A denture is a custom made prosthetic device that is used to replace missing or damaged teeth and can either be fixed or removable. If you have lost all or most of an entire arch of teeth from gum disease, tooth decay or trauma to the mouth, you will most likely have them replaced with a denture.
No one needs to go through life missing most or all of their teeth. If you have an entire row of teeth is missing, your face will eventually appear sunken in, adding years to your appearance. Replacing the missing teeth or arch of teeth will actually fill out the shape of your face, giving you a more balanced and normal appearance. Having a denture placed with allow you to smile, eat, and speak again with greater confidence and comfort.
Dentures have long been the most highly recommended option for the replacement of a full top or bottom arch of teeth. Traditionally, they have been removable for daily cleaning and maintenance but the development of dental implants has provided the ability to permanently secure your dentures with many added benefits for oral health and quality of life.
Learn more about dental implants:
- Dental implants vs. dentures
- Cost of dental implants
- Benefits of dental implants
Bella Smiles in Riverhead, Roslyn and Nesconset offers natural-looking cosmetic dentures that can be removable or secured with dental implants using the All-On-4 implant procedure. There are generally two types of dentures:
- Full dentures: used to replace a full top or bottom arch of teeth
- Partial dentures: similar to a dental bridge, used to replace several consecutive missing teeth
Types of Dentures
Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth. Although dentures have long been a removable appliance, today’s patients can enjoy the benefits of fixed dentures including a secure smile, a varied diet, and normal speech. Dr. Pop will work with you to determine the best option for your overall health and cosmetic concerns.
Partial Denture: Similar to a dental bridge, a partial can be used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. They can be fixed or permanently secured with dental implants.
Full Dentures: Full Dentures are used to replace the entire upper or lower arch of teeth, or both arches. Although removable dentures have come a long way and offer beautiful results with quality materials, Dr. Pop will recommend choosing implants for the most stable, healthy result.
Implant Dentures: All-on-4 dental implants, sometimes called denture implants, permanently attach dentures to the jaw using strategically placed dental implants. Dental implant secured dentures provide the highest rate of patient satisfaction.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Secured Dentures?
Dr. Pop can place dental implants to permanently secure your new cosmetic denture or partial denture for superior results when compared to traditional dentures. This is accomplished with a procedure known as All-on-4® and provides several key benefits for both overall health and lifestyle:
- Reduce bone loss and shrinkage in the jaw
- No slipping or fear of teeth falling out
- Enables a healthy, varied diet
- Normal speech for confidence in social settings
- No need for the use of daily adhesives
Choosing the Right Denture: About the Process
To determine which type of denture is right for your smile, you will need to undergo a consultation with one of our dentists. During your consultation, we will assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure. Today’s cosmetic dentures offer beautiful results for patients missing a full arch or all of their teeth. Our dentists are experienced cosmetic and restorative dentists who work with patients to achieve a result that meets their needs and their aesthetic goals.
In many cases, patients will need to have an adequate amount of stable, healthy bone structure in order to receive dental implants. However, we can discuss your options during your visit. We offer the All-On-Four procedure as a solution for edentulous patients with compromised bone tissue who are seeking an implant secured denture.
If you are receiving an implant secured denture, the dental implants are placed surgically and need 3-6 months time to heal completely. During the healing process, we may place a temporary denture to protect the gum tissue. Once your implants heal, we will take impressions of your teeth to fabricate a custom-designed denture that will be permanently attached. We perform all phases of the dental implant procedure in the house, from surgical to the final restoration.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are missing teeth and would like to explore your tooth replacement options, visit Nesconset Dental Associates. Our team can work with you to determine if traditional dentures or implant secured dentures are right for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Nesconset restorative dentists. To schedule an appointment, call631-228-8780 (Nesconset Office) or 631-574-3898 (Riverhead Office) or 516-217-6668 (Roslyn Office) or request an appointment online.