We are Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS; an Orange Park, FL general dental practice. In addition to providing general, cosmetic, and family dentistry, Dr. Nawrocki is also a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontics is the study of the artificial replacement of teeth and supporting structures. This gives us a unique advantage in that Dr. Nawrocki has the ability to provide treatment that most dentists have never seen or experienced.
One of the treatments that a Prosthodontist specializes in is the creation of dentures. Dentures have been a treatment used by dentists for several hundred years. Since then there have been advancements that have made dentures much more user friendly and esthetic. Denture treatment is often complex and a prosthodontist is the perfect person to provide that treatment. The following is a bit of information on the different denture treatment options.
A complete denture is used to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower dental arch. Complete dentures are created from a gum colored acrylic material that holds either porcelain or acrylic teeth. Dentures are often the least expensive treatment to replace that many teeth and can be used to restore function, esthetics, and a better way of life than edentualism.
Removable Partial Dentures
Contrary to the complete denture, the removable partial denture (RPD) is used when a few teeth are needed to be replaced. Pictured above, the RPD uses the healthy natural existing teeth for support. A properly created RPD will snap into place and will be retained in the mouth securely. RPD’s can be used as an alternative to bridges.
An overdenture differs from the complete denture in a few significant ways. An overdenture utilizes dental implants for retention. An overdenture has special designed metal housings on the underside. These housings essentially attach to the implants. The result is less slippage of the denture as well as a significant increase in chewing force. The overdenture, the complete denture, and the RPD are all removable appliances. They are removed and cleaned before bed.
The hybrid is similar to the overdenture but has a few key differences. First, the hybrid is a fixed prosthesis. The hybrid utilizes several implants on either of the dental arches. The implants are affixed into the bone and the hybrid prosthesis is screwed onto the implants. The result is an esthetic and functional replacement for all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. Dr. Nawrocki provides the residents of Orange Park and surrounding communities with Hybridge Dental Implant Technology. This hybrid treatment can be transforming. Feel free to read more on our Hybridge page!
If you would like any additional information or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nawrocki, we encourage you to contact us at any time!