Just because you wear dentures doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful smile. People with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures tend to become less confident, have difficulty speaking properly, or have trouble eating certain foods. It is for this reason the Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, in Palm Beach Gardens, along with their highly skilled team believe that dentures still make one of the biggest contributions in replacement of missing teeth. However, even with dentures you can have the beautiful smile you always wanted.
A smile makeover with dentures is no different than a smile makeover with porcelain veneer, crowns or implants when it comes to designing a smile. They are made of artificial teeth attached onto a plastic base, and sometimes supported by a metal framework fitted into the patient’s mouth but that doesn’t mean they should look fake.
That is why you want to choose a dentist that understands how to create beautiful smiles. At Dr’s Lerner and Lemongello’s office, creating a beautiful smile with dentures takes time. Unlike a “denture center” where one size denture fits all, a complete examination is performed to evaluate your needs. A smile analysis is completed to determine what type; size, shape and color teeth are best suited for your face and facial features creating the most natural, beautiful smile for you. The teeth are then set up in a wax denture to preview what your new teeth will look like before they are finished. Your speech is checked along with how the teeth bite together ensuring proper function and comfort. It is at this time that any changes needed are made. Once everything has been checked and you are happy the denture is finished and custom fitted to provide the best possible result.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are partial or full arches of replacement teeth that are made using high-quality acrylic and, in some cases, a metal base. These custom-made fixtures fit over the gums and restore a natural-looking facial profile by sustaining the structure of the mid-face and lips. Some dentures are removable and others are retained with dental implants that fix them into place.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
In general, dentures can be complete or partial, removal or fixed.
Complete dentures are also called full dentures. These fixtures replace an entire set of missing or damaged teeth. You can get full dentures for your upper or lower arch, or both arches at once. Complete dentures are supported by the natural tissues of your mouth. They are held against the gums by natural suction. A denture adhesive can be used to increase stability as needed. You can remove them at night to clean them and must do so very carefully due to their fragility.
Partial dentures, like complete dentures, can be removable. A partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower arch. This type of denture is secured into place by clasps that fit around adjacent teeth. The clasps, made of metal or flexible plastic, are discreet and should not degrade the natural appearance of your smile.
Both full and partial dentures can be made to affix to dental implants, small titanium posts that are set within the jawbone. A partial fixed denture is referred to as an implant-supported bridge. Your dentist will determine how many dental implants are needed to support this type of denture based on the number of teeth that are being replaced. Full implant-retained dentures may be fixed or removable. This type of denture may be stabilized with approximately four dental implants.
A thorough consultation and examination will help you and your dentist determine which type of denture is best suited to your needs and preferences.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Denture treatment may be an ideal form of restorative care for any adult who is missing some or all of their natural teeth. Tooth loss may occur for many reasons, including injury, oral disease, and age. In addition to replacing teeth that have fallen out, denture treatment may address severe dental damage. If you have several teeth that are broken, cracked or chipped, or damaged by decay, you may be a candidate for extraction followed by denture treatment. Dr’s Lerner and Lemongello have been serving patients for many years. Here in our comfortable office, you can expect to receive a thorough assessment of your dental health and needs. If you are a candidate for dentures, our team will ensure that you receive all of the information you need to make an educated decision about your care.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
Denture treatment has been around for longer than many adults today have been alive! Over the last century, this tooth-replacement treatment has advanced quite a bit due to the discovery of better dental materials and techniques. Modern dentures are functional and natural-looking. It can sometimes take a few adjustments to get the fit just right, but a well-made denture can feel extraordinarily comfortable and stable. Using dentures to restore your smile, your dentist also sets the stage for you to feel more confident in your appearance. Your new denture will match your facial structure and complexion, making your smile look very natural. If you receive partial dentures, your remaining teeth will benefit from the efficient dispersion of force when you bite and chew. This can help your remaining natural teeth last longer with less wear and tear.
What Conditions do They Treat?
The direct purpose of denture treatment is to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. In doing this, your dentures can restore your ability to eat a well-balanced, enjoyable diet without pain. Having a full set of teeth, your speech can be sustained, or may even improve. Additionally, dentures can correct or prevent atrophy in the facial muscles that surround the mouth.
What is the Difference Between Full Dentures and Partial Dentures?
Full dentures replace a whole row of teeth. This may be your upper or lower teeth. You may also choose to receive a complete denture that replaces all of your natural teeth. Conventional upper dentures fit over the gums and also cover the roof of the mouth. This is necessary for stability. Because of this coverage, a full denture might affect your ability to taste. To prevent this, some patients choose implant-retained dentures for their upper arches. Partial dentures are made to replace just a few teeth. This type of denture is used when it makes sense to keep some of the natural teeth. A partial denture may be stabilized by clasps that attach to surrounding teeth or by one or more dental implants.
At the office of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, we work with only the highest skilled technicians who use the best materials available made in the USA 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 Gardens, Florida to schedule a consultation today.
Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.
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