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The restorative denture is a tried and true tooth replacement option. Although dentures have been around for years, the dentures of today are vastly superior to older models. Today our Saint Louis denture dentists will explain some of the advancements that have been made in denture technology. We hope that this will give you a better idea of whether dentures might be able to help restore your smile.

Aesthetics

One important development is that modern dentures look way more natural than dentures of the past. Dentures today can be customized to fit the patient’s overall smile and aesthetics. The color of the denture will suit the patient, and the size of the teeth in the denture will be appropriate for the function and the appearance of the patient’s smile. Additionally the dentures will be shaped to mimic your natural dental shapes.

Stability

Dentures are also much more comfortable and stable than the used to be. The bases of your dentures will be designed to fit your personal gum tissue and jaw shapes. Our dental team can also permanently secure your denture in place using mini dental implants. We will insert mini implant roots in specific places on your gum line. Then we attach the denture on top of these roots. The end result is a denture that stays in place 24/7.

Ease of Use

If you choose implant-stabilized dentures, you will find that it is intuitive and simple to care for your smile. You’ll be able to eat your favorite foods, drink your favorite drinks, and clear your smile without having to soak your dentures. State-of-the-art stabilized dentures get rave reviews from dental patients of many ages.

Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you more information about all of your restorative dentistry options, including dentures. Please call our team to talk with a professional and schedule your consultation!

When Margie came into our Saint Louis dentist office, she simply needed to have a cavity filled. While we were working on her smile, Margie mentioned that she had regularly been experiencing jaw and head pain on the left side of her head. After talking to her about her pain in greater depth, our dental team strongly encouraged Margie to be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.

What kinds of sleep apnea symptoms was Margie experiencing?

1. Chronic headaches and head/neck pain

Margie was dealing with headaches when she woke up, and at night. She also felt muscle tightens and pain in her neck and ear area.

2. Loud snoring

Margie’s husband had told her that she was snoring disruptively every night. In fact, Margie was sometimes snoring so aggressively that she woke herself up!

3. Dry mouth

When Margie woke in the morning, her mouth was bone dry. This was not only uncomfortable, it was also causing her to suffer from bad breath.

4. Fatigue

Sleep apnea was preventing Margie from completing healthy REM sleep cycles. As a result, she was consistently feeling tired and run down.

Once Margie completed a sleep apnea screening, our dental team was able to outfit her with a custom crafted sleep apnea mouthpiece. This oral appliance was designed just for Margie—it helped to keep her mouth in a healthy position, so that her airway stayed open when she was asleep.

In a matter of days Margie noticed an improvement in her sleep apnea symptoms. She was feeling better, and her husband was getting a better night’s sleep too! Now Margie is able to manage her sleep apnea with her easy-to-use oral appliance.

If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please feel free to contact our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists to get more information and treatment recommendations. We are here to help you every step of the way!

When you lose a tooth, you want to make sure that the restorative dentistry treatment you use to restore your smile is going to look and feel natural you. In our Saint Louis restorative dentistry office, we make sure that our patients end up with replacement teeth that look and feel great.

Here are two of the treatment options that we commonly utilize in order to deliver exceptional, customized results.

1. Dental implant

These are stand-alone replacement teeth. Every dental implant has a titanium base that grounds the tooth in the patient’s jawbone. This “tooth root” is then capped with a natural looking restoration, or “crown.” Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth. You can receive anywhere from one implant to an entire smile full of them, depending on your needs.

When you choose dental implants our dental team will make sure that:

· The size of your implant works with your natural teeth, and looks attractive

· The color of your implant crown blends with your natural enamel

· The shape of your implant crown mimics your existing dental shapes

2. Dentures

Dentures are designed to replace multiple adjacent teeth. This tooth replacement option has many replacement teeth attached together. Traditional dentures are held in place because the base of the denture is designed to fit over your natural gum tissue—the denture can be further stabilized with dental adhesive

When creating your denture we can customize it by:

· Making sure the color blends with your existing teeth

· Ensuring that the size of the denture looks natural and allows for full functionality—ease of chewing and speaking

· Designing the denture base to fit comfortably and securely over your natural gum tissue

· Permanently securing the denture using mini dental implant roots that extend into the gum tissue

The specific tooth replacement option that is going to work for you will depend on a number of different factors. So contact our Saint Louis dentists if you want to schedule a consultation and get started!

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