If you are missing any teeth, dentures can restore your smile. By filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss and giving you a full set of teeth, dentures also restore biting and chewing functions so you can eat your favorite foods again. Whether you are only missing a few teeth or an entire row, different types of dentures are available to meet your needs. Dr.’s Mark and Lea Bram, the experienced dentists at Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, can recommend the right type of denture for you.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits to restoring your smile with dentures. One exciting benefit is that dentures help minimize or reverse some of the side effects associated with tooth loss. For example, without enough teeth to support the muscles in the face, drooping and sagging can occur. Dentures fill in the gaps where teeth are missing and provide additional support for facial muscles, which can reduce sagging and restore the natural shape of the face. Some of the many benefits of dentures include:
- Filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss
- Providing support for facial muscles
- Minimize facial sagging and drooping
- Restoring biting and chewing functions
- Reducing excess strain on natural teeth
- Improving speech affected by gaps in the smile
Types of Dentures
There are two main categories of dentures, partial and full. Within each category are additional types of dentures. One of the skilled dentists at our office in Plainview, NY, can match you with the right denture for your needs.
Full dentures, sometimes also referred to as complete, are needed when there are no natural teeth left along an arch. This type is used when all the teeth along either the top or bottom row need to be replaced. The two types of full dentures include immediate and conventional.
Immediate full dentures can be worn right away, even if you’ve just had your remaining teeth extracted. However, the dentist will likely need to make adjustments after your gums have healed from the extraction procedure to ensure the dentures continue to fit properly. Some patients only wear immediate full dentures temporarily while waiting for more permanent ones.
Conventional full dentures are custom made and are meant to be worn long-term. They cannot be worn immediately after an extraction, but only after the gums have completely healed. This type of denture conforms to the mouth over time so they provide the best possible fit.
Partial dentures are an option for patients who still have some natural teeth that are healthy and do not need to be extracted. Partial dentures just fill in the gaps where teeth are missing, similar to a dental bridge. The different types of partial dentures are transitional and removable. Transitional partial dentures can be worn as soon as they are ready, even if teeth have just been extracted. Removable partial dentures are custom made and cannot be worn until the gums have healed from extraction.
Dentures are an effective solution to tooth loss. Dr.s’ Mark or Lea Bram can recommend the right type of denture for your needs. To schedule an appointment with one of our exceptional dentists, call Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, at (516) 681-3322.