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What is a Palateless Denture?

What is a Palateless Denture?

Ever since traditional dentures were introduced, patients have struggled with the problems posed by a covered soft palate. Normally, upper dentures cover the top of the mouth so thoroughly that a person’s ability to taste and experience their food is diminished, not to mention hamper proper function.

Now, modern prosthetic dentistry has overcome this hurdle with upper dentures without a palate – or palateless dentures – now available at Maida Smiles.

Paletteless dentures are designed for use when all of your upper teeth are missing. It involves any upper denture that has no plate covering the upper palate, including dental implants, natural tooth-retained overdentures, fixed/removable restorations, or even a conventional palateless denture with a horseshoe shaped frame.

What are the benefits of upper dentures without a palate?

A palateless denture stabilised with dental implants has several advantages including:

  • – It is secure and feels more like your natural teeth.
  • – It’s more comfortable than traditional dentures.
  • – The open palate enhances your taste and enjoyment of food.
  • – Implants stimulate your jawbone and help prevent shrinkage that normally occurs when teeth are missing.
  • – Beneficial for patients with a highly sensitive gag reflex who have trouble adjusting to the palate in a conventional denture.

How does it work?

Impressions

Step 1: Involves taking impressions of your upper and lower arch to ensure the denture fits correctly and your bite is well aligned.

Dental implant placement

Step 2: Involves positioning the dental implants into the jawbone and allowing time for them to heal.

Fusing period

Step 3: Itlasts three to four months, where the implants will fuse to your jawbone and provide a solid anchor for your palateless denture. Meanwhile, you can wear a temporary denture.

Additional impressions

Step 4: Involves more impressions to ensure no changes are needed to provide an accurate fit.

Permanent dentures

The final step involves the formation of your permanent denture. When they are ready, they will be fixed onto the dental implants and checked for appearance, bite and comfort.

How Many Dental Implants Are Required?

As few as two dental implants can be used, however, more implants will increase the stability of your prosthesis.

What happens during implant placement?

  • You will be sedated for the procedure.
  • The surgery will be pain-free, but you may experience minor discomfort afterwards which will improve with over-the-counter pain relief.
  • Implant placement takes about an hour per dental implant.
  • You’ll be given post-care instructions.
  • You will be able to resume normal activities the next day.

If you’re looking for quality prosthetic dentistry call today for a consultation at Maida Smiles.

 

 

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