Full & Partial Dentures
Natural tooth loss is caused by physical injury, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene. If you suffer from these issues, Drs. Mogelof are happy to bring back your “pearly whites”! With advanced technology and surgical research, tooth replacements look more natural than ever before.
A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
There are complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are constructed when all the teeth are missing from the upper or lower arch and supported only by the gum tissue, while partial dentures replace several, but not all, missing teeth from a given arch. Partials are removable and latch onto your existing, natural teeth. A consultation with one of our doctors will help you decide which solution is applicable to your case.
Dentures & Dental Implants
Your present dentures or your new dentures can be made even more comfortable and give you more confidence with dental implants . These are called OVERDENTURES. Patients who have struggled with a lower denture can actually snap it onto dental implants thereby making the denture stable and eating pleasant again!! A patient who has an upper denture may use the same method to make it so stable that the middle of the palate can be removed making it more comfortable and allowing better taste. Our patients tell us that it is the best money spent and the most amazing service they have ever had!!!
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in the following ways:
- A conventional denture is made after all the teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed.
- An immediate denture is made before the remaining teeth have been removed and it is inserted at the same time the teeth are removed and the base is relined with a soft material to act as a cushion over the tissue. This usually requires the denture being relined several times as the tissue heals.
- An upper denture covers the entire palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is U shaped (horseshoe) to allow the tongue room to function.
- Teeth on a denture are usually either acrylic or porcelain.
- With use, dentures wear and so do the teeth on the denture. Therefore, over time the base of the denture needs to be relined with a fresh layer of acrylic as the bone changes to keep it stable.
- Sometimes the denture teeth will wear to the point that patients complain they cannot chew their foods as efficiently as they did in the past. It may be necessary to place new teeth on the denture. Drs. Mogelof will evaluate your dentures at regular intervals and tell you if you do need correction of the fit or the teeth on the denture.
- We also recommend yearly checkups to monitor tissue health and make sure there are no suspicious ” lumps or bumps”.