Recent Improvements for Denture Wearers
New materials and technological advancements have dramatically improved the quality of dentures in recent years, according to Dr. Mindy Munowitz. At the Mindy Munowitz, DDS dental clinic, Dr. Munowitz treats countless patients needing dentures in Cincinnati. The materials that they make dentures out of have gotten so good in the last few years that the teeth are extremely natural looking, according to Dr. Munowitz.
Dr. Munowitz explains that she frequently hears patients boast about tricking friends and family members into thinking that their dentures are real, and says that many of her patients get compliments on how lovely their teeth look after getting new dentures put in. Thanks to the new products and techniques being used when making dentures today, dentists are able to create dentures that look so natural that most people cannot even tell the difference between dentures and natural teeth.
In addition, patients with newer style dentures no longer need to worry about applying denture cream or having their dentures slide around inside their mouths. Instead, dentures are fitted to the mouth perfectly using a special tensing machine that stimulates the muscles in a patient’s face and jaw in order to get them to their most relaxed state. By using this machine, dentists are finally able to make a denture that fits and forms perfectly to a patient’s muscles, according to Dr. Munowitz.
Getting older dentures to fit used to involve sticking a tray inside someone’s tensed up mouth and trying to take an impression. However, if the muscles aren’t completely relaxed, then it can be nearly impossible to take an accurate impression for the denture. With the use of a tensing machine, though, Dr. Munowitz helps patients needing dentures in Cincinnati get a perfect impression. “When we get the impression, we really are capturing the muscles in a completely relaxed state,” she says. By the time the patient actually gets his or her final denture delivered, it usually goes in perfectly without any adjustments needed.
Dr. Munowitz says that many of her clients get dentures that fit so well that she doesn’t need see them again afterward—and that is a good thing. “They go off with perfectly fitted dentures, so they don’t need to continue seeing us to have their dentures adjusted or refitted.”
Getting a new denture fitted involves a number of steps, starting with an initial consultation with the dentist. The first step is to get an initial impression, then a final impression, and then a bite, Dr. Munowitz says. Because everything is done while the tensing machine is relaxing the muscles in the mouth, Dr. Munowitz says she can be sure that the mouth is in the perfect position when the impression is being taken.
After the dentures have been made, Dr. Munowitz will ask patients to come back in to try their new dentures out. If the dentures work perfectly and fit perfectly, then the patient is ready to go. All in all, Dr. Munowitz estimates that most patients need a minimum of five appointments from start to finish in the denture-creation process.
It turns out that getting dentures can do more than just give people better smiles—it can open up their faces as well. When someone puts in a custom-made denture that fits his muscles and bite, that is usually the best feeling in the world, according to Dr. Munowitz. “And along with that, a properly fitted denture will open up the face and the eyes,” she says.
Dr. Munowitz says she has a number of before and after photos of patients who faces, and eyes in particular, look dramatically different after they started wearing a custom denture. People’s eyes will oftentimes open up more because suddenly the muscles in the face have changed, and they are finally balanced, according to Dr. Munowitz.
Despite these advances in denture technology, Dr. Munowitz cautions that people who do not have any bone in their mouths may not be able to reap the benefits of new dentures. When you lose your teeth early on—such as in your teens or early twenties—the bone in the jaw will disintegrate. Unfortunately, it is the teeth that hold the shape of the bone in the jaw, Dr. Munowitz says; so when you lose your teeth at a young age and you wear dentures for years on end, you could eventually get to the point where there is no more bone to put the dentures on. In such cases, Dr. Munowitz usually recommends dental implants as a better option. New dentures can even be worn over implants, which is a benefit to people who did not have that option in the past.
Finally, Dr. Munowitz explains that older patients who may have been wearing the same dentures for a while would most likely be shocked at all the changes in what is available now. This is why she recommends that patients who wear dentures in the Cincinnati area come to her clinic and see what new options are out there to try.
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