Perhaps you have lost all, or most of, your natural teeth. In situations such as this, dentures may be an appropriate option for your smile reconstruction process. At Barsky DDS, our denture services can be an effective and dramatic way to restore your smile’s function, appearance, and health.
While smiles are important to an individual’s sense of self confidence, Dentures are also very important by allowing people to chew and enjoy their food. For some patients, dentures may be the best option for repairing or enhancing smiles and teeth.
What are Dentures
Dentures are a replacement for several or all of your teeth that have become broken, damaged, or are missing in your upper or lower arch at one time. Dentures come in a variety of designs and styles, based on your specific smile needs.
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The different denture types include:
- Removable dentures supported by implants: this solution is best for patients who want removable dentures but do not have the necessary bone strength to support the prosthesis. The addition of implants for support may allow some patients to achieve a greater degree of comfort and stabilization.
- Fixed dentures supported by implants (The all-on-4 procedure): All-on-4 is one of the most popular options for fixed dentures. The patient receives as few as 4 dental implants, and then receives fixed and permanent prosthesis supported by the implants. The procedure can be done in a single visit and is one of the most popular denture procedures.
- Removable full dentures: removable full dentures are a good option for patients who are missing all of their teeth and prefer dentures to implants. They are not as comfortable or as effective as dental implants, but this type of prosthesis can be less expensive than other options.
- Removable partial dentures: removable partial dentures are a good option for patients that only need to replace a few missing teeth. Modern materials mean that the dentures can be designed in a way that doesn’t negative affect your smile and provide enhanced comfort and strength.
Who Should Consider Dentures?
Patients that are missing all, most, or some of their teeth are good candidates for dentures. Dentures are designed to be customized to the individual patient, and can be crafted in a way that provides comfort as well as utility.
What are the Benefits of Dentures?
Dentures provide a number of benefits, both when compared to other smile repair and enhancement procedures as well as for the patients themselves. When compared to other procedures, dentures are frequently the less expensive option. This makes them appealing to patients on a budget or who are looking for a temporary solution before they get dental implants. Dentures are also a better option that other procedures for patients who are experiencing certain types of bone loss and do not have the capacity to support other procedures.
Dentures provide patients themselves with a number of benefits as well. Patients have reported feeling better about their smile, as well as experiencing an enhanced feeling of well-being and self confidence that comes with a better smile. Patients have also reported that dentures reduced their pain and discomfort from chewing food, and allowed them to enjoy some of their favorite foods again. Patients have also reported that dentures have resulted in less pain and discomfort in general because of the removal of broken or infected teeth.
What is the Process for getting Dentures?
Every patient has different needs and requirements, and so the denture procedure will be different for each one. However, there are some commonalities that exist across all denture procedures. Once a patient and prosthodontist decide on a course of action, the patient’s mouth is prepared and measured. The dentures are then fabricated to the patient’s specifications in a dental lab, before being installed by the prosthodontist.
Which Type of Denture is Right for You
The type of denture selected between yourself and the doctor will depend on what long-term goals and oral health needs you may have.
1. All on 4 Implant Procedures
One of the most common types of dentures that we provide at Barsky DDS is our permanent All on 4 procedures. With an All on 4 procedure, the doctor can replace all of your upper or lower teeth with a single, fixed prosthesis.
The design of an All on 4 implant denture is slimmer and more natural compared to a removable denture. It is permanently anchored onto just four implants, so that it never slips out of place or causes discomfort.
2. Removable Full Dentures
A full arch removable denture shouldn’t look or feel bulky. The doctor is skilled at creating comfortable dentures that impact the natural beauty of your facial profile.
Conventional removable dentures have an important place in dentistry, but also have several drawbacks:
- Removable dentures can be uncomfortable due to movements and less retention
- Removable dentures can cause further resorption of the jaw bone by placing additional pressure on the remaining bone
- Removable dentures can reduce your ability to eat and enjoy certain foods
3. Implant Supported Overdentures
Perhaps you are drawn to the idea of wearing removable dentures, but lack adequate bone support to keep your prosthesis stable throughout the day. In cases such as this, it can be beneficial to implement dental implants as a way to provide additional stabilization and comfort. Unlike an All on 4 implant procedure, overdentures remain removable. Simply take them out at the end of each day to care for them the way you would a traditional denture.
Implant supported dentures have many advantages:
- They are more comfortable since less movement of the dentures occur due to increased stability
- They allow better biting and chewing capacity
- They allow the jaw bone to be more healthy and intact since implants allow preservation of the remaining bone
4. Removable Partial Dentures
Our removable partial dentures are created from materials that mimic the natural color and shade of your teeth and gums. Treatment choices can include prosthesis that are free of metal clasps or clips that interfere with your smile’s aesthetics. These acrylic materials also provide added flexion, making your partial removable denture more comfortable to wear than conventional treatments.
How are Dentures Maintained?
The maintenance procedure for denture depends on the type of dentures that a patient is receiving. All-on-4 dental implants are cared for the same way that one would care for their natural teeth, by brushing and flossing regularly and having regular checkups with your dentist.
Removable dentures must be cared for differently. Any remaining teeth should still undergo the standard regular cleaning procedures, but the dentures themselves must be removed to be cleaned using special products that are available at many stores.
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When to Consider Getting Dentures
One of the best times to consider getting dentures is when you need to replace all or most of your teeth at one time. The doctor will carefully design your denture to create a smile that is not only functional, but that is also aesthetically pleasing.
With a denture, we can remove any diseased or non-restorable teeth and then replace them all with a single prosthesis. If all of the teeth are missing, the doctor will use a full denture, overdenture, or All on 4 procedure for your smile reconstruction.
If you are able to retain some healthy teeth, a partial denture will be used instead. Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth and clasp into place around your natural ones.
Should I Get Dentures?
If you have lost, broken, or damaged teeth then you might be a candidate for dentures. Patients should take note that there are solutions that offer more durability and comfort for patients than dentures, and dentures might not be the best solution for them. The decision to get dentures should not be taken lightly. It is important to consult a board-certified prosthodontist when deciding if dentures are right for you.
The Advantages of using a Prosthodontist for Dentures
Patients have a choice of oral health professionals when it comes to getting dentures. However, a certified prosthodontist is the best choice for most patients. A certified prosthodontist has an additional three years of specialized training after completing dentistry school.
After those three years they may apply for certification with the American Board of Prosthodontics. The certification process takes an additional two years, during which there is more training and qualification. As a result, a prosthodontist has an additional five years of specialized training beyond that that a normal dentist receives.
The amount of training isn’t the only reason that patients should prefer a certified prosthodontist for their dentures. Prosthodontists are trained to make smiles beautiful as well as healthy. The result is that they are the best choice for ensuring that dentures are not only functionally perfect, but aesthetically pleasing as well.
Your Private Denture Consultation
At Barsky DDS, we understand that addressing complex smile needs with dentures can sometimes feel embarrassing. This is why we provide private consultation suites to sit down with the Doctor to address all of your questions, concerns, and options.
Our goal is to create a care plan that fits your specific needs, concerns, and smile goals. Dr. Barsky takes plenty of time with each person during his or her initial consultation. Our patients truly believe that the services offered at Barsky DDS are unparalleled to other denture providers in the area.
Your personal coordinator will assist you in planning out your treatment visits, as well as what to expect during each phase of treatment. From answering your specific questions, to arranging appointments – we’ll be by your side each and every step of the way.
The Denture Treatment Process at Barsky DDS
Each and every denture services is completed inside of our dental practice. During your treatment, one of our private assistants will be by your side at all times. Our assistants act as your liaison throughout the procedure, as if you were one of our own family members.
At Barsky DDS, our patients know that we’re driven to provide impeccable, private cosmetic dental care. Not only do our services help you to experience a healthier smile, they help you feel better about yourself.
If you’re considering getting dentures, and live in South Florida, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, or the Miami area, contact Dr. Todd Barsky, DDS, FACP, to set up an appointment. He will be able to determine the best procedures for your cosmetic dentistry needs.