Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

Posts for: April, 2017

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a convenient option for replacing missing teeth. Complete dentures can replace an entire row of teeth along the top or denturesbottom arch of the mouth, while partial dentures are used to replace just a few missing teeth. An experienced family dentist can fit you with the right type of dentures for your needs. In Milford, CT, Dr. Bruce Schechter can help you decide if dentures are right for you.

Types of Dentures

Dentures can be either partial or full. Full dentures are also called complete dentures and are for patients who have no natural teeth left along the top or bottom arches. For patients with some natural teeth remaining, partial dentures can fill in the empty gaps where teeth are missing. It is possible for a patient to have one of each type of denture, such as a partial on top and a full denture along the bottom. Your Milford family dentist can tell you if either type of dentures would work for you.

Both partial and full dentures are removable and there are a few different types of each. Some dentures are set in place with an oral adhesive. Others attach to either natural teeth or dental implants that help hold them in place. For instance, overdentures can be used with patients who still have some remaining natural teeth or even dental implants. The overdenture fits over those teeth or implants, which help anchor it in place. Replacement teeth are positioned along the overdenture to fill in the spaces where teeth are missing.

For full or complete dentures, there are two different types: immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are typically given to patients right away and are not necessarily intended for long-term wear. For patients who have had teeth extracted, the gums need to heal before being fitted for long-term dentures. Immediate dentures allow patients in that situation to still have functioning teeth during the healing period. Patients can then be fitted for conventional dentures once the gums have completely healed, which can take between six and eight weeks.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures can give you a complete smile with no gaps from missing teeth. Dentures can also improve the ability to bite and chew food. In addition to replacing missing teeth and improving tooth functioning, dentures serve several other important functions, as well. Having a full set of teeth improves speech and gives the facial muscles support, which can correct any drooping or sagging previously caused by having missing teeth.

Whether you have just a few missing teeth or no remaining natural teeth, partial or full dentures can complete your smile, restore tooth functioning, and preserve the shape of your face. To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schechter, your Milford, CT, family dentist, by calling (203) 878-1787.