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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists estimate that approximately 15 percent of Americans missing teeth wear a denture device, and in denturesmany cases you wouldn’t even know it. Modern dentures are more natural-looking and customized for individual patients. They can give you peace of mind as you’ll know that your smile is, once again, complete, attractive, and functional. Understand the similarities and differences between specialty and partial dentures, both of which can be created for you by Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and serving the Redford area.

About Dentures
Dentures are a cosmetic treatment used by dentists to fill in unwanted spaces caused by tooth loss. They are very common due to the fact that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Some denture devices use a tight-fitting suction action to hide whole rows of missing teeth, while others use metal clasps to attach a replacement tooth to the open space. They last for five years or longer and may need adjustments over time to assure a snug, comfortable fit.

Partial and Specialty Dentures
A partial or specialty denture is created to replace one or more missing teeth along the gumline. The space is measured using a dental mold by your Livonia and Redford dentist so that a customized device can be formed. The tooth is connected to a metal framework called precision attachments that uses healthy adjacent teeth for support. It is attached to gum-colored plastic. It’s designed so that once it is in place, the metal is barely visible. Some modern partials can be created without precision attachments.

Denture Maintenance
It may take some time for you to get used to your new partial or specialty denture. You’ll soon be comfortable eating, talking, and socializing while wearing it. Before you go to bed, remove them and gently brush them to remove any film or particles, then soak them in a solution recommended by your dentist. The better you care for the specialty denture, the longer it will be before you need it replaced or adjusted. 

Explore All Your Denture Options
Dentures have helped countless patients restore their missing teeth. Talk to a dentist at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and also serving patients in Redford, to learn more about specialty and partial dentures. Call 248-482-7020 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laurie Mulka.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been thinking about replacing your missing teeth with dentures? Today's specialty and partial dentures are designed with your denturescomfort in mind. Our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, discusses a few questions you may want to ask yourself if you're considering dentures in Livonia.

Am I happy with the way I look?

Missing teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel less confident in business or social situations in the Redford and Livonia area. Tooth loss doesn't just affect your smile but may also make you look a little older. Your teeth help support the muscles in your face. When they're gone, the muscles tend to droop, which can make your cheeks look hollow. Full, immediate, partial or overdentures offer an excellent way to restore your full smile and improve your self-esteem.

Is it hard to eat?

Without teeth, it's difficult to eat many meat, poultry and hard fruits and vegetables. Soft foods and liquids may become your only options. After a while, your diet can become monotonous, plus you may not receive the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

Do you swallow foods whole because you can't chew them? The habit can lead to frequent stomach problems. Dentures will allow you to enjoy a full range of foods again avoid upset stomachs.

Is it difficult to communicate with people?

Your teeth, lips and tongues work together when you speak. Without teeth, it may be hard to speak clearly. Communicating with other people, especially on the telephone, can become difficult and frustrating. Thanks to your new dentures, you won't have to constantly repeat yourself during conversations.

Do I have any remaining teeth?

If you still have some teeth, you may not be concerned about replacing your missing teeth. Unfortunately, the teeth are subject to increased wear and tear, which may lead to enamel erosion or and other issues that may put them at risk. Partial dentures can fill in the gaps in your smile and help protect your remaining teeth.

Am I concerned about comfort?

Some people resist getting dentures because they're concerned that the dentures will be uncomfortable and painful. Today's dentures are more comfortable than ever and molded to fit your mouth. Periodic adjustments to your dentures will ensure that they don't slip or irritate your gums. Although there is an adjustment period when your first receive your dentures, most people become used to wearing them fairly quickly.

Restore your smile with specialty and partial dentures. Call our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Mulka, at (248) 482-7020 to schedule your appointment in Livonia.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your Redford dentist can improve your smiledental implants

If you are missing teeth, you may already be wearing a denture or you may have thought about dental implants. You need to consider a new, innovative treatment to complete your smile; it’s called mini-implants! This revolutionary new implant procedure can restore your smile to greatness. Dr. Laurie Mulka in Redford, MI, wants to share the facts about how mini-implants may save your teeth and your smile.

Mini-implants have several advantages over conventional full implants. Consider:

  • Mini-implants are usually far less expensive than full implants
  • Mini-implants can be placed in one visit, saving you time and money
  • Mini-implants are less invasive because they don’t require a surgical flap procedure or sutures

Like full implants, mini-implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, and can also support a denture.

Dr. Mulka can discuss whether mini-implants are the right choice for you, or whether you should consider full implants. Full implants require more of a healing period before an implant crown can be placed, but the result is amazing!

When you compare dental implants to conventional methods of tooth replacement like bridges, partials or dentures, you will find that dental implants are:

  • Stable, because they are embedded in bone and won’t move around
  • Natural looking, because they look and feel just like your existing teeth
  • Convenient, because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth

Your dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they won’t ever stain or decay, giving you a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Unlike dentures or partials, implants don’t put pressure on your jaw, which helps to conserve bone, giving you a firm jawline and more youthful face.

Mini-implants and full implants can save your teeth and your smile. You deserve your best smile, and you can achieve it with dental implants. For more information about mini-implants and full implants, call Dr. Mulka in Redford, MI. Protect your smile and your self-confidence by calling today!