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Overlay Partial Denture for Bite Opening

January 27, 2017

Filed under: Dentures and Partial Dentures — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 8:00 am
This overlay partial uses a tooth colored composite material to add height to the posterior teeth.

This overlay partial uses a tooth colored composite material to add height to the posterior teeth.

This overlay partial uses a tooth colored composite material to add height to the teeth.

This overlay partial uses a tooth colored composite material to add height to the teeth.

Overlay Partial Denture for Bite Opening

 

 

 

An overlay partial denture is compared to a flexible partial denture in this blog.  An overlay partial is described and illustrated above.

All partial dentures are designed to fit around the remaining teeth and replace missing teeth.  There are many designs for partial dentures from complex to simple.  Some partial dentures use precision attachments instead of the clasps that are on a ‘standard’ partial denture.

An overlay partial is designed to ‘open the bite’ for a better occlusion or bite.  You can see an example of an overlay partial above.  Without this partial in, the patient has a very deep bite which means that there is a lot of overlap between the upper and lower teeth.  The overlap was so extensive in this case that the patient was severely wearing out (thinning) his natural lower teeth!

The bite is the same with the partial in or out. Flexible lower partial denture uses tooth-colored clasps for better aesthetics.

The bite is the same with the partial in or out. Flexible lower partial denture uses tooth-colored clasps for better aesthetics.

Flexible lower partial denture uses tooth-colored clasps for better aesthetics.

Flexible lower partial denture uses tooth-colored clasps for better aesthetics.

 

 

 

How does an overlay partial denture differ from a standard partial?

 

  1. An overlay partial denture will cover the chewing surfaces of all the teeth on one arch or most of the teeth.
  2. An overlay partial denture will be more expensive due to the additional laboratory time required to create appropriate anatomy for each tooth.
  3. There should always be a reason for the use of an overlay partial denture. Ask your dentist to explain the benefits and contraindications between an overlay and a standard partial.
  4. The material covering the teeth in an overlay partial denture can be made of porcelain, composite, or metal.

A flexible partial denture uses a very strong, special, and flexible plastic to hold in the teeth. This material can be very strong even though it is very thin.  It is less noticeable than a partial that uses metal clasps but it may not last as long.  It is usually more comfortable for patients and easier to get used to!

Having a well-made full set of teeth improves your life and preserves the remaining teeth by helping to share the load and supporting the remaining teeth.  The forces of your bite can cause teeth to loosen especially when there are missing teeth or bone loss.  We love to offer our patients options about replacing their teeth.  Our office is in Grand Junction, Colorado but we use laboratories across the United States to make our removable partials for us.  We select dental laboratories based on who delivers the highest quality product and stands behind their treatment so that we can do the same for our patients!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

 

 

Dentures Can Look Awesome AND Natural!

November 10, 2015

Filed under: Dentures and Partial Dentures,Dentures or Partial Dentures — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 3:28 pm
Much improved function and aesthetics with our new denture!

Much improved function and aesthetics with our new denture!

Existing denture very worn and discolored - unattractive smile and poor function due to problems with the bite!

Existing denture very worn and discolored – unattractive smile and poor function due to problems with the bite!

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What is a Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture?

October 5, 2015

What is a Swing-Lock Partial Denture?Obturator (7 of 16)

Missing teeth can often be replaced with a removable partial denture.  Often the cause of missing teeth is periodontal disease.  Patients with periodontal disease have lost supporting bone around the teeth and the teeth are often slightly loose.  If this is the case, or is many teeth are missing, patients may find it difficult to wear the partial denture that was designed for them.  The denture may feel loose and uncomfortable.  There may be several gaps between the partial and the teeth due to natural undercuts in the teeth that the partial does not fill in.  (Filling in these areas might make it impossible to seat or place a standard partial denture)  An alternative partial denture design is a Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture.

Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture

Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture

The metal framework of this type of partial incorporates a bar that hinges and when the denture is seated this arm of the partial is ‘swung’ towards the teeth where it will usually engage a point on all the remaining teeth and at the end of the bar is a clasp which snaps or presses into a metal piece in the body of the denture.  Once the clasp is closed, there is very little movement of the partial as the individual struts on the swinging arm are engaging undercuts on each of the remaining teeth.  The patient simply unhooks the swinging arm to remove the partial.  The clasps are places in such a way as to be nearly invisible when the patient smiles!

Without Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture

Without Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture

Obturator (6 of 16)

Patient is wearing the Swing-Lock Removable Partial Denture

 

Teeth can also be lost for other reasons including severe decay and fractures.   In the case shown here the teeth on one side of the mouth,  and a considerable amount of the palate were removed due to cancer.  Since so much soft tissue is missing it is difficult to get any support from the tissue as you would in a standard partial denture.  So some of the added support needed comes from the ‘locking’ of the Swing-Lock Partial denture hinging free arm into natural undercuts present in the remaining teeth.

Our office is very concerned with helping our patients function and look their best.  Oral health is the primary focus.  We would be happy to offer you suggestions for any dental concerns you may have.  There are always options for your dental treatment!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado (970) 242-3635 but we see patients from all over Colorado and Eastern Utah!

Yours for better oral health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Know Your Tooth Replacement Options in Grand Junction, CO

September 3, 2015

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If you have teeth that are damaged or missing, then you’re familiar with the challenges these may present. You may not be able to eat some of your favorite foods, many of which might be key ingredients of a nutritious diet, as well. Missing or broken teeth may make speaking difficult in both professional and social settings. You may even be reluctant to smile. And whether you have one or more missing teeth, there may be consequences to your oral health, which range from periodontal disease to a misaligned bite. Thus, the need to replace missing teeth or repair broken teeth is significant. There are a few excellent choices including, partial dentures, dental or tooth bridges and dental implants. Fortunately, Dr. Julie M. Gillis and her staff in Grand Junction, CO, are well-versed in the pros and cons of each option and can help you select the one that is best for your circumstance.

Partial Dentures Grand Junction, CO, Smiles About

Partial dentures are appropriate if you are missing some teeth, but others remain in place. A partial fits like a puzzle piece between intact teeth, and is usually held in place by clasps that attach to teeth that are adjacent to your missing teeth. A partial denture is removable and easy to keep clean. When you brush your teeth, be sure to brush your partial denture, too. Never sleep with a partial denture in your mouth. Instead, place it in a glass of water and let it soak overnight.

Bridges

A dental bridge, as the name implies, bridges the gap in your smile that missing teeth leave behind. The bridge consists of a false tooth that replaces the missing one and two crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth with strong roots. The crowns secure your bridge in place. If the roots of these abutment teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or if the tooth is damaged, then Dr. Gillis may recommend dental implants to support the bridge.

Dental Implants

Unlike partial dentures and bridges that depend on your other teeth for placement and stability, a dental implant is a stand-alone tooth replacement option. Dr. Gillis carefully implants a small titanium post in the jawbone where there is a tooth missing. This implant mimics the function of a natural tooth root. As you heal from surgery, the post and bone fuse together to form a stable base. After a few months, Dr. Gillis attaches a custom-made porcelain crown to the post, and you have a new, independent tooth replacement.

Call Our Office Today

When considering bridges, dental implants or partial dentures, Grand Junction, CO, and the surrounding communities of Fruita, CO, Palisade, CO,  and Clifton, CO rely on Dr. Julie M. Gillis and her team for the best guidance and treatment.  We serve patients from the Western Slope of Colorado, eastern Utah and Fruita, Palisade and Orchard Mesa, CO.

Replace Missing Teeth with Partial Dentures Grand Junction, CO

August 12, 2015

partial denture

If you have several missing teeth, then you know the consequences are more than cosmetic. Yes, of course, there is the fact that when you smile or speak other people see that you’ve lost teeth. Beyond this, however, missing teeth can affect your ability to speak, which may impact your confidence socially and professionally. And having even one missing tooth—to say nothing of several missing teeth—can hinder your ability to eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet, which must include raw fruits and vegetables. For these reasons, the need to replace missing teeth cannot be overstated. Dr. Julie M. Gillis is the dentist 81501 for tooth replacement with partial dentures.
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