Dentures have been around for just about forever, but they’ve never been as effective as they are today. Modern dentures fit well and provide years of happy, healthy smiles. Are you looking to complete your smile after significant tooth loss? Learn about the different types of dentures in Orange Park from your trusted prosthodontist, Dr. Matthew Nawrocki.
Full Dentures for Total Tooth Loss
If you are missing an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw, you certainly need a sturdy tooth replacement to regain the full function and form of your smile. A full denture does the job well — it is made of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic base that looks like your gum tissue. An upper denture has a plastic piece that covers the roof of the mouth, and a lower denture is shaped like a U to accommodate the tongue.
A full denture is held in place using suction. Denture adhesives may be used for additional support.
Partial Dentures Fit Like a Missing Puzzle Piece
If you still have some healthy teeth remaining in the gums, you don’t need a full denture. A partial denture lets you keep as much of your natural smile intact as possible. It fits in with your existing teeth like a missing puzzle piece — snap! Most partial dentures are removable, so you can take it out for cleaning and when you sleep at night. A fixed denture cannot be removed except by your dentist. This method requires the modification of the two healthy teeth surrounding the gap.
Whether it is fixed or removable, there are a number of benefits of choosing a partial denture. It prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place, and by stabilizing the bite and restoring your ability to chew normally, the partial can prevent additional tooth loss.
Implant-Retained Dentures Fit Perfectly
For a superior fit and better oral health over a lifetime, dental implants provide an excellent solution after tooth loss. They rebuild missing tooth structure from the root up, providing unsurpassed stability for a full or partial denture. Your dentist in Orange Park will strongly recommend an implant-retained solution for patients who are eligible for implant dentistry. Most adults who are in good oral and overall health are good candidates for dental implant procedures.
The benefits of having a denture that is held in place with dental implants include…
- No slippage or discomfort; dentures fit perfectly from day one.
- No need for denture adhesives.
- No sores or painful spots.
- Better oral health with a stabilized jaw bone.
- Prevents further tooth loss.
- Can improve previous issues with dental alignment.
Which Denture Is Best for You?
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Nawrocki, he will evaluate your tooth loss to determine which type of replacement is best for you. Patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider the solution. Even if you can’t undergo the implant surgery, traditional dentures will restore your ability to speak and smile with confidence!
Let’s Discuss Your Dentures Today!
After significant tooth loss, full or partial dentures provide an effective solution to help you eat, speak, and chew with confidence once again. Contact us to schedule an appointment with your general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist in Orange Park today!