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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Tamara Simons, DDS
March 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

More than 36 million Americans are dealing with complete tooth loss, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. Unfortunately, these numbers are only expected to rise over the next 20 years. From gum disease and injury to decay, there are many reasons why someone may lose a tooth, but our Roseville, MN, general dentist Dr. Tamara Simons can offer dentures to replace several or all of your missing teeth.

Here are some of the benefits of getting dentures,

Prevent Teeth from Drifting

One of the most important things you can do after tooth loss is to see a dentist to determine your treatment options. The sooner you replace a missing tooth the better for the overall health of your smile. This is because changes begin to take place not long after you lose a tooth.

For one, the rest of your natural teeth will eventually shift into those open spaces between teeth. Of course, this only happens if you choose not to replace your missing teeth. By placing dentures in these spaces we can prevent any natural teeth that remain from shifting out of alignment.

Make Talking and Chewing Easier

While it will take a few weeks to get accustomed to your new teeth, both partial and custom dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth. Once the restoration is made you will come back into our office so that our Roseville, MN, dentist can check the overall fit to make sure that it feels comfortable. This ensures that you get a set of false teeth that are able to make it easy to talk to those around you and enjoy eating again.

Get New Teeth Quickly

For many of our patients, the goal is to get their new teeth as quickly as possible. We understand that you don’t want to spend one more day with gaps in your smile. If you want to get new teeth in just a couple of weeks, then dentures may be the best option for you. In as little as two appointments you could be fitted for your new teeth. During your consultation, we will be able to give you a better estimate of your length of treatment.

Feel More Confident in Your Appearance

We know the toll that tooth loss can take on your appearance and your confidence. By getting dentures to restore several or even all of your teeth we can help restore your confidence once more.

Are you living with tooth loss in the Roseville, MN, area and want to know if dentures are right for you? If so, call Roseville Dentistry today at (651) 489-1900 to schedule a consultation with us. We can restore your smile after tooth loss.

By Tamara Simons, DDS
April 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Get all of your questions about dentures answered.

At Roseville Dentistry here in Roseville, MN, we understand how important it is to be able to get a full smile back after tooth loss. That's why Denture_Replacementwe offer dentures as an option to replace your teeth! Read on to learn more about dentures and how our general dentist, Dr. Tamara Simons, uses them to restore her patients' smiles!


What are partial dentures?

This oral prosthetic is designed to fill gaps in your smile and to replace missing teeth; however, partial dentures are only meant for people who still have some healthy teeth remaining. Partial dentures can be removable or fixed in place, depending on certain factors.

For partial dentures to be fixed in place, our Roseville dentist will need to check the health of teeth surrounding the gap to make sure they can support your partial dentures (dental crowns are placed over natural teeth to anchor the false teeth into place).


Who can benefit from complete dentures?

If you are dealing with total tooth loss, the best replacement is going to be complete dentures. These dentures are custom-made to fit on top of and sit closely to the gums in order to fit properly into place. Of course, complete dentures may shift or move around, so using denture adhesives can help make them feel more secure. These dentures are completely removable, and it is recommended that you remove them every night before bed.


What are immediate dentures?

If you need to have some teeth extracted, you may be worried that you will have big gaps in your smile until you can get your permanent dentures installed. Don’t worry—immediate dentures make it possible for you to never have to go without teeth, even while your gums heal!

Immediate dentures are placed the same day as your extraction and you will wear them for several weeks until the gums heal. Once the gums have healed, you’ll come back in so that we can place your permanent dentures!


Give us a call!

If you have more questions about denture treatment, then now is the time to call Roseville Dentistry to schedule your consultation! Our number is (651) 489-1900.

By Tamara Simons, DDS
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Tamara Simons, DDS
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Mouth DentureChoosing the right type of dentures for is the key to a successful denture experience. Roseville, MN, dentist Dr. Tamara Simons helps her patients consider the options and select the best restoration option for them.

Full dentures

Full dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. They consist of a row of artificial teeth mounted in a pink base that resembles gum tissue. The dentures improve your appearance, reduce facial sagging and make chewing easy. You'll receive the dentures after your mouth has healed from extractions.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are a type of full dentures placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth are pulled in your Roseville, MN, dentist's office. They reduce bleeding and ensure that you never have to go toothless. When you receive your dentures immediately, it can be easier to adjust to denture wear. Speaking and chewing may also be more comfortable. Immediate dentures must eventually be replaced with full dentures or relined to accommodate normal changes in your gums that occur after tooth loss.


Overdentures fit over remnants of broken or eroded teeth. Although the teeth may not useful for chewing, keeping them in your mouth serves an important purpose. The roots of the teeth stimulate your jawbone and help keep it strong.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures, the newest denture option, offer impressive comfort and biting power. They're attached to dental implants placed in your jawbone. Over the course of three to six months, the implants bond to your jawbone. When bonding is complete, your dentures can be attached directly to the implants or to a metal framework. You'll need as few as four implants to anchor an upper or lower denture.

Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are a good choice if you've lost several teeth in a row. The dentures can be removed easily for cleaning and hook over your natural teeth with special connectors.

Fixed partial dentures

Also known as bridges, fixed partial dentures aren't removable. They consist of one or more artificial teeth connected to two or more crowns. The crowns fit over your teeth and hold the denture firmly in place. Fixed partial dentures are an excellent choice if you want a more permanent replacement option. Although you'll want to floss carefully around the base of the bridge, the restoration doesn't require special care.

Are you ready to improve your smile with dentures? Call your Roseville, MN, dentist Dr. Tamara Simons at (651) 489-1900 to schedule an appointment.