successful Denture starts with a Complete
Denture Examination. It is important to
determine if a person actually needs a denture and whether an overdenture
is indicated. Because of advances in Dentistry it is often possible to
return the mouth to health without the construction of a denture. It is
always the best choice to KEEP your teeth or at least some of them.
A successful denture can be made but is always a compromise.
As with a patient that has teeth, It is important that a proper exam be performed before a denture is constructed on someone who has worn a denture for many years . It is important to check for changes in the mouth and to determine if the dental arches can be enhanced by ridge enhancement surgery, before the new denture is constructed. If any pathology is present, it is important not to construct a new denture over active disease.
A complete clinical examination of the mouth is used to determine the condition of the soft tissues and the size and shape of the dental arches. The relationship of the upper and lower jaws can also be determined.
x-ray will show all the bony areas, and along with a clinical exam can
uncover any hidden problems and allow for a proper diagnosis. Some of the
things we look for in a denture exam are:
patients wanting to maintain some teeth while a denture is constructed
an Immediate Denture
can be constructed. Implants may be placed in the jaw to anchor a denture
when a patient is unable to wear a denture successfully.