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By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
August 03, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Our Danbury CT family dentist can help you find the right tooth replacement option to suit your needs.

Tooth loss is something that we wish that no one had to deal with; however, millions of Americans lose one or more teeth during their lifetime. The good news is that our Danbury CT dentist Dr. George Landress offers a variety of ways to restore your smile, even if you are missing most or all of your teeth. If you’re curious to know whether dentures may be the best tooth-replacement option for you, here’s what you should know about the different types of dentures that are available here in Danbury CT.

Full Dentures

Are all of your top and bottom teeth needing replacement? If so, then full dentures are going to be the best option for you. This removable oral prosthetic is custom made by our Danbury CT dentist to replace all of your teeth. Full dentures consist of an arch of artificial teeth (either made from porcelain or acrylic) that sit on an acrylic base that is made to resemble gum tissue. Denture adhesive can help to secure your teeth in place when chewing or speaking.

Partial Dentures

This is probably the set of teeth you’re going to get if you need to replace multiple teeth but you still have some healthy natural teeth left. This type of denture is designed to fill gaps in your smile with false teeth. Partials can either be fixed in place with dental crowns (also known as a dental bridge) or can be removable (removable partial dentures clip into your smile thanks to neighboring teeth). If you have gaps leftover from missing teeth, then partial dentures can help rebuild your smile.

Immediate Dentures

This is exactly as it sounds—this type of denture is placed immediately after an extraction or surgery so that you can still have a set of teeth while your gums heal. These dentures won’t provide the same ideal fit as custom dentures, but they will help you eat and talk comfortably until your gums have healed and your permanent tooth replacement can be placed.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Want to make sure that your dentures aren’t going to go anywhere? If so, then you may want to talk with our dentist about dental implants. These artificial tooth roots are placed into the jawbone where they can easily hold partial or full dentures in place, so you never have to worry about using neighboring teeth for support or using adhesives. Plus, dental implants can last the rest of your life without needing to be replaced.

Your Danbury CT dentist Dr. George Landress and his team can help restore your smile with the help of dentures. If you are ready to take the next step to find out whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, then call our office today at (203) 743-7608.

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Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported 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.”

August 29, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures  

Have you been wondering whether dentures are a good choice for you? With the ability to both improve your appearance as well as offer important benefits to your health, dentures from your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress, could be the key to restoring your smile. Read on to learn more!

When dentures can help you

It's easy to underestimate the power of your smile until you lose your teeth. Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious in social situations, and may even limit your career possibilities. Additionally, without proper dental support, facial muscles are doomed to sag, making you look much older than you really are. Fortunately, dentures from your Danbury dentist can fix all of these issues.

In addition to improving your appearance, today's dentures offer a few other benefits, including:

  • Better Health: Good nutrition is essential to your health. When you're deprived of essential nutrients, your immune system struggles to protect you from colds, infections, and diseases. Restored dental functionality, as provided by dentures, will allow you to eat all of the foods necessary to have a healthy diet.
  • Fewer Gastrointestinal Issues: For those with smile gaps, chewing often becomes a laborious process. This, in turn, leads to a tendency to swallow foods whole. Unfortunately, this practice increases your risk of choking and gastrointestinal problems. Thanks to dentures, however, you'll be able to chew food thoroughly before you swallow it.
  • Speech Benefits: Your teeth help you pronounce words and sounds—when they're gone, people might have trouble understanding you. Speech difficulties can lead to problems and misunderstandings with your co-workers, family, and strangers. Fortunately, wearing dentures will help you speak clearly once again and avoid communication issues.

Interested? Give us a call

Restore your smile with dentures! Call your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress, at (203) 743-7608 to schedule an appointment.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Natural teeth give you your best possible smile. But, life happens, and so does tooth loss. Gum disease, dental decay, oral injury--they denturestake their toll despite our best efforts at preventive dental care. That's where dentures from your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress come in. Known as a kind, compassionate oral health care provider, Dr. Landress is also a Fellow and Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. So you know his skills can craft replacement teeth--that is, dentures--that fit precisely, work well and look wonderfully lifelike.

What happens after tooth loss?

When someone loses one, two or even all of their teeth, gum tissue and underlying jaw bone begin to recede. Remaining teeth weaken as they drift to fill smile gaps, and frankly, facial appearance ages quickly. Even young people who lose teeth will look years older as their bite height collapses.

Besides these embarrassing facial changes, tooth loss impacts how a person speaks. According to dentists at NYU College of Dentistry, missing front teeth impair the ability to pronounce consonants--p and m, as examples. The ability to bite and chew changes, too, and digestion may be affected.

Tooth replacement with dentures

When facing extraction, count on your Danbury, CT, dentist to formulate a treatment plan customized to your unique needs and expectations. He offers precisely crafted partial and full dentures which will span your smile gap or even replace a full arch of teeth as needed. He even has a dental lab right on premises!

What kind of dentures are there? Actually, there are a few, including:

  • Partial dentures. Functioning much like a jigsaw puzzle piece, a partial denture replaces one or more teeth as needed. Made of tooth- and gum-colored acrylic affixed to a molded metal frame, a partial denture holds on to remaining teeth via clasps, and it is fully removable.
  • Full Dentures. These may be immediate or conventional. Immediate means the dentures are placed right after extraction, compressing the sutured gums to speed healing. Conventional dentures are placed after the extraction sites heal, allowing for more accurate fit.
  • Implant-supported dentures. Mounted on multiple mini-or full-sized implants, these modern dentures may be permanent or removable. They offer superior stability and natural aesthetics and work well for patients with adequate jaw bone density.

What can dentures do for you?

Dentures normalize your facial appearance and oral function so you can enjoy life and feel good about yourself. If you believe dentures are in your future, please call Dr. George Landress for a consultation. Bring all your questions and expect answers that make sense for your smile needs. Call (203) 743-7608.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
March 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss doesn’t just have to be forever. You can get a full smile back with dentures.

Tooth loss, whether complete or full, doesn’t just impact your appearance it can also make it difficult to speak properly or get the proper denturesnutrients you need because chewing can be a challenge. While there are many options to choose from, sometimes patients are looking for the most budget-friendly restoration. In this case your Danbury dentist Dr. George Landress offers full and partial dentures: a tried and true way to restore your tooth loss.

How do Dentures Work?

Whether you are opting for full or partial dentures if you are getting a removable prosthesis then you can expect your dentures to contain a gum-colored base made from plastic that will fit over the ridge of bone that once held your permanent teeth. Coming out of the gum-like base are false teeth that are fabricated to look and function like real teeth.

Dentures stay in place by suctioning to the bone ridge. This is why it’s so important that your Danbury, CT restorative dentist fits your dentures to your mouth so that it can suction properly to help it stay in place. Since the upper dentures tend to get some support from the roof of the mouth they tend to be more stable than lower dentures.

What is it Like to Wear Dentures?

It can be exciting to finally have a smile back but know that it will take some adjusting to get used to talking or eating with your new teeth. But the more often you wear your dentures the faster the muscles and nerves of the mouth will learn to work with your dentures to help it function as closely to real teeth as possible.

Visit the practice of George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. and his exceptional dental team in Danbury that are dedicated to giving you back a full smile. Dentures can help you regain your smile and we are here to help!