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By Linden Dental
May 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

How dentures from your dentists In Naples, FL, can restore your smile

If you have lost teeth and lost your smile, dentures are an excellent option to give you back your smile. A great smile is important to your self-esteem and self-confidence. It’s also important for chewing function, so you can enjoy the foods you love.

Drs. Richard and Maria Linden of Linden Dental in Naples, FL, offer a wide range of dental services, including dentures, to restore your smile.

Dentures are a good option for many reasons. The truth is, dentures provide:

  • A beautiful smile, which will enhance your appearance, and maybe even help you look younger.
  • Greater surface area for chewing, which improves your digestion, and your overall health.
  • Easy, user-friendly maintenance, because you can simply soak the denture in a denture cleanser, and gently brush it with denture-safe products.

There are a few denture options to choose from. If you are missing several teeth, but not your entire smile, you need a partial denture. You can choose from:

  • A conventional partial, which is meant to be a permanent tooth replacement, so the appliance is sturdy and durable; your partial is made after your tissue has healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks.
  • A transitional partial, which is meant to be temporary tooth replacement, while you are waiting for dental implant treatment; your partial is made before teeth are removed and delivered immediately after your teeth are extracted.

If you are missing your entire smile, you need full dentures. You can choose from:

  • A conventional full denture, which is meant to be a permanent tooth replacement; these dentures are made after your tissue has healed, at around 6 to 8 weeks.
  • An immediate full denture, which is made before your teeth are removed, and delivered immediately after your teeth are extracted; a conventional denture is made for you after your tissue has healed.

You don’t need to go without your smile, because dentures are an excellent choice to replace your lost teeth. To find out more about why dentures are a good option and how they can restore your smile, call Drs. Richard and Maria Linden of Linden Dental in Naples, FL, at (239) 593-0777. Call today!

By Linden Dental
November 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are a convenient option for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Additionally, when missing teeth are replaced, Denturesnormal biting and chewing functions are restored. Dentures can even improve speech and restore the natural shape of the face by providing support for sagging muscles. Here at our office in Naples, FL, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden are your dentists for dentures—read on to learn what they can do for you!


What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures offer numerous benefits. A primary benefit is that dentures restore your smile by replacing missing teeth and filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Other benefits of dentures include:

  • Restoring the natural shape of the face
  • Providing support for sagging facial muscles
  • Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
  • Improving speech affected by the gaps from missing teeth
  • Reducing the strain on existing teeth that were compensating for missing ones


What are full and partial dentures?

Dentures that replace a full row of missing teeth along the top or bottom arch are called full dentures. Partial dentures are used when only some of the teeth are missing along an arch and some natural teeth remain. Your Naples dentist can discuss the different types of dentures with you and recommend the right type for your needs.


What are the different types of partial dentures?

There are two main types of partial dentures:

  • Transitional—Worn temporarily while the mouth heels from a tooth extraction or other procedure. Transitional partial dentures are worn until dental implants can be placed.
  • Removable Partial—Removable partial dentures are worn long-term and replace missing teeth when some natural teeth still remain.


What are the different types of full dentures?

There are three main types of full dentures:

  • Immediate—This type of denture is worn temporarily while the gums heal from extractions or other procedures. Eventually, an immediate full denture will be replaced with a conventional one.
  • Conventional—This type of denture is custom made for each patient and is meant to be worn long-term to replace a full row of teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures—This type of full denture is held in place by several dental implants, which eliminates the need to secure the denture with an adhesive. This type of denture is often used when there are no teeth in the jaw bone to support a denture.


Need dental work? Give us a call

Dentures can restore your smile and so much more. To find out which type of denture is right for you, schedule an appointment with either Dr. Richard or Dr. Maria Linden, your Naples dentists, by calling Linden Dental at (239) 593-0777.


People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Linden Dental
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures, like tooth loss in general, tend to be associated with old age. And while the risk of tooth loss and gum disease does typically denturestend to be higher after age 65 according to the American Dental Association, younger adults in their 30s and 40s are not immune to gum disease and tooth loss. In fact, over 45% of American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, according to statistics. The dentists at Linden Dental, in Naples, FL, offer full and partial dentures for various degrees of tooth loss.

Fix Your Smile with Dentures in Naples, FL

Tooth loss - whether it consists of a single tooth, several, or all - can have a profound impact on everything from a person's social life to their oral and general health. Difficulty eating and speaking clearly, social embarrassment, and oral health problems like bone loss and gum disease are all common problems that come along with tooth loss. Dentures can help to solve many of the problems presented by tooth loss.

Types of Full and Partial Dentures

There are two main categories of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures treat complete tooth loss when all of the natural teeth are missing on the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can fill gaps when there are some healthy teeth remaining.

The three types of full dentures include:

Conventional full dentures - Permanent removable pair of dentures custom designed to conform to your gums once they have healed if extractions were involved, or after a period of time after the initial tooth loss.

Implant supported overdentures - Implants are surgically placed in the gums to replace the root of missing teeth. With a few implants, dentures can be attached for a more secure fit (not removable).

Immediate dentures - A temporary pair that can be worn immediately after tooth loss while the gums are healing and the permanent pair is ready.

The two types of partial dentures include:

Removable partial dentures - Made of a removable metallic wire base, partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge.

Transitional partial dentures - A temporary pair made of plastic, transitional partial dentures can be worn as the gums heal and you wait for a permanent pair.

Find a Dentist in Naples, FL

Tooth loss happens, but you are not stuck with a damaged and incomplete smile. For more information on the different types of dentures and to find the smile restoration option that is best for you, contact Linden Dental by calling 239-593-0777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden today.

By Linden Dental
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There are more smile advantages than you might think when you get dentures in Naples, FL.

While you certainly have options when it comes to treating your tooth loss, there is a reason people still turn to dentures to replace their denturesmissing teeth. Sometimes dentures get a bad rap but our Naples, FL, dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, are here to tell you the advantages you can enjoy with dentures.

Maybe you think you know dentures and what they can do for you, but dentures have come a long way over the centuries. Modern dental technology has made it possible for dentures to become a more reliable and realistic way to replace missing teeth. Even though dentures will never be as good as natural teeth, there are many advantages to choosing dentures in Naples, FL.

Here are a few:

  • Wearing dentures can actually prevent facial muscles from sagging. Sagging facial muscles can cause you to look older than you actually are, but wearing dentures can help you maintain your facial structure.
  • You will enjoy restored self-confidence now that you have a full smile again. You won’t worry about smiling in public or feel self-conscious that people are seeing gaps in your smile due to tooth loss. All they will see is a full set of teeth.
  • Dentures restore both speaking and chewing. Those with significant tooth loss may find it difficult to eat, which can hinder patients from receiving proper nutrients. Tooth loss can also affect someone’s speech. Fortunately, dentures can improve all of these issues.

Besides the benefits listed above, you’ll also enjoy getting a restoration in just a couple of visits. Other options, like dental implants, can take up to a year to get. But in just three visits, you too can get a full set of teeth.

And if finances have you stressed out about your upcoming dental treatment, note that dentures are one of the most affordable ways to replace your teeth. Other options may last longer or offer other advantages, but dentures are also kind to your wallet.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if they are right for you? Then it’s time you called Linden Dental in Naples, FL, to schedule your cosmetic consultation and see if dentures can improve your smile.