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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures are an option for replacing several missing teeth. Each denture can replace an entire row of teeth or just a partial row if some denturesnatural teeth still remain. There are several different types of dentures and a dentist can recommend an appropriate option based on your needs. A dentist can also help you decide if dentures are the right tooth replacement option for you. Dr. Bruce Schechter is your dentist for dentures and general family dentistry services in Milford, CT.

What is the Difference Between Partial and Full Dentures?

Partial and full dentures are the two primary types of dentures, but there are a few different kinds of each type. The main difference between the two types is that full dentures replace an entire row of teeth, while partial dentures replace just some teeth when there are still natural teeth remaining. Your Milford family dentist can determine which type of dentures you need.

Are There Different Types of Partial Dentures?

Two types of partial dentures include removable and transitional. Both types are used to replace missing teeth in an arch when some natural teeth still remain. Removable partial dentures replace missing teeth long-term, while transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily following the extraction of several teeth in preparation of installing dental implants at a later time.

Are There Different Types of Full Dentures?

Full dentures are also called complete dentures and include immediate and conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are worn temporarily while the gums are healing after extraction of any remaining natural teeth. Once the gums have healed, the immediate dentures are replaced with conventional dentures, which are meant to be worn long-term. Conventional dentures are custom made for each patient for the best possible fit.

What is an Implant-Supported Overdenture?

Implant-supported overdentures are held in place by dental implants, which provide stability and additional support for the dentures. Since the dentures are held securely in place by dental implants, dental adhesives are not needed.

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures offer several benefits. The restore a full smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dentures also restore normal tooth functioning, making it possible for patients to eat many of their favorite foods again. Dentures can also improve speech, which is often adversely affected because the gaps from missing teeth alter tongue placement when speaking. Another benefit of dentures is that they provide support for sagging or droopy facial muscles. By providing additional support, dentures restore the natural contours of the face.

Several different types of dentures are available for restoring your smile and restoring tooth functioning. To find out which type of dentures might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter by calling his Milford family dentistry practice at (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What's the best way to replace missing teeth? It may surprise you to learn that there are many dental prosthetics, or dentures, all custom-denturesdesigned and fitted to restore full oral function and facial appearance If you believe dentures are in your future, or if you need them now, Dr. Bruce Schechter and his staff can help. Practicing skilled and caring family dentistry in the Milford, CT, area, Dr. Schechter can address your tooth replacement needs so you can have a great smile.

Dentures: just what are they?

Simply put, dentures are artificial teeth crafted from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Some dentures have structural elements made of metal, too.

To make either a full or a partial denture, your Milford family dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination, take X-rays and other digital imaging, and make oral impressions. Impressions are three-dimensional imprints which help the dental lab construct your dentures with accurate shape, size, and fit.

Today's dentures are more comfortable, well-fitting, and attractive than ever before. Dentures normalize speech, biting, and facial appearance. Without them, self-confidence and nutrition suffer.

Types of dentures

There are several kinds of dentures. Probably the most common type is the partial denture which replaces one or more missing teeth on either arch. Made of pontics, or artificial teeth, affixed to a metal frame, the partial denture clips to surrounding teeth on either side of the smile gap. Some partials are fully removable while others anchor to the jaw bone with titanium dental implants.

Full dentures are very common, too. Held by the mouth's natural suction, conventional dentures rest on top of the gums. Your dentist may place them immediately after tooth extraction or wait until extraction sites are healed. Immediate dentures give patients a complete smile right away but need relining or replacement as bone and gums shrink over time. Conventional dentures are placed after sutures are removed and gums are fully healed. As with partial dentures, Dr. Schechter may use dental implants to give dentures best oral function and jaw bone density.

Caring for dentures

Continue to see Dr. Schechter every six months for a complete oral exam and cleaning of both your remaining natural teeth and your dentures. Your dentist will ensure your denture continues to fit properly. At home, use a denture cleanser or paste approved by the American Dental Association, and be sure to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and gum tissue to keep them clean, odor-free, and stimulated.

Find out more

For a one-on-one denture consultation with Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT, call the office at (203) 878-1787. We look forward to helping you have a great smile.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about this tooth replacement option and whether it’s right for you.dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Need a way to replace your missing teeth? If so, then you may be considering whether dentures are the right option for you. From the office of our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter, learn more about this common and popular tooth replacement option.

Q. What types of dentures are available?

A. The two most common kinds of dentures are partial and complete. Just as the name suggests, partial dentures are the best option if you are missing teeth but still have some healthy teeth left, while complete dentures are designed to replace all of your missing teeth.

Q. How do dentures stay on?

A. How dentures stay put will depend on the type of dentures our Milford, CT, dentist decides is the best one for you. Partial dentures often contain attachments or clasps that hook around neighboring healthy teeth to hold them in place. Complete dentures are custom-fitted so they sit close to the gums and create natural suction to hold it in place.

Of course, we know that some patients choose to apply denture adhesives to help stabilize and better hold dentures in place, particularly when speaking or chewing food.

Q. Am I a good candidate for dentures?

A. If you are an adult who is looking to replace missing teeth then this dental appliance could be right for you. Even if you are dealing with significant tooth loss you should have enough healthy gum tissue to support your dentures. If you are looking to replace your missing teeth quickly, inexpensively and without surgery then this could be the best option. It’s also important that you are realistic about what this restoration can do for you. While dentures are made to look like real teeth they won’t function as efficiently or as well as natural teeth.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if this is truly the best solution for you? Then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with our Milford, CT, family and cosmetic dental office.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a dental procedure used to replace missing teeth. They are a removable appliance that is made of a strong material that is denturesdurable. Dentures help to improve speech, chewing and provide support for facial muscles. It also improves the appearance of a smile. Your dentist in Milford, Connecticut Dr. Bruce Schechter can evaluate patients to determine whether or not dentures are a viable treatment method.

About Dentures

Complete or full dentures are made when all of the natural teeth are missing. A full denture is worn on both the upper and lower jaw. These conventional or immediate dentures are custom made to each patient’s mouth. They are inserted immediately after the removal of any remaining teeth. Your Milford, Connecticut dentist will take models of the jaws during the preliminary visit.

The benefit of immediate dentures is that the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. Bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the six-month period of healing. When the gums shrink, immediate dentures require relining in order for them to fit properly. Healing can take up to 8 weeks. An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over the remaining natural teeth. These partial dentures are a great solution when several teeth are missing in the mouth.

An impression is made of the patient's jaw with a wax base that is carved out to create the finished denture. A wax try-in is done at the dental office so adjustments can be made before the actual dentures are made. This is important in order to obtain the proper fit and bite. To learn more about dentures from your Milford, Connecticut dentist Dr. Schechter, call 203-878-1787 today.

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.