Full & Partial Dentures
Not having teeth can significantly affect your life. It can change the way you look at yourself and can cause nutritional and functional problems. Missing teeth make it a challenge just to eat the everyday foods you love, and floppy, loose dentures don’t function properly and can hamper your way of life.
Another side effect of losing teeth is the loss of bone and resulting collapse of facial support. In other words, since teeth are now missing, the lips are unsupported and therefore cave in. This results in a collapsed look of the face. Dentures help support facial contours and push the lips and cheeks back to their old position, giving a younger appearance.
At Prestige Dentistry, we understand the frustration people feel with missing teeth and loose dentures. We offer both full and partial dentures that are made to fit and function well.
A full denture is needed when all your teeth are missing on the upper or and lower arch, or when you have an old, loose-fitting denture that is no longer doing its job. This type of denture is made of plastic resin that fits over the bony ridge of your jaw that previously held teeth.
The denture teeth are made to function and look just like your real teeth. Full dentures mainly rely on the suctioning effect of the denture against the bony ridge to stay in place. The upper denture tends to be more stable as the roof of the mouth provides a larger supporting surface area. Lower dentures sometimes need additional support, especially if much of the bone has been lost. Adding implants offers that support and helps stabilize the lower denture.
With partial dentures, your remaining teeth serve as anchors to hold the denture in place. The denture fits around the existing teeth by snapping onto them, and clasps give added retention. This type of denture relies on the stability of the existing teeth, which need to be properly maintained to be a sound support.
Partial dentures can be made to look esthetic, and there are various options available these days. Materials range from a plastic resin on a metal framework, to a hard acrylic material, to a flexible plastic material. Dr. Reena Oza will sit down with you to discuss your individual situation and goals, and help you identify the best type of partial to choose.
An additional option for dentures is implant-supported dentures. This type adds even more retention for a better fitting denture. The implants are titanium screws placed in the bone, and a denture is made to fit over the implants. There is the added stability of the denture as it snaps onto to the implants, and the bone does not dissolve over time as it does with a traditional denture. At your visit, Dr. Oza will determine how many implants are best for a well-fitting denture.
What to Expect with New Dentures
Since they are not exactly like natural teeth, it requires an adjustment period to get comfortable eating and talking with dentures in place. The dentures also settle down onto the bony ridges where the teeth used to sit. The muscles, ligaments, and nerves also need some adjustment time to learn how to function with the new appliances.
Would you like to learn more about dentures? Please call Prestige Dentistry at (225) 673-0445 to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Oza.