Redefined Robert Graffeo, DDS
When you’re missing multiple teeth or even all teeth in a given arch, a denture can completely change your life for the better. Dr. Robert Graffeo and Dr. Thomas Tagliani can design a denture using a series of highly detailed, personalized scans that model your mouth exactly. This ensures that you receive a prosthesis that is not only comfortable, but designed to last as long as possible. To get started rebuilding your smile, feel free to give Dentistry Redefined a call to schedule a consultation.
Dentures are considered to be removable replacement teeth that are not only effective at rebuilding smiles, but being affordable. They largely come in two forms: full dentures and partial dentures, each of which have their own pros and cons. While they are typically used to restore all teeth in a given arch, they are also perfect for those who are missing teeth on opposite sides of their mouth.
Full dentures are typically made up of a gum-colored base and a series of ceramic restorations that mimic teeth. Partial dentures are more commonly made from a metal base and meant to fit inside the mouth like a puzzle piece.
The best way to determine the right option for you is to visit our office for an exam. From there, we can confirm if remaining teeth should be extracted to accommodate a new denture or if a partial denture should be used instead. Generally, those who have good oral health should be able to receive a denture sooner, while those with existing tooth decay and gum disease should have it taken care of ahead of time.
Most candidates for dentures are missing too many teeth for a dental bridge to resolve on its own. While those who have missing teeth throughout their mouth may want a partial denture, those who are missing all teeth in either their top or bottom arch would better benefit from a complete denture. Keep in mind that full dentures do rely on the natural shape of the mouth to stay in place (as well as a denture adhesive, at least in the first few weeks of use). Partial dentures are a bit easier to get used to as they remain stable by using metal hooks to wrap around existing teeth.
The better you take care of your denture, the longer it will last. In many cases, patients can get as many as seven years of use out of their denture once created. Of course, you should also commit to the following habits to keep it free of dental plaque. Be sure to: