Significant tooth loss can be devastating. Those missing most or all of their teeth often have difficulty chewing and speaking, which can seriously impede overall quality of life. Fortunately, full or partial dentures can help restore appearance and function. At Everhart Dental, Dr. Sandra Pojtek offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures.
Traditional Full Dentures
When you think of dentures, you probably imagine these. Full dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Patients may need an upper denture, a lower denture, or both. These appliances consist of a gum-colored base with artificial teeth. Resting on the gums for support, full dentures restore appearance and significant function.
Today’s dentures are strong and durable, but they won’t last forever. In most cases, patients need to have their dentures replaced every seven to 10 years. We recommend relining your appliance every two years as well.
Traditional Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are similar to full dentures, but are recommended when a patient has sporadic tooth loss. Partials also include special dental clasps, which hook around adjacent teeth for additional stability.
To explore your teeth replacement options, schedule a visit at our Riverview practice. Call us today at (813) 630-4079.
Like full dentures, partials typically need to be replaced every seven to 10 years. During your routine dental examinations, we will assess your appliance to ensure it’s still in good condition.
Treatment Process for Traditional Dentures
Though every patient is unique, there are a few general steps to denture treatment, which we will outline below:
- Impressions: First, we need to take impressions of your gums or any remaining teeth. These will be used to create a model of your oral anatomy.
- Fabrication: The models are then sent to a lab, where a skilled technician creates your custom dentures using high-quality dental materials.
- Fitting: Once your appliance is complete, we will schedule you for another office visit. During this appointment, Dr. Pojtek assesses the fit and appearance of your new denture.
- Adjustments: To ensure a proper bite and jaw alignment, Dr. Pojtek makes any necessary final adjustments. As your tissues become accustomed to your new denture, it is not uncommon to require multiple adjustments over the first few weeks.
Patients who desire maximum stability can opt for implant-supported dentures. Instead of relying on the gums for support, these appliances are attached to dental implants, which are inserted into the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure. Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over conventional prostheses. First, they reduce shifting and slipping for a more comfortable fit. Secondly, optimal security makes implant-supported dentures look and feel more natural. Thirdly, implant-supported restorations stimulate nerves within the jaw. As a result, there is a reduced risk for bone atrophy in the future.
Exploring Candidacy for Implant-supported Dentures
To qualify for implant-supported dentures, patients must have sufficient bone volume and density. If significant jawbone degradation has occurred, we may be able to increase your eligibility with a bone grafting procedure.
Additionally, eligible patients must be free from gum disease, tooth decay, and other complex dental issues. They should also have a complete understanding of the treatment process and be committed to regular dental visits and good oral hygiene practices.
Because dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, candidates should be in good general health. Dr. Pojtek will review your medical history with you in detail to ensure there are no conditions that could hinder the success of treatment.
Learn More about Full and Partial Dentures at Everhart Dental
If tooth loss has a negative impact on your quality of life, schedule a visit at our Riverview, FL practice today. To reach a team member, call (813) 630-4079 or contact us online anytime.