Posts for tag: Dentures

By Russell Forrest, DDS
March 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out more about the many benefits of getting dentures in Topeka?dentures

With all the different dental restorations on the market you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by which one is the best option. Our Topeka, KS, family dentist, Dr. Russell Forrest, is always happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. Of course, most people turn their noses up at the thought of dentures but you may be surprised to hear that they do actually have some benefits.

What are dentures?

Dentures are custom dental devices used to replace several or all of your teeth, as well as the surrounding gum tissue. They can be removable or fixed in place. Dentures are made from impressions taken of your mouth so that you get a restoration that offers an ideal and custom-made fit.

What are the advantages of getting dentures?

If you know someone with dentures then you may have heard a lot of the cons without any of the pros. While dentures aren’t miracle workers and won’t function just like real teeth they can certainly help people regain a beautiful smile. In fact, just having a full set of teeth again can restore confidence in your appearance.

As if this wasn’t enough to celebrate, getting dentures is a simple and easy process. Not everyone revels in a trip to the dentist. In fact, most people get stressed out about dental procedures, and the idea of getting surgery (e.g. dental implants) isn’t always the best choice for those who have dental anxiety. Dentures allow even those with dental phobias to be able to replace their missing teeth without the need for invasive dentistry, which is a major plus.

Tooth loss can also lead to sunken cheeks, which can affect your overall facial structure and cause premature aging. Fortunately, by placing dentures where your missing teeth used to be you can fill out your smile once more and even support the facial muscles to prevent sagging and sunken cheeks.

Dentures have also changed a lot over the years. With all the wonderful advancements in technology, dental restorations such as dentures are now made with superior materials and offer a more precise fit. Dentures aren’t what you remember from many years ago. You may just find that the dentures you get are exactly what you’ve been looking for.

If you are interested in finding out more about what dentures could do to help you regain your smile then it’s time you turned to the dental experts in Topeka, KS. Call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s talk about dentures!

By Russell Forrest, DDS
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are dentures, or false teeth, right for you? They can be if you have lost several or all of your upper or lower teeth due to accident, illness, denturestooth decay, infection or gum disease. Russell Forrest, DDS, places dentures at his Topeka office. If you are considering dentures, learn how this procedure can help your oral health and appearance. Also, find out what you, should do to live with these modern prosthetics.

Types of Dentures in Topeka

Dentures fit a variety of oral health situations, including partial or total loss of teeth. Fabrication is customized according to dental impressions, x-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed.

Partial dentures fill gaps caused by loss of more than one tooth. The artificial teeth and gum tissue are acrylic for the most natural color, texture, shape and durability. The prosthetics are mounted on a metal frame and affixed to neighboring teeth with clips. A "partial" basically functions the way a puzzle piece does--completing the picture of a healthy mouth.

Conventional full dentures replace a complete arch of teeth. They are held in place by natural suction. Also made from acrylic, conventional dentures rest right on the gums. Dr. Forrest places them after gums and bone have healed post extraction.

Immediate full dentures allow the patient to leave our Topeka dental office with a complete set of teeth right after extraction. In fact, as they rest on the sutured gums, they help quell bleeding, applying gentle pressure in a band-aid- like effect. Unfortunately, as weeks progress, immediate dentures must be relined, or sometimes replaced, because gums and jaw bone shrink after the dentist removes teeth.

Implant-supported dentures work well for individuals with adequate bone density. In a comfortable, in-office surgery, your Topeka dentist places multiple titanium implant devices into the jaw. These implants meld with the bone via a natural process called osseointegration says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. These implants provide superior support and stability for a denture. Existing dentures may "retrofitted" with mini-implants so long-time denture wearers enjoy better speech and secure bites.

Caring for Dentures

The best candidates for dentures eat a healthy diet, keep themselves well hydrated, and don't smoke. They also perform diligent oral hygiene at home, including brushing remaining teeth twice daily and flossing, too. Denture patients must clean their dentures nightly in an ADA-approved soak, and they must brush their gums, tongue, cheeks and other soft oral tissues each day. Full and partial dentures have a lifespan of 10 years or more with good at-home hygiene and checkups with Dr. Forrest.

Should You Have Dentures?

Missing teeth impact how you eat, speak and look. Dr. Russell Forrest can help you decide if dentures are right for your oral health situation. Call his office today for a restorative dentistry consultation: (785) 266-0330.

By Russell Forrest
December 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures can completely change the look of someone’s face, especially if they suffer from extensive tooth loss. While dentures are notorious for being uncomfortable or ill-fitting, those problems are in the past. Thanks to advances in dental technology, dentures now fit better than ever, filling in gaps left from missing teeth and restoring the confidence you deserve.Dentures

Types of Dentures
Dentures come in four main varieties. Your dentist, Dr. Russell Forrest in Topeka, KS, can help you decide which style is best for you.

  • Immediate dentures: Patients can wear immediate dentures immediately after teeth are removed. The dentures are created based on measurements taken before any teeth are extracted. The patient has an advantage in that they do not have to go without teeth after extraction. However, immediate dentures require an additional adjustment appointment once the extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-supported dentures: This type of denture utilizes dental implant technology. Posts are implanted into the bone under the gum tissue. These posts stabilize the dentures and secure them into place. These dentures must be removed for cleaning every day.
  • Partial dentures: Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge. The denture is secured to the remaining natural teeth. The clasps which hold them in place can be hidden, giving a natural appearance.
  • Complete dentures: Complete dentures are reserved for those patients who are missing all their teeth. This denture replaces all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch. If the patient has no teeth on both arches, the dentist will prescribe a set of upper and lower complete dentures.

Caring for Your Dentures In Topeka
Dentures require several extra steps in your oral hygiene routine. Brush and rinse your dentures every day with denture cleaner and a soft-bristled denture brush. Do not use toothpaste to clean your dentures. Be sure to also brush the remaining natural teeth and gum tissue in your mouth. When not in use, such as while sleeping, your dentures should remain moist. Place them in a dish full of denture solution or plain water when you are not wearing them. Additionally, it is never a bad idea to stand over a folded towel while handling your dentures to cushion their fall should you accidentally drop them.

To learn more about dentures, please contact Dr. Russell Forrest in Topeka, KS. Call (785) 266-0330 for more information or to schedule an appointment.