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By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
September 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Partial Dentures  

Durable as well as life-like, dental implants are by far the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. But they can be costly and, although not as much, so can traditional bridgework. Is there an effective but more affordable means to replace a few missing teeth?

There is: a removable partial denture (RPD). In fact, RPDs have always been the less expensive alternative to bridgework and implants. Today's RPDs are usually made of vitallium, a strong but lightweight metal alloy. Because of the metal's characteristics, we can create an appliance that precisely matches the contours of your gums, is thin and hardly noticeable. We anchor prosthetic (false) teeth made of porcelain, resins or plastics in acrylic or nylon that resembles gum tissue.

The most important aspect of an RPD is to design it to produce the least amount of movement in your mouth as you eat or speak. A good design will minimize pressure on both the underlying bone (which can accelerate bone loss) and on the remaining teeth that support the RPD. Although a little more costly, it may be advantageous to use a dental implant to stabilize a lower partial denture when no end tooth is available for support.

To get the most out of your RPD — and to prevent dental disease — it's important for you to practice diligent daily hygiene. RPD attachments can make remaining teeth more susceptible to plaque accumulation, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. To avoid this you should remove the RPD and thoroughly brush and floss your remaining teeth. You should clean the RPD every day with recommended cleansers. You should also take it out at night while you sleep to discourage further bacterial or fungal growth.

Besides daily care for your RPD and natural teeth, be sure to visit us for cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. Taking care of both your appliance and your mouth will help ensure your RPD serves you for many years to come.

If you would like more information on removable partial dentures or other restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Partial Dentures: Still a Viable Tooth-Replacement Alternative.”

By Thomas Kemlage DDS
June 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health

A Brief History and Development of Dentures

The problem: a small or large gap in your smile due to missing teeth. The common solution for patients on a budget who need a quick fix: dentures. Learn more about dentures, including their history and development over time in advance of your upcoming appointment with Fenton MO dentists Dr. Thomas F. Kemlage DDS and Andrew T. Kemlage DDSDentures

What Defines Denture?

A denture is a row of artificial teeth that are designed to fit over the gum line. The dentures are bonded to a pinkish red colored material that’s made to resemble the gums so that when you smile it looks natural. Dentures (partial or full) allow you to chew and speak more normally than you would without teeth. The can be removed for cleaning and sleeping. Fenton MO dentists Dr. Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage DDS take care to form and shape the dentures to fit in your mouth securely and comfortably.

The History of Dentures

The first denture appliances were created in Northern Italy by the Etruscans as early as 500 B.C. They used teeth from animals to form rows of teeth for human use. This practice continued well into the 1700s when one of the most famous men of that time, George Washington, wore a pair made of ivory from various animals. Some early “dentists” used teeth from fallen soldiers on the battlefield to create denture-like appliances. The modern dentures that dentists use were developed in the 20th century – they are made of porcelain, acrylic and other plastic materials. The design is much more durable and long lasting than primitive dentures used in the past.
Dentures from Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
Fenton MO cosmetic dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are masters when it comes to the development of modern denture appliances. They take care to create dentures that will fit your mouth comfortably and last for an extended period of time. The goal is to have dentures that will make you feel comfortable when eating, talking and smiling at others in social situations. Contact their office at (636) 225-1777 to learn more about modern dentures or explore our website and click “Request an Appointment” to set a date and time for a consultation.