The Markiewicz Dental Difference with Full Dentures
Drs. Anthony and David Markiewicz are high skilled in restorative dentistry including fabricating both upper and lower dentures. Full dentures are a good and economical solution for patients who do not have any remaining teeth in an arch. Although dentures can take time to get used to, today’s dentures are more natural and comfortable than ever. Our dentists at Markiewicz Dental use only the highest quality laboratories when fabricating full dentures. We also use advanced digital technologies to aid in denture tooth shade and shape selection. You can see some of our own denture transformations below.
What is a full denture?
Full dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and hence can be taken in and out of the mouth. Dentures can be made for either or both the upper and lower arch. They consist of a gum-colored base that is made of an acrylic material and denture teeth, which have customizable shapes, sizes, and shades.
What is the process when having a full denture made at Markiewicz Dental?
Fabricating well-fitting and good-looking dentures requires multiple steps. Correctly fabricating full dentures requires diligent planning and try-in appointments. The following are the basic steps and appointments involved in having a full denture made at our office:
Appointment #1: Initial impressions – These impressions are used to create a custom impression tray that will be used to take your final impressions.
Appointment #2: Final impressions – Your final impressions are used to create a model of your dental arches. This is what will be used to ensure the fit and size of your dentures is accurate.
Appointment #3: Wax Try-in – At this appointment, a wax rim will be tried-in the mouth. This wax model helps us determine where the teeth will be placed on the denture.
Appointment #4: Tooth Try-in – Per your preference for tooth shape, size, and color, denture teeth are added to the wax model. If you desire any changes to the look or feel of the denture, they can be made at this time prior to delivery.
Appointment #5: Denture Delivery! – At this visit, you are given your final denture(s)! It frequently can take many weeks or months to get used to your new dentures. Follow-up adjustment appointments are necessary once you begin wearing your new dentures.
How long will your full denture last?
Over a period of time, your dentures will need to be re-lined, re-based or re-made due to natural wear. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit and function of your denture. At a minimum, you should schedule dental visits annually to evaluate your denture and associated soft tissues.
Full denture alternatives
Dentures are a removable prosthesis that are secured in the mouth merely with natural suction against your soft tissues. Based on your anatomy and physiology, you may or may not get good retention with conventional full dentures. When patients are looking for a more stable solution, we typically offer them two alternatives: Implant Supported Denture – For this solution, the patient has a few dental implants placed in the jaw. Attachments are then added onto both the implants and the underside of the denture. This then allows the denture to actually snap into the implants, just like a button. This can dramatically increase the stability and retention of the dentures, which allows for better speaking, chewing, and functioning. For patients who have issues with loose dentures or dentures that keep falling out, this is a great option.
All-on-Four Fixed Prosthesis – Conventional full dentures are made to be removed. For those looking for a more permanent and fixed solution, an all-on-four solution can be life-changing. In this solution, four implants are placed in the dental arch. A fixed prosthesis is then fabricated and is screwed into place. This prosthesis is NOT removed – it remains in place and functions like normal teeth! Markiewicz Dental works with advanced dental specialists and has completed numerous all-on-four transformations for patients.
Post-operative instructions following a full denture
It can take many weeks or months to become fully adjusted to your new denture. Basic functions, like speaking and eating, will initially be difficult or feel strange. This is normal! No matter how good the patient or the denture, it will take time to become aquatinted with your new dentures. We encourage patients to practice speaking by reading a newspaper or book out-loud to themselves with the dentures in place. Like wearing a new pair of shoes, you may also develop blisters (aka sore spots) in the mouth. If sore spots develop, we encourage you to call your dentist to schedule an adjustment appointment.