Dentures and partial dentures are removable missing teeth replacement options that can be placed in and taken back out at will.
At Stony Brook Family Dentistry, we fabricate both types of dentures to serve our patients with all types of different denture needs.
Full dentures are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth, and there are different types of full dentures that a patient may opt for. Both types are completely removable and replaceable, but they do have distinct advantages of their own. The two types of dentures we work with here at Stony Brook are:
- Immediate Full Dentures
Immediate full dentures are dentures placed in to the mouth as soon as teeth are extracted, and the process for fitting these types of dentures begins before the teeth are ever removed. Prior to extraction, measurements are taken of the mouth to ensure the dentures can be fitted and placed for straight away use, and this allows you to spend no time without your teeth. The disadvantage to immediate full dentures, however, is that they will require additional visits for re-fittings as the jaw bone will slightly change shape once the extractions heal.
- Conventional Full Dentures
With conventional full dentures, the tissue and jaw is given time to heal after all teeth have been extracted. This process can take as long as a few months to ensure the healing process has been completed in its entirety, and this may cause you to have to go some time without your teeth. The benefit of conventional full dentures, however, is that the dentures are more likely to fit properly for a longer period of time, as you’ve allowed the jaw to heal and change before getting fitted.
Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth require removal, and these work similarly to a bridge but with the ability to be removable. Using other teeth as an anchor, your partial dentures will be able to fill the gap caused by missing teeth, and allow you an aesthetically pleasing solution as well as the ability to chew properly.
No matter the type of dentures you opt for, or the type you need, eating and speaking with dentures will take some getting used to. While the dentures may look natural, they will not feel so at first. After the course of a short period of time, and with regular use, your mouth will train itself to be able to speak, eat, and smile normally while wearing your dentures, and you’ll be left with a missing tooth solution with all the function of your natural teeth.
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