Fixed Full Dentures
Prosthodontists use fixed dentures (prosthesis devices)to restore natural looking teeth. Fixed dentures attach permanently to the dental implants. Patients with no teeth benefit from fixed full dentures, otherwise prosthodontists may opt for less invasive solutions. The dental implants support the dental bridge.
If one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw, restoration dentists often utilize partial dentures. A partial denture is a removable bridge that consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Metal framework connects to the base and holds the denture in place. After placing the denture, restoration dentists cement it into place, filling in the spaces left by missing teeth. This discourages movement from the remaining teeth. Another option is the removable precision partial denture. This denture has internal attachments that clasp to adjacent crowns. This option looks more natural.
Complete dentures, also known as “conventional” or “immediate” dentures, are made after the teeth have been removed completely from the mouth and the gum tissue is healing. This type of denture is ready to be placed in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth have been removed. Even though the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, bones and gums shrink over time. Therefore, additional adjustments may be required in order for the dentures to properly fit. Immediate dentures should be a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Using your mouth as a model, your dentist will take an accurate impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth in order to correctly shape immediate dentures. This will help to establish a correct bite that best resembles your original bite. During this process, we will also help you select the shape and color of the denture teeth and gums before sending them to the dental laboratory.
At your next visit, Dr. Affleck will adjust your bite with the immediate dentures and test your speech ability. We will also check to make sure the appearance and functionality of the dentures and your gums are correct as well. Your dentures may be sent back to the dental laboratory for revisions, but this repetition is necessary to get you the best possible dentures.
Once the immediate dentures have been properly fitted, and the appearance is satisfactory, the denture will be sent back to the laboratory for final fabrication. During your next visit to the clinic, your remaining teeth will be removed and the denture will be fitted. Sometimes this process can be completed during one visit and other times it may take several depending on the number of teeth remaining to be extracted, the shape they are in, your jaw shape, and your current health condition.
AvaDent™ Dentures are new and innovative. They present a revolutionary way to prepare new dentures. Technicians use digital and CAD/CAM technology to create dentures that are highly compressed and pre-shrunk so that the dentures are an exact fit. Now patients are able to have new dentures in just 2 appointments, rather than the traditional 5 visits to the dentist. Due to the material AvaDent™ dentures are less porous, your new dentures are more resistant to bacteria reducing sore spots and “denture breath.” Your new dentures are bonded into your teeth offering the convenience and protection of a permanent digital record. AvaDent™ Digital Dentures – For a Smile That’s Virtually You!
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