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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.

By Tamara Simons, DDS
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Mouth DenturesFind out the right type of dentures to help replace your missing teeth.

If you are an adult dealing with significant tooth loss and you want a fast, easy approach to get a full smile back then chances are good that you’ve been considering getting dentures from our Roseville, MN, general dentist, Dr. Tamara Simons. There are lots of patients who’ve been able to restore their smiles thanks to dentures, and you could, too. Of course, it’s important to understand how dentures work to decide whether they are right for you.

There are two main kinds of dentures: full and partial. Based on the names alone you probably know which kind you might need but just in case you don’t, we are here to help you out. If you have some healthy teeth left but you do have a few missing teeth then partial dentures will be all you need; however, if you are missing all of your teeth (upper, lower or both) then full dentures will give you a full set of teeth.

Partial dentures are often removable and contain metal clasps that fit around healthy teeth to help hold the false teeth in place. Complete dentures, on the other hand, are custom-made to rest snugly against the tops of your gums, creating natural suction that will hold them in place. Of course, some patients find that the natural suction just isn’t enough to fully keep dentures from moving or shifting around, particularly when chewing or speaking. In this case, you may want to consider using denture adhesives to hold dentures in place.

While dentures are fast, easy, convenient, and inexpensive, we also know that they aren’t the best option for everyone. If you expect dentures to function just like real teeth then you may not be fully satisfied. While dentures can be a great way to get a full smile back it’s important to know that dentures won’t function just like real teeth; however, this doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to the fact that you won’t ever have a smile in which you can trust.

Dental implant-supported dentures can help firmly hold your dentures in place all day long, making it easy to enjoy all of your favorite foods without worry. Implants are placed into the jawbone where they function like tooth roots. Since implants naturally fuse together with bone and tissue they are the only long-term restoration for replacing missing teeth. Once implants and the jawbone are one, dentures can be attached to the top of the implants.

Are you thinking about getting dentures in Roseville, MN? If so, let our dental team here at Roseville Dentistry help you decide which tooth replacement is right for you. Schedule a consultation with us today and get your smile back.

By Tamara Simons, DDS
February 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

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

By Tamara Simons, DDS
July 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.

As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.

Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.

Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.

Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.

Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.

Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”