Dentures & PartialsAn Overview
Are you looking for replacement teeth, but don’t want dentures? Are your current dentures causing gum pain and discomfort?
Dr. Roham Rafat is a periodontist and perio-prosthodontist near Hunt Valley, MD, specializing in the replacement of missing teeth. We offer several options for modern dentures. Full and partial dentures can be retained by natural teeth or dental implants. New materials and techniques can give you the most comfortable and natural-looking results.
The dawn of the digital age has arrived in dentistry, and Valley Dental Health makes every effort to stay on top of all the latest advances. Today’s dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than their traditional counterparts. Dentures can be made using high quality acrylic or porcelain materials.
One innovation that interests both Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat is digital denture fabrication. Using CAD/CAM technology, it is now possible to fabricate a denture base that adapts much more closely to the patient’s remaining jaw bone than previous techniques. The result is a better fit, better retention, and less food impaction beneath the denture. The digital record that is used to fabricate the patient’s denture is stored electronically and can be used to make a new denture in case of emergency. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat are both trained in fabricating digital dentures using this process.
Dentures & Partials What to Expect
The type of denture you receive will depend on the number and placement of missing teeth you have. It is also dependent on your lifestyle and budget. Dental implant-secured dentures provide added benefits and stability for those who are looking for a more permanent solution.
Full Dentures – Full dentures are used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth. Dentures can be either traditional or retained by implants. As few as two dental implants may be needed to secure the denture in place, greatly increasing the success rate and satisfaction of the restoration.
Implant-secured dentures offer a number of benefits compared to traditional removable dentures, including:
- Better retention, no chance of slippage or fear of teeth falling out
- Improved health of bone and gums
- Ability to eat without restrictions
- No daily use of adhesive is needed
- More natural look and feel
- Support integrity of facial structure
Same-day Dentures – Many patients who need all of their remaining teeth extracted are good candidates for same day dentures. Traditionally, teeth are extracted and the jaw bone is allowed to heal prior to fabrication of a complete denture. With same-day dentures, teeth can be extracted on the same day as the denture delivery, so the patient does not have to go without teeth. This greatly improves function as well as comfort for the patient.
Partial Dentures – Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge in that they replace a series of teeth but not all teeth in the jaw. They basically fill in the blanks in your smile. They are usually retained by natural teeth by using metal clasps. This restoration is removable for cleaning and nightly storage. Dental implants can also be used to increase the stability and retention of a partial denture.