What are dentures?
Drs. Lerner and Lemongello know that people with missing teeth tend to become less confident, have difficulty speaking properly, or have trouble eating certain foods. It is for this reason why we believe that, although they are not the newest innovations or the most advanced restoration procedures in the field of dentistry, dentures still make one of the biggest contributions in our constant battle against missing teeth. They are made of artificial teeth attached onto a plastic base, and is sometimes supported by a metal framework that is fitted into the patient’s mouth to take the place of missing teeth.
What are the types of dentures?
Dentures may either be full or partial, depending on the patient’s particular requirement.
- Complete or full dentures are used to replace all of the patients missing teeth, specifically on the upper maxillary or lower mandibular arches of the mouth. Usually, the artificial teeth are attached onto a gum colored plastic base that is kept in place by the gums, or by attaching onto dental implants.
- Partial dentures are used to replace some of the patient’s missing teeth in specific locations in the mouth where they are needed. The artificial teeth may either be attached onto a plastic base or a metal framework that is kept in place by metal clasps attached on to the patient’s existing teeth.
- Implant supported dentures, or overdentures, are possibly the best way to tackle the problem of loose dentures because the implant imparts stability and gives the necessary support the denture needs to stay in place.
What is the process of getting dentures?
- Conventional full dentures are fabricated based on impressions taken from the patient’s mouth. The dentures are fabricated in stages to ensure that the final teeth have the proper fit, bite and appearance of natural teeth.
- Immediate full dentures are used by patients immediately after all the teeth have been removed from the mouth. This means that the patient does not have to go without teeth for any period of time, but the downside to this is that the gums will begin to shrink during the healing process and the dentures may have to be readjusted over time to ensure the proper fit.
At the office of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, we work with only the highest skilled technicians who use the best materials available on the market to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing and natural looking dentures. If you require new cosmetic dentures or would like to stabilize loose dentures with implants, call our office in Palm Beach, Florida to schedule a consultation today.