Adam Miller2019-12-05T12:57:19-07:00November 12th, 2019|
If you ask, most patients will tell you they hate their lower denture. Lower dentures flip and flop. They are notoriously unstable and are difficult to wear. In many cases, the only option to improve the patient’s overall well-being and happiness is to stabilize the denture with implants.
Adam Miller2019-12-05T12:56:57-07:00October 30th, 2019|
How many times has this happened: a patient presents with an existing implant overdenture that does not fit. Although the denture snaps into place correctly, the patient complains the denture feels loose or that a lot of food gets under the denture. The patient may also complain that they can’t chew well.
Cast metal partial dentures have been considered the standard of care for removable tooth replacement for a very long time. From the dentist’s perspective, they are functional and serve to fill the space left by the patient’s missing teeth.
Nothing stays the same. The mouth changes over time. But patients fail to realize this fact when it comes to removable dental appliances. How many times have you heard a patient proclaim that the metal partial “you made” them is loose or it doesn’t fit the way it originally did when “you made” nine years ago?
Computer technology is everywhere and has become a ubiquitous part of today’s modern society. The idea of digitizing data is used in everything from those photos you snap of your food with your cell phone to 3D CAD/CAM parts for your car.
In this day and age with sensitivities to chemical and environmental irritants prevalent and on the rise, dentists are faced with offering their patients alternatives to monomer-based acrylics that have been used routinely in dentistry for decades.
Protection of the teeth and the surrounding structures is the name of the game when it comes to offering nightguards and sports mouthguards to your patients. Try as we may, dentists can never put back exactly what was original to the human mouth. Prevention of damage is always a better choice than reconstructive dentistry.
In an ideal world, every denture patient would come to the dental office for a yearly check-up and examination. This lets the dentist or denturist identify issues related to fit, resorption, occlusion, tissue irritations, and hygiene before they become a larger problem.
Traditionally, most patients had to wear a traditional cast-metal partial denture with hard, unforgiving acrylic and unattractive metal clasps. Thermoflex partial frameworks offer tooth-colored flexible clasps that blend in with the natural dentition.