A denture is an appliance that replaces all or most of the natural teeth on an arch that have been lost or will be lost. Most dentures are made of acrylic and have flanges on the lip-side; some forms cover the palate with acrylic, depending on the need for support or suction. TM Prosthodontics’ Dr. Tal Morr, a dentist in Miami, FL offers four different denture options to better help patients find what’s best for them.
Conventional dentures: Removable complete dentures replace all of the missing teeth in the arch. When a patient has no teeth in either or both dental arches, then a complete denture is recommended provided there is enough jaw bone left to support the complete denture. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed and stabilized, usually after a few months or so.
Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are used when a number of teeth need to be extracted and the dentures are made ahead of time so the patient “immediately” receives the dentures the day of the extractions. Immediate dentures usually look great because results are instant, but usually have to be remade or relined as healing takes place and the alveolar bone and gum tissue shrinks. Immediate dentures generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Over dentures: Over dentures are implant-supported dentures that are supported and attached to implants in the arches. (A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by the implants.) An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. This kind of denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there.
Partial dentures: A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. The “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
TM Prosthodontics also offers other options such as full mouth dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Tal Morr and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with the best solution to their individual needs. To make an Appointment – Please fill out the quick Appointment form on our Home page – http://www.tmprosthodontics.com/