Whether you’re considering getting dentures or already have them, it is likely you have some questions about them. At Prime Dentistry, North-East Philadelphia’s premier denture clinic, our dental team makes sure that your dentures are fabricated with precision to give your smile and confidence an uplift! Learn all about how dentures can improve oral health and which ones will be right for you.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and tissues. These permanent dentures are artificial teeth that enable you to perform normal oral functions like eating, talking, and chewing, all of which would be otherwise difficult to complete. Dentures can be of two major types – full or partial, meaning that they can either replace all missing natural teeth on either the top or bottom of the gum line or contrarily, replace only a few missing teeth.
Regardless of the kind of dentures (full and partial dentures) you may need, our expert dental professionals at Prime Dentistry will custom design dentures that fit your mouth and visually match the rest of your existing teeth and your general appearance.
What are full dentures?
Full dentures, also known as complete-permanent dentures are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth. The artificial teeth are attached to a metal or acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. These complete dentures are fitted over the upper teeth and roof and on the lower teeth placed like a horseshoe. They are conventional types of dentures that can be removed during the night for cleaning.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are often prescribed when you’re missing a few of your teeth and when the surrounding natural teeth are not sturdy enough to support structures such as dental bridges. Since missing teeth can alter the position of other teeth, partial dentures offer brilliant help in overcoming this problem, keeping your smile and dentition intact.
In addition to the acrylic base, most partial dentures also have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth. This makes it easy for the denture to be taken out of your mouth for cleaning or storing as you sleep.
Furthermore, flexible partial dentures are also available today. While traditional dentures are made up of hard, rigid resin acrylic, these flexible partials are made up of special plastic that make them well flexible. They are well-suited to replace a single tooth or a few teeth rather than an entire set of teeth.
Other types of partial dentures include cast-metal partial dentures – a type of removable partial denture that consists of a cast metal framework that contains a set of artificial teeth embedded in acrylic resin.
How are dentures fabricated?
At Prime Dentistry in Philadelphia, we make sure that our patients are treated with the best of the best dental treatment and with the finest of dental materials. As soon as you come in for a dental appointment, a thorough oral examination will be done to identify and determine the right denture treatment for you.
Consequently, after extensive check-ups and X-rays, our professionals will follow these steps to fabricate a stunning full or partial denture for you.
- Step 1:
Our senior dentist will begin by taking impressions of your jaw in order to analyze how well they relate to one another and whether there is enough bone material to support the new dentures.
- Step 2: A wax model is then prepared in order to check the fitting.
- Step 3: The final denture, full or partial denture is then made with the wax model.
- Step 4: You’ll be asked to try the final set of dentures and if any necessary adjustments are to be made, they are done until the next try-in.
You will be asked to take out your dentures at bedtime and to put them back in when you wake up. Typically after the denture has been completed and you’ve been sent off with it, our dental professionals will make follow-up appointments to look for pressure points and sore spots, and to identify if the fit is correct.
We make sure to adjust your full and partial dentures so that they fit comfortably. Visit Prime Dentistry in North-East Philadelphia for a stunning smile makeover with full and partial dentures.