Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
Custom Functional Impressions - We make our dentures by making custom functional impressions. The conventional method of taking an impression is to simply place the tray of impression material over the ridge, allow it to set, and take it out. It is a static impression. While it records the anatomy, it does not record the anatomy IN MOTION. A functional impression is made with diagnostic dentures which you actually wear for a couple of days to record your every muscle movement. The result is a fit which rarely needs any adjustment. Wearing the trial denture also gives you the opportunity to test the 'bite' of the dentures, and the way they look to you and your friends and relatives. You will also be able to evaluate your speech and pronunciation of words and sounds.
- Conventional Full Dentures - These are made when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are constructed. It usually takes a couple of months for the gum tissue to heal completely. Dentures can also be firmly anchored with dental implants.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Immediate dentures are placed the same day as the teeth are extracted. The advantage is that you never have to go without teeth. The disadvantage is that the natural bone resorption process has to take place and immediate dentures get loose in about six months. They then have to be relined.
- Partial dentures are another option when some of your teeth need to be replaced. This is similar to a bridge, but it is removable, whereas a bridge or implant is fixed.
If you think it is time for you to change your old silver fillings to state-of-the-art tooth-colored restorations, call Dr. Mohney today at 305-558-3611. Serving Miami Lakes, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, and Miami.