessary to support them, they are also the most expensive. See the example of the implant dentures (hybrid denture bridge) in the Before and After gallery. If you need dentures at SunBrite, then contact our office today!
A denture that is essentially attached to either two dental implants or two mini-implants. You can see how this option helps to stabilize and retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into the two positions.
Old dentures (or your existing denture) can usually be retro-fit to accommodate the denture. As far as dentures go, this is the second best denture option for long term. In the opinion of SunBrite Dental, almost all lower dentures should be an over denture because otherwise they just “flop” around, making it difficult to speak and talk. This option still makes the denture removable each night.