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Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Complete and Partial Dentures

We are experts in the fabrication and fitting of complete or partial dentures. Give us a call at 631-271-2310 to discuss any of your dental needs.

Complete Dentures

  • Full replacement of teeth using acrylic based dentures with custom porcelain or acrylic teeth
  • Relining of existing dentures
  • Hard acrylic reline
  • Soft liners for dentures

 


before: periodontal disease


after extractions and full upper denture

Removable Partial Dentures Replacement of partially missing teeth using one of the following methods:

  1. Vitallium (cast chromium cobalt) metal frameworks using custom porcelain or acrylic teeth [Manufactured by Austenal]
  2. Flexi-plast (flexible plastic) partial dentures which are metal free [Manufactured by Northerm]
  3. CuSil partial dentures with a soft rubber gasket-like material used to retain the denture without metal clasps [Manufactured by PermaSoft]
  4. Equipoise Partials - metal framework partials fabricated without the use of unsightly clasps.


existing lower partial (clasps visible)

Equipoise lower partial with bridge on model


Equipoise lower partial bridge in the mouth--mirror view

 


Completed Upper and Lower Partials

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