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.
A palateless denture stabilised with dental implants has several advantages including:
How does it work?
Step 1: Involves taking impressions of your upper and lower arch to ensure the denture fits correctly and your bite is well aligned.
Step 2: Involves positioning the dental implants into the jawbone and allowing time for them to heal.
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.
Step 4: Involves more impressions to ensure no changes are needed to provide an accurate fit.
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.
As few as two dental implants can be used, however, more implants will increase the stability of your prosthesis.
If you’re looking for quality prosthetic dentistry call today for a consultation at Maida Smiles.