Posts Tagged ‘Gums’

Better Fitting Dentures

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Many patients with dentures and partials have trouble with the retention of their dentures. It is often a complaint that friends or family have dentures and can “eat apples and corn on the cob, however, my denture will not allow me to do that.”

We must understand that not everyone’s jaws and gums are the same. Certain characteristics make it easier to wear dentures and have them stay in better, other characteristics make it difficult for dentures and partials (especially lowers) to get good suction and stay in place while eating or speaking.

If you are a patient who is facing this challenge, you may want to consider an investment in implants. We have the capability in dentistry to modify your existing denture to clip on to the implants.

An advantage of  the “locator” abutments is there are severe types of inserts that can be easily interchanged to fit into the denture, once it is modified. These inserts have different capabilities of tightness. They can be set to clip on to the implants very tight or just tight enough to stay in place.  This enables older patients or patients with disabilities to easily remove the dentures.

Once the implants are placed and the abutments are attached. They will require 6 month maintenance. They should be cleaned regularly at home. About every 6 months to 1 year the replaceable inserts may need changing to maintain strong attachment.

Straumann Implants

Monday, January 11th, 2010
Straumann Dental Implant

Straumann Dental Implant

I have elected to place straumann implants because of the quality, integrity and track record. I am very please with how they integrate with the bone and the ease of restoration. The parts are very user friendly and have long term durability. Six of the implants I restored this year were Nobel Biocare and they were very difficult to take an impression.

Straumann has revealed a new implant material, Roxolid [Rock-Solid], a Titanium- Zirconium alloy that is 50% stronger than pure titanium. Initial animal studies show a significant increase in removal torque values over Straumann`s current SLActive titanium implants. Human trials are underway in Europe and North America. Straumann expects to have the design released for initial markets in 2009.

Roxolid (Rock-Solid)

Roxolid (Rock-Solid)

If I was missing a tooth I would definately want a Straumann Implant to replace it.

Remember to get implants your bone must be healthy, it is a good idea to quit smoking before getting implants.

Periodontal disease can affect implants in a similar way it affects teeth. Tartar buildup on the implants has bacteria which will trigger an inflammatory response in the gums leading to bone loss around the implant.

Implants require care and routine maintenance.