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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

 

 

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

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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

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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Tell Me About Full and Partial Dentures! Done!

June 12, 2015

Tell Me About Full and Partial Dentures

Partial dentures with gum colored and metal clasps.

Partial dentures with gum colored and metal clasps.

I would love to!

Flexible partial denture replaces missing posterior teeth.

Flexible partial denture replaces missing posterior teeth.

Flexible clasps blend with gum tissue for added aesthetics.

Flexible clasps blend with gum tissue for added aesthetics.

A full or partial denture is a removable appliance with artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth and gum tissue. A full denture replaces all the teeth in one arch while a partial denture replaces just the missing teeth present in a dental arch and may often use the remaining teeth to help support and maintain the partial denture.  Partial dentures can fill in the space missing from the loss of teeth, gums and the supporting bone.  There are even precision partial dentures that use specialized attachments to help the partial denture to feel more secure and look more natural.

 

What are the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with a full or partial denture?

  • Restored aesthetics and function
  • Improved chewing and speaking
  • Prevent shifting and drifting of remaining teeth
  • Eliminate or minimize the wrinkling of skin around the mouth from lack of support.

 

Partial overlays teeth to improve the bite.

Partial overlays teeth to improve the bite.

Partial overlays teeth to improve the bite.  The overlay is tooth colored, the partial framework is titanium.

Partial overlays teeth to improve the bite. The overlay is tooth colored, the partial framework is titanium.

It may take you awhile to get used to your new full or partial denture.  There will be sore spots and gum tenderness.  Usually there is an adjustment period when you may experience excessive saliva, or difficulty speaking.  This will improve with time and practice.

Our office will be happy to give you the information that you need to make good decisions about your teeth that work for you!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado, but we see patients from many areas.  Our office phone number is (970) 242-3635. If you use Facebook, our office has a facebook page that we would love for you to “like”! find us on Facebook at JulieMGillisdds

Yours for better dental health,

Julie M Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

 

Removable Dentures May Be A Good Option For You – Ask Us!

August 7, 2013

Is it time for removable full dentures or partial dentures?

If you’ve suffered permanent dental damage to all or most of your teeth, getting through the day can be a struggle. You might be too self-conscious to return a smile, and you’re probably missing out on your favorite foods. Custom-fitted dentures or partial dentures may be a good removable and easy-to-clean solution for you.

Poor-fitting dentures that look ‘fake’are a thing of the past! Our dental office works hard to ensure that your new smile solution will be dependable and secure. The dentures that we offer are designed and created to fit your jaw and mouth.

The benefits of dentures or partials are numerous. First, you’ll be able to eat much more normally than you’d be able to manage without tooth replacement, so you won’t have to sacrifice as many of your favorite dishes. Next, dentures will provide the support your facial muscles need to prevent changes to the shape of your face. The muscles in your cheeks need support to avoid drooping inward and sagging. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll be able to regain confidence as you return smiles with a stunning one of your own.

A full denture is a great solution if you need to replace all of your teeth. A partial denture works when some teeth are missing while other natural teeth stay intact. Partials are supported and held in place by your existing strong teeth, and full dentures require suction and perhaps a dental adhesive to remain in place. Dental implants can be used to help make your denture feel even more secure. Both partial dentures and full dentures are removable and easy to clean. Just use a toothbrush to clean your denture or partial denture, and then soak it overnight in water, perhaps with an added denture-cleaning tablet. It is very important that your denture fits well. Dr. Gillis works with very talented lab technicians to help achieve an excellent fit with good appearance and function.

If you would like more information our office would be happy to help! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com for further information.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

 

 

 

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