About Removable Partial Dentures
A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth. You may consider a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth, if:
- the remaining teeth are not suitable to support a fixed bridge
- there is not sufficient bone for implants
- periodontal disease is present
- finances are limited
Partial dentures are composed of three different materials. A cast metal base with clasps, pink acrylic gum tissue, and lifelike artificial teeth. The metal clasps are absolutely necessary to hold the partial in place and, depending on the individual circumstances, may or may not be visible when you talk or smile. Their location and design are dictated by the shape and position of your remaining teeth and which missing teeth will be replaced. Your doctor will show you where the clasps will attach. Most of the time, the amount of preparation (drilling) of your natural teeth needed to ensure successful clasp design is minimal. There is often no need for a local anesthetic injection. This is unlike fixed bridgework, which always requires significant tooth reduction for proper design and fit.
A removable partial is bulkier than a bridge and may be difficult to wear initially. You may have to adjust the way you posture your mouth or speak to accommodate this extra bulk which may result in a lisp that is slightly evident when you’re talking with others. Most people acclimate to their new appliance within about a week or so.
You may think that creating comfortable, well-fitting dentures that are aesthetically pleasing is easy, but it actually takes a combination of great skill and communication between your dentist and an experienced dental laboratory technician. Constructing natural, stunning dentures that deliver comfort and function is one of the most difficult tasks in dentistry. It’s not just about replacing missing teeth; it’s also compensating for bone loss and, very often, sunken facial profiles which can prematurely age a patient up to ten years. Careful, calculated consideration of each individual’s anatomy is essential for outstanding results to be gained in this delicate area.
You can look 10 years younger, eat well, and feel great with fabulous, natural looking Lifestyle Dentures that are custom designed and personally hand-crafted for you. Central Dental is proud to offer some of the most up-to-date techniques and materials in an on-site dental laboratory that routinely provides same day service.
When you visit Central Dental, your doctor will evaluate your oral health and determine if you have sufficient bone to retain your dentures. An implant supported denture treatment method may be recommended depending on your individual needs and preferences. This method includes three to four strategically placed dental implants that allow your denture incredible stability.
Implant supported dentures provide the added bonus of promoting bone retention, which allows you to stay healthier and appear youthful longer. You’ve tried the rest…now it’s time to experience the best with Central Dental’s high quality, custom-fabricated Lifestyle Dentures!
As much as we strive to save natural teeth, sometimes the loss of a tooth or several teeth is unavoidable due to injury, infection or decay. Central Dental is proud to offer immediate dentures that can be delivered at the time of your extractions saving you the embarrassment of visibly missing teeth. With careful planning, our on-site laboratory allows us the ability to provide same-day service whenever needed.
There is an approximation of the fit for immediate dentures as the impressions are taken prior to the removal of the teeth. The immediate denture will be inserted the same day the teeth are removed. You won’t be able to determine the comfort of the denture or the feel of the bite at this time as you will be numb and swollen from the procedure and local anesthetic. You should expect several appointments during the healing period as the swelling goes down and the denture base settles. Your bite will change and need to be readjusted. The more teeth removed at the time the immediate denture is delivered, the longer it will take to heal and the more sore spots you will have.
Once the gum tissue has healed and the remaining tissue ridges reach their final shape, approximately three to six months after extraction, the denture base will need a reline. The extra reline material will fill in the space between the denture base and the new position of the soft tissue. The longer you age with no teeth the smaller the bones in the jaw become. The base of your denture does not change along with the jaw changes, so a periodic reline is necessary.
Furthermore, it is possible that after many years of missing teeth, the bone on which the denture sits becomes so small that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a denture to remain properly in place. Dental implants may help retain the denture and prevent further bone loss.
About Full Mouth Restorations
A full mouth restoration, which is also referred to as a full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation, is the process of restoring every tooth in the mouth. The restoration usually involves general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. A full mouth restoration is performed because the treatment is needed to correct dental issues such as infection, decayed, or missing teeth; whereas, a smile makeover includes cosmetic procedures that were desired by patients to enhance their smiles.
A full mouth restoration may be necessary if:
- Most or all of the teeth are missing or broken due to injury or decay.
- Most or all of the teeth are fractured, chipped, or worn due to untreated temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) symptoms or craniofacial pain.
- Most or all of the teeth are significantly deteriorated causing bad breath, missing teeth, and gum disease.
A full mouth restoration usually takes place in carefully planned stages and may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete. Central Dental offers added convenience to patients in need of a full mouth restoration as all the services can be performed in the same location which reduces disruptions to your schedule. Your doctor will recommend procedures for your custom full mouth restoration based upon your individual needs.
Our doctors may recommend some of the following treatments:
- Periodontal Treatment
- Composite Fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Implants
- TMJ Therapy
- Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting
Contact Central Dental
The dentists at Central Dental can recreate whole mouth health, comfort, function, and form through restorative dentistry. Contact us today for an appointment at one of our convenient locations, and you’ll be amazed by what can be accomplished with restorative care from Central Dental.
We invite patients from all over Arkansas and surrounding states to come see us! You can conveniently schedule an appointment online here or by calling our Conway office at (501) 327-6453. We look forward to seeing you!