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By Nolan R Behr DDS
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures are an effective way to restore your smile, as well as tooth functioning. Dentures fill in the gaps where teeth are missing and make it possible to enjoy eating a wider variety of foods again. Several types of dentures are available to meet many different needs. Dr. Nolan Behr, the experienced dentist at our office in Colorado Springs, can recommend the right dentures for you.

Benefits of Dentures

There are numerous benefits to replacing missing teeth with dentures. In addition to restoring your smile, another major benefit of dentures is that they can minimize or reverse many of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. For instance, facial sagging or drooping can occur when teeth are missing. The teeth provide support for facial muscles and when there are not enough teeth, the muscles begin to droop or sag. By filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dentures provide the additional support needed to reduce facial sagging.

Another potential benefit of dentures is an improvement in speech. Gaps in your smile can change the way you sound when you speak. The teeth normally serve as a guide for the tongue when talking. However, speech can change when the tongue slips into the gaps where teeth are missing.

Dentures can also help by reducing strain on the natural teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth often compensate for them and take on additional biting and chewing functions. This can put excess strain on those teeth and cause them to be worn down more quickly. By replacing missing teeth, dentures reduce strain by more evenly distributing biting and chewing functions.

Types of Dentures

We offer several types of dentures at our office in Colorado Springs. Dr. Behr can recommend a specific type that is best suited to your individual needs and preferences. The two main categories of dentures are full and partial, but there are several types of each. Full dentures are also called complete dentures and replace a full row or arch of teeth, while partial dentures just fill in the gaps when some natural teeth remain.

Types of full dentures include immediate and conventional, as well as implant-supported overdentures. Immediate dentures are usually only worn temporarily while waiting to be fitted for custom conventional dentures. An advantage of immediate dentures is that they can be worn right away, even following a tooth extraction, so you can enjoy a full smile immediately. Conventional dentures are custom made and conform to your mouth over time so they offer a nearly perfect fit. This type of denture is intended to be worn long-term.

Implant-supported overdentures make it possible to hold a full denture in place with a few strategically placed dental implants. Since the dental implants are placed directly in bone tissue, they can securely hold the denture in place. The dentures will not come loose or slip out of place.

Types of partial dentures include transitional and removable. Transitional dentures are worn temporarily while the mouth heals from extraction. Once healed, the dentures can be replaced with a removable partial denture or with dental implants. Removable dentures are lighter, more comfortable, and provide a better fit than transitional dentures.

Dentures restore your smile, restore tooth functioning, and minimize the side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Behr can help you find the right type of dentures for your needs. To learn more about the different types of dentures, call our office in Colorado Springs at (719) 591-2050.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with dentures. Thankfully, today's dentures are not what your great-grandfather dentureswore. Custom-made for proper fit, bite and appearance, dentures from your Colorado Springs dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can give you back your smile. Learn more here about the types of dentures currently available.

What to do about tooth loss

For some of Dr. Behr's patients, dentures are the best tooth replacement option. Custom-crafted with the finest quality acrylic and metals (when appropriate), modern dentures help fully or partially edentulous patients look their best, avoiding the skin sagging and compromised biting and chewing tooth loss causes. Plus, implant-supported dentures actually improve jaw bone quality and size.

When you come to Dr. Behr's office in Colorado Springs for a denture consult, your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your bone, gums and any remaining teeth are healthy. He'll take digital X-rays as needed. Oral impressions (either digital or traditional putty) give the dental lab the ability to construct your dentures accurately in three dimensions.

A few appointments and "try-ons" ensure your prosthetics look, feel and perform correctly, accurately balancing your bite and minimizing any problems with speech or eating. It does take a while to adjust to life with dentures. However, Dr. Behr and his team work hard to achieve the best possible result for your renewed smile.

Types of dentures

While dentures really are customized to fit oral contours precisely and to approximate natural tooth shape, size and color, these prosthetics generally fall into four broad categories. They are:

Full conventional dentures which stay in place with the mouth's suction. They are crafted to be balanced top and bottom and side to side so biting and chewing are efficient and non-irritating. Dr. Behr places these dentures after extraction sites have healed completely

Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction to give patients fully functional smiles right away. They even speed healing as they compress the gums and bone. However, they have this disadvantage: immediate dentures must be refit or even replaced in just a few months as hard and soft tissues shrink.

Partial dentures composed of acrylic teeth and gums affixed to a metal framework. They hold tightly onto remaining teeth with snugly fitting clasps, replacing one, two or more teeth.

Implant-supported dentures which are anchored by two or more strategically placed titanium implants. They maintain jaw bone integrity and provide superior chewing and biting.

Find out more

The American College of Prosthodontists says that 120 million people in the United States have lost one or more teeth. Dentures can be the right replacement option, and it's a decision which Dr. Nolan Behr and his team can help you make. For more information on dentures, please call the office at (719) 591-2050.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out what this dental prosthetic could do for you?dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace your missing teeth? If you are someone who has lost a lot or even all of your teeth then you may want to consider the advantages of getting dentures. Our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr offers the latest in dental technology so that you always get dentures with the best possible look and fit.

Here’s what both partial and complete dentures can do for you:

Fill Out Your Smile

Having gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, so having a restoration that fills those gaps with artificial teeth that are made to look like real teeth will be a major boon to your oral health and appearance.

Boost Your Self-Confidence

Missing teeth can make for rather uncomfortable social situations if you feel self-conscious about your smile. By getting dentures from our Colorado Springs general dentist, you’ll fill those spaces with a restoration that is crafted to look like teeth and surrounding gums. Knowing you can smile without those unsightly gaps can be a major benefit to someone’s self-esteem.

Prevent Misalignments

Once you lose teeth, the rest of your teeth will naturally begin to shift into the open gaps. This can lead to misalignments, uneven spacing and even crookedness. Having denture that can fill these spaces will also keep the rest of your teeth in place.

No Surgery is Required

Most people find dental implants to be a really great option until they realize that it takes a couple surgeries and several months to complete. While this might not be a concern for some patients, if you are someone who really wants to avoid surgery at all costs but still wants to replace missing teeth, then it might be time to talk to us about whether dentures are the best option.

If you are interested in getting dentures in Colorado Springs, CO then it’s time to give us a call to book a consultation. Let’s sit down and determine the best dental treatment possible to get you that beautiful smile back.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
July 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Learn more about this popular tooth replacement and which kind is right for your oral health.

When it comes to replacing permanent teeth you have a lot of options. In fact, it may feel rather daunting choosing the right option for denturesyou. Fortunately, our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan R. Behr can help make this decision a bit easier. Find out more about what dentures could do for your smile and which type is the best fit for you.

The Different Kinds of Dentures

When you come into our Colorado Springs dental office for a consultation here are the dentures you will have to choose from:

Partial dentures: Sometimes called dental bridges, partial dentures can be either fixed in place using healthy neighboring teeth or removable, which use clasps to stay in place. Partial dentures, as well as complete dentures, will be made to your mouth’s unique specifications so you have a restoration that fits as comfortably as possible.

Partial dentures are designed to replace several missing teeth, so if you still have some natural, healthy teeth left then partial dentures are usually the best option.

Complete dentures: These dentures are used for those with total tooth loss who need a full set of artificial teeth. These dentures are usually applied using a special adhesive and they will need to be removed every night before bed. If you suffer from complete tooth loss these dentures are your best option.

Implant-supported dentures: These dentures can be attached to the top part of a series of dental implants to firmly hold your restoration in place. If you have a healthy, strong jawbone and you aren’t in a rush to get your new smile then implant-supported dentures may be the right fit for you.

Immediate: While your permanent dentures are being made your Colorado Springs dentist will also make sure that you get a pair of dentures to wear in the meantime. These dentures are not as durable as permanent ones and may need to be adjusted or remade more often than conventional dentures. But if you are on a time crunch, this kind of denture is the fastest way to get a full smile again.

Have questions about dentures? Ready to get fitted with a new smile? Then turn to Dr. Behr, the denture expert in Colorado Springs, CO. Schedule your initial consultation today.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
November 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   dental implants  

It’s a common problem for denture wearers: after years of a comfortable fit, your dentures now seem to be uncomfortably loose. The reason, though, may have more to do with bone loss than the dentures.

Bone is a living tissue with a life cycle — it forms, it ages, and it eventually dies and dissolves (resorbs). It’s replaced with new bone and the cycle repeats. Additionally, the forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted from the teeth to the jaw, which helps stimulate new bone growth. When the natural teeth are missing, however, the bone no longer receives this stimulus. Resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate, which leads over time to bone loss.

Denture construction can also contribute to bone loss. The denture palate rests for support on the bony ridges that once held the teeth. Over time the compressive forces of the dentures apply damages and reduces the volume of gum tissue and eventually does the same to the bone. Combining all these factors, the reduced gum and bone volume will eventually alter the denture fit.

There are a few alternatives for correcting loose dentures. One is to reline them with new plastic, as either a temporary fix performed during an office visit or a more permanent relining that requires sending your dentures to a dental lab. Depending on the rate of bone loss, a patient could go through several denture relinings to accommodate ongoing changes in the jaw. At some point, though, it may be necessary to create a new set of dentures.

A third alternative that’s becoming increasingly useful is to incorporate dental implants into the denture design. Implants can of course be used to replace individual teeth, but a few strategically placed implants (usually of smaller dimension) can serve as a support platform for a removable denture. This relieves some of the compression force of a traditionally worn denture and can slow bone loss.

If you’re having problems with your denture fit, call us for an appointment. We’ll help you decide on the best alternative to improving the fit and making your dentures more comfortable and secure.

If you would like more information on refitting loose dentures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Dentures.”