When you lose all or most of your teeth, a denture may be a good restoration option to re-establish the functionality of your teeth and improve your oral health. Dentures are precisely fabricated to fit over your gums and support chewing and biting functions. There are different types of dentures available which help us recreate a healthy smile for you. Come visit our dentist at Hamden and express your concerns. Dr. Kaplan can help you towards achieving good oral health. Our team has successfully restored lost teeth in many patients from Hamden, North Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford CT and surrounding communities.The healthy smiles in our patient community stand as a testimony to our efforts and dedication.
Teeth loss – Cause and Concerns
There are many reasons for teeth loss. Gum diseases, trauma and teeth decay are some of the most notable ones. When a tooth is lost the chewing efficiency reduces. When there are many teeth missing, there is bone resorption and the patient may lose confidence to eat hard food items. This can lead to an imbalance in nutritional intake. There are other health issues linked to teeth loss. A dental restoration not only allows patients to eat their favorite food but also maintains their facial structure.
Dentures – Types
Dentures can be classified based on their design. There are partial dentures, full dentures, implant retained dentures and conventional dentures. Each of these has different qualities.
Partial dentures replace a few teeth missing in a row. They are removable and can be supported by surrounding teeth.
Full dentures are designed to replace all the teeth in a dental arch. The denture is made of porcelain and acrylic materials. It can be supported by dental implants or the gums itself.
As the name suggests, implant-retained dentures are supported by dental implants. Our dentist strategically places two to four implants in a dental arch and fixes the denture to them using bar or ball mechanism.
A conventional denture is bonded over the gums of the patient using adhesives. This type of denture is not very convenient to use since it may tend to slip in the patient’s mouth.
Dentures – The Restoration Process
The restoration process depends on the type of denture chosen. Dr. Kaplan firstly performs a thorough check of the teeth if there are any remaining. Teeth extraction may have to be performed if the teeth are in bad condition. After the extraction process, the gums are left to heal and recede for few weeks. Impressions of the gums are taken to create a temporary denture that will be used by the patient until the next visit. During the next visit, we take impressions of the gums once again to get the final denture fabricated at the lab. The restoration is attached to the gums using appropriate bonding agents.