Missing one tooth is enough to compromise your oral well-being. When multiple teeth or all the teeth in your mouth have been severely damaged, the long-term consequences for your oral and overall health are much more serious. At 26th Street Dental Center, full and partial dentures provide patients missing most or all of their teeth with a way of replacing teeth and enjoying a fully functional smile.
Why Choose Removable Restorations?
There are several important advantages that accompany removable restorations like dentures and partials. For starters, these full arch restorations can be made and personalized to each patient quickly. If you’re missing teeth, you are likely familiar with how quickly gaps in your smile can compromise your ability to chew, speak, and even smile. When multiple teeth are missing, these symptoms are exacerbated even further. As dentures and partials can be made faster than dental implants can be placed, these removable solutions are an excellent placeholder so that patients are never without teeth.
Dentures and partials are also a cost-effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. While removable restorations do require replacement and refitting every few years, this solution allows patients to replace a large number of missing teeth without having to place unique implants for each missing tooth. However, these solutions can also be adapted to attach to strategically placed dental implants.
Ideal for replacing arches missing all teeth, full dentures are consist of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic base. When used to replace teeth on the upper arch, the acrylic base typically covers the entire palate, creating a snug fit. Lower arch full dentures use a combination of suction and adhesive to securely fit on the alveolar ridge. Having well-fitting dentures is crucial to your comfort. Depending on the condition of your smile and needs, we can make your dentures before your teeth are extracted so that you immediately have a replacement option and are adjusted as your mouth heals or can wait until all swelling has dissipated before taking the impression for your denture.
If you are missing most but not all the teeth in an arch, partials may be a more appropriate solution. Rather than covering the entire arch, partials are made to fill in larger gaps and are supported with metal clasps rather than relying on suction and adhesion for placement. As they are removable, partial dentures are easily cared for and can be used in almost any smile.