Partial dentures are used when you’ve lost some teeth in an arch, but not all the teeth in that arch. The typical partial denture consists of one or more false teeth attached to a plastic base that uses metal clasps and hooks to secure itself to your natural teeth for support.
Partials can be used in either the upper or lower arch, and we can often add additional teeth to the same denture if you lose additional teeth.
Full dentures are used when you have lost all the teeth in either your upper arch or lower arch. These include false teeth set in a base that looks like your natural gums. The teeth can be made of the same plastic as the base or they can be made of a ceramic material to make them look more natural.
Problems with Dentures
Because dentures have been around so long, we have a very good idea what your experience will be like. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. Although they do provide a reasonable replacement for your teeth, people often complain about:
- Loose fit or slipping
- Discomfort from extended wear
- Gum sores
- Unattractive appearance
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Cleaning difficulty
- Poor chewing function
As a general rule, these and other minor irritations are just to be expected as part of wearing traditional dentures, but there are ways that we can improve your denture experience.
Dental implants allow us to secure your dentures. They can either be removable and retained or supported by dental implants. Either way, they will now stay in place and can have a much higher chewing efficiency than in the past.
Implant dentures can be made using many different approaches. If your main concern is that they stay in, we can secure them with as few as two dental implants. We may even be able to adapt your current dentures. This is an inexpensive and relatively quick fix for your implant dentures. If you want greater strength in your bite, we can employ more implants to give you a bite that is about as strong as with your natural teeth. This requires more implants and usually means you will need new dentures designed to sustain the bite force.
We will talk to you about your implant denture options so you can find the best ones for you.
Upgrading Your Dentures
New You Dentures use advancements in our understanding of your bite to ensure the best possible fit. They fit so well, in fact, that they don’t just fit your mouth, they fit your entire face. When you lose teeth, you lose the bone that supported those teeth. At best, traditional dentures only try to replace those teeth. But New You Dentures are designed to replace both the teeth and the bones. As a result, the wrinkling and sunken face that we associate with traditional dentures, is reduced or eliminated. Your face is restored.
New You Dentures are designed using neuromuscular dentistry principles to ensure they reproduce your natural bite. This leads to improved comfort and improved function. We even verify the balance of your new bite using T-Scan digital bite measurement, which measures the forces all along your dentures in real time to ensure there are no painful pressure points.
New You Dentures also utilize the most modern materials available. The teeth are made of advanced ceramics, similar to the ceramics used for porcelain veneers, all-ceramic dental crowns, and other cosmetic restorations.
New You Dentures also make great implant dentures. The neuromuscular fitting technique helps ensure that they don’t suffer from excessive bite force, and the quality materials mean that they can provide natural, effective chewing.
If you are looking to replace missing teeth, please call 201-439-8665 or email the River Edge Dental Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry to learn which options are right for you.
Before and After Denture Photos