When the decision is made to fit a patient for dentures, a variety of factors must be considered. These include the number of healthy teeth that remain securely fixed and the condition of underlying bone within the jaw. Each case is considered on an individual basis. Knowing your choices before you come in to have work done will help you through the process.
Partial Dentures: Fixed Or Precision
A partial denture can be a removable replacement for both missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. Fixed partial dentures are mechanically attached to the surrounding teeth. With the introduction of implants, more dentures are being permanently placed within the mouth. This procedure works well when some permanent teeth remain and there is sufficient bone material to attach a metal implant.
Precision partial dentures involve the replacement of one or more teeth using metal clasps to secure the denture within your mouth. They can be manufactured with extremely high tolerance to create a comfortable fit. In all cases, the overall health within your mouth is evaluated before making a decision.
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthetic that is securely attached to teeth on either side. In many cases, teeth will need to be capped and filed to create a good fit. A drawback to this approach can be subsequent periodontal problems so excellent tooth care regimens must be in place.
Complete Dentures: Immediate And Conventional
When teeth have advanced decay, complete removal of the remaining teeth must be considered. This is a multi-step process. The first step is complete tooth extraction with a period of healing. A set of immediate dentures is created while the jaw line adjusts to the change. Once healing is complete, a set of conventional dentures is designed after accurate measurements have been made.
For more information about dentures, denture repairs and relines you can contact us at either one of our two Long Island offices. In Franklin Square is Island Dental Associates (516) 565-6565, and in Syosset is Shine Dental Associates (516) 348-8500. Each of our offices is fully equipped to handle all of you needs when it comes to repairing, relining and/or fabricating your dentures.