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Dentures Replace All or Some of Your Teeth

Bring back your smile and your sense of well-being.  Yes, and bring back your confidence.  If tooth decay, gum disease, or traumatic injury has caused you to lose all of your permanent, your appearance and your health need not be at risk.  Once you have your dentures in place, it will be easier for you to speak clearly and to eat healthy foods again.

Facial muscles can sag and drop when you have lost your teeth.  Your face can look much older and change considerably too.  Today’s dentures are made especially for you and will resemble very closely your former natural teeth and can help maintain your normal appearance.  In many cases, your new dentures can be a cosmetic improvement to your smile.

Three Primary Kinds of Dentures:

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The overdenture is as it sounds, placed over some of your teeth which can be saved or over implants in some cases.  Saving your teeth can help to maintain your jawbone and to provide more stability and support for the denture itself.

The overdenture is removable.  Because it lays upon some minimal type of implant or upon properly filed down teeth, this type denture affords much more stability while the wearer chews upon food.  His or her speech in most cases improves as well.

The long term effectiveness of an overdenture is evident today, and this is a minimally invasive procedure.  Loose dentures can cause major inflammation of the gums in some people, and many simply refuse to wear their dentures due to the discomfort.

Many times existing dentures can be modified to be used as an overdenture which can considerably reduce the cost to those with conventional dentures.  In addition, with the increased stability of anchoring upon teeth or implants, the nuisance and expense of buying and using dental adhesives can be avoided.  There are many reasons to consider an overdenture and if you believe one may be helpful to you, ask Dr. Gehrig about them.

The Conventional Dentures

We can all remember Grandma and Grandpa’s dentures beside the bed at night.  It really wasn’t too many years ago, more often than not, a person over 55 ended up with dentures before his life was over.  Dental care, procedures, and overall hygiene have improved demonstrably in the past several years.

Conventional Dentures are still made and fitted.  First, the dentist removes any remaining teeth.  After the gums have totally healed, which can take several months for some, the patient is fitted for the dentures which lay directly upon your gums.  Your gums and whatever adhesive might be necessary are the only anchor for your dentures.

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The Immediate Dentures

Like the conventional denture, the immediate denture is anchored totally by your gums.  Unlike the conventional denture however, the immediate denture is placed directly over your gums after the dentist has removed your remaining teeth.  In a visit prior to the removal your teeth, the dentist will carefully measure your gums and jaw and will make models for the construction of your dentures.  The advantage to this procedure is there is no time when you will be without your teeth or dentures.  While the underlying gums are healing however, there maybe some changes to those measurements gathered during your preliminary appointment before your teeth were actually removed.  These changes may make it necessary for your dentures to be either be relined or perhaps even remade after your jaw area has completely healed.

See our follow up article on the care of your new dentures and for your new hygienic best practices.








Surgical Dentistry & Oral Health

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Surgical dentistry, also known as oral surgery, involves dental procedures that alleviate problems with your teeth and gums. Dr. Gehrig and his staff offer surgical techniques that are as painless and comfortable as possible for patients. Dr. Gehrig’s team assures patients they will receive the best professional care without the worry or stress involved in anticipating dental surgery. The professional dental surgery performed at Family Oral Health Associates limits the discomfort and post-operative pain sometimes associated with oral surgery. Your dental problems will not only be corrected, but you will also once again be sporting healthy teeth and a bright smile.

The surgical dentistry procedures at Dr. Gehrig’s office include most extractions, biopsies of soft tissue and mini implants. Services also include preparation for and applying complete dentures, immediate dentures, partial dentures, implant retained dentures and partials. Surgical dentistry may involve root canals, crowns, veneers, bridges and other minor applications for your dental or cosmetic needs. Dr. Gehrig will refer you to highly qualified specialists in the Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie area for more complex oral surgery.

Patients receive thorough examination, evaluation and consultation before Dr. Gehrig proceeds with necessary oral surgery. Extractions may be necessary because of decay or shifting of certain teeth from damage. Simple procedures remove teeth that are not comfortably visible or partially hidden. In some cases, crowns, partial dentures or implants can protect your teeth for health or cosmetic reasons. Other issues may call for extractions, including teeth that haven’t developed properly and block the function of other teeth or preparation for bridges, braces or cosmetic measures. Tooth replacement may be necessary because of accidents. Patients can have their damaged or lost teeth repaired or replaced when coming to a dentist for immediate attention.

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You can keep a beautiful smile with implants and partial dentures when certain teeth must be removed. Dr. Gehrig and his staff at family oral health can perform this procedure, which not only restores the appearance of your teeth, but also avoids dental distortion that leads to other problems due to lost teeth. Surgical dentistry plays an important role in maintaining oral health by preventing damage to tissue and the formation or your overall teeth. Dr. Gehrig can advise you on ways to keep your teeth healthy with necessary additions and replacements while improving your appearance. Yes, oral surgery also provides more attractive teeth in many cases. It’s not uncommon for patients who have lost or damaged teeth to leave Dr. Gehrig’s office with a brighter, happier smile and a new outlook on life after only a few sessions, thanks to modern dental technology!

There’s no longer any fear for patients who need dental work and oral surgery. You will be surprised how much can be done to restore your dental health by visiting the office of Dr. Gehrig in the Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie area. Local anesthesia makes dental work pain-free whether you need extractions, crowns, bridges, implants, partials or other additions for healthier teeth and a remarkably improved appearance.

Surgical dentistry is a vital part of the service we offer through Dr. Robert D. Gehrig, DMD.  Please see  other services available by visiting our services page.