Dentures—Complete & Partials
Multiple missing teeth can make it difficult to perform everyday activities like eating and speaking. They can also make you much more self-conscious about your smile. At Rockville Centre Dentistry, we strive to improve the function and esthetics of our patients’ smiles. If you are missing one or more teeth, we can help restore your smile with a partial or complete denture.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth within a single arch. Most partial dentures utilize a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. This provides support for the restoration. Partials that replace a front tooth may also attach to a retainer-like appliance. These partial dentures are known as “flippers.” Other partials use precision attachments that remain hidden from view to improve esthetics.
To fabricate a partial, we must first take a mold or impression of your teeth. We will then use this mold to ensure your new restoration has a naturalistic and precise fit. Once your partial is in place, eating should become a more pleasant experience. It may also help to improve your speech. Many people choose partials over other appliances because they are a cost-effective solution for missing teeth.
A complete denture is a removable appliance that is used to replace a full-arch of missing teeth. The appliance consists of prosthetic teeth supported by a pink acrylic base. The base of a lower arch denture is usually shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Upper arch dentures typically cover the palate as well. Once in place, a complete denture utilizes your gum tissue for support.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is usually placed several months after the extraction of any remaining teeth. During the healing period, the tissues may change shape, which is why we wait to achieve the proper fit. That means you may need to go without teeth for several months. This is where an immediate denture comes into play.
An immediate denture is inserted directly following your extraction procedure. While an immediate denture ensures you do not go without teeth for an extended period, it is still a temporary measure. Once the healing process is complete, we will take an impression of your arch, and fabricate your conventional denture.
Living with Dentures
There may be a brief adjustment period once you receive your denture. Speaking and chewing with your new appliance may take some practice. A loose or bulky feeling is quite common while you learn how to hold the denture in place. During this time, we recommend a soft foods diet. During the next few months, Henry Cuttler, DDS will ask you to schedule a few follow up appointments so that we can monitor your progress. If you experience any gum irritation be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Once you adjust to your dentures, you should see drastic improvements in your everyday life. In other words, your new smile will feel as good as it looks!
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t let missing teeth affect your life. To learn more about dentures call (516) 678-0100, and schedule an appointment.