If you have a current pair of dentures that are unattractive, uncomfortable, loose, wobbly, or otherwise just poorly fit, you might think that all dentures have to be that way. If you’ve never had dentures, you might already be resigning yourself to the fact that you’ll soon experience what all those denture wearers you know have been complaining about.
With modern technology and techniques, we can make dentures that don’t look, fit or function like dentures. They will look, fit, and function almost like your natural teeth.
We call it the Denture Fountain of Youth® because these aren’t dentures that make you look older the way traditional dentures can–these can actually make you look much younger.
Dentures with a Comprehensive Fit
The reason why many dentures fit or function poorly is that dentists don’t fit them properly. Economy dentures come in just a few sizes. A dentist selects the one closest to the size of your mouth, then takes an impression and makes sure they fit over your gums. Essentially, these fit only your gums. They may start out uncomfortably tight, but they quickly become loose and slippery. They may have limited function for chewing and may slip when you talk, laugh, or eat.
Traditional dentures are based on measurements of your mouth. They are custom-made to fit in your mouth as well as over your gums. These typically start out with a more comfortable fit. The quality fit may last longer. They are adequate for chewing and talking as long as you take care to modify eating techniques and carefully seat your dentures before speaking. They may not be comfortable for long wear, and you may experience jaw pain, headaches, and other TMJ symptoms.
But with the Denture Fountain of Youth ®, we use neuromuscular dentistry to get the most comprehensive fit yet. We not only measure your gums and mouth, we measure the muscles that are used in biting, chewing, and talking. We ensure that your dentures will support an optimal position of your jaw, which can make them more comfortable and will make talking, biting, and chewing more efficient. These don’t just fit your gums or your mouth, they fit your entire face.
T-Scan by Tekscan
We confirm the amazing fit of your dentures using Tekscan, a digital bite measurement that shows exactly how much force your dentures are experiencing at each point. T-Scan will tell us if there are localized pinch points that are not only uncomfortable, they can also speed bone loss, even if you have dental implants. Because Tekscan gives detailed data in real time, it even helps us pinpoint bite pain that rises up then passes.
How Better Fit Rejuvenates Your Appearance
When we measure your muscles and your jaw for fitting dentures, we are essentially seeking to reproduce an optimal version of the bite your teeth and jaw grew into when you were a young adult.
But because your jaw supports so much of your lower face–your cheeks, lips, chin, and throat–putting your bite back to its youthful position puts all those other tissues back to their youthful positions. You will see a reduction in deep folds and wrinkles, jowls, and turkey neck though some degree of skin and soft tissue changes will remain. Your lips will no longer fold inward the way they did with your old dentures.
We also get additional rejuvenation by using quality materials. The plastic teeth used in most dentures can’t help but look a little dull, even if they are artificially white. But ceramic teeth in the Fountain of Youth Dentures ® can achieve natural brilliance, making your smile look even younger.
Dental Implants Improve the Effect
If we want to provide maximal support for your facial tissues using the Denture Fountain of Youth ®, we recommend dental implants. Dental implants allow your dentures to be anchored in your jawbone similar to your natural teeth.
Partial Dentures Can Be Better, Too
Although people with full dentures will benefit most from the Denture Fountain of Youth ®, people with partial dentures can also see similar benefits from these advanced denture techniques, especially the use of dental implants. If you are tired of a flipper that always flips out of place, we can help you get a replacement that stays in place and supports itself without clasps, hooks, or a plastic piece that fills your mouth.