Dentures in New Jersey
Dentures can be fixed or removable, partial or full, and implant supported or not.
A denture replaces multiple missing teeth. Fixed dentures require implants, while removable dentures may or may not rely on implants for attachment.
Tooth loss does not only have an effect on the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also affect your long-term oral health. It is imperative that patients who experience tooth loss seek a long-lasting solution. Dentures are an effective, affordable treatment that can help patients maintain the health and beauty of their smile. Some of the benefits of dentures include:
- Improved Smile
- Prevent changes to the facial structure (cheeks and jawline)
- Prevent jaw pain and conditions such as TMJ
- Reduce pressure on existing teeth
- Prevent existing teeth from shifting
- Ability to eat, drink and speak comfortably
- Enhanced self-esteem
Full Dentures for the Edentulous Patient:
(Missing All Teeth in Either the Upper or Lower Arch)
Traditional dentures are removable, and do not use implants. Traditional dentures include an acrylic base that is custom-made in the dental laboratory to mimic the appearance of natural gums, and this base sits over the gums, holding the denture in place. A complete (full) denture is made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. Denture paste or adhesive is often to used to assist in holding the denture in place. Removable dentures can be removed and cleaned when not being worn.
Partial Dentures for the Patient Missing Multiple Teeth in One Arch:
A traditional partial denture is a removable solution for replacing many teeth in one arch when there are still some natural teeth present. In this case, the acrylic base will also contain some metal attachments that wrap around the existing teeth for added support. Partial dentures can also be attached to crowns on either side of the denture. Removable partial dentures can be removed and cleaned when not being worn.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implants can be used to anchor dentures in place, allowing for a smaller base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use. Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures.
The Dentures Process
Receiving dentures will require several visits to our dental office. During the first appointment, Dr. Champagne will extract any teeth that need to be removed prior to receiving dentures. He will check on the health of the gums and any remaining teeth. Once your gums have healed from tooth extraction or loss, Dr. Champagne will create a mold of the structures of your mouth in order to fit you for your denture. This will be sent to a dental lab where your custom denture will be created.
Once the denture is ready, you can return to Dr. Champagne’s office for a final fitting. Here, he will make any adjustments necessary to make your denture as comfortable as possible. It is recommended that you schedule regular appointments with Dr. Champagne so he can check on your progress after receiving the dentures, and help you continue on your path to positive oral health.