Dentures & PartialsAn Overview
For patients missing a full arch or all of their teeth, partial dentures and dentures have been the traditional treatment for the restoration of function and aesthetics. Dr. Sousa places cosmetic dentures and partials to restore your smile using high-quality materials and a comprehensive treatment planning approach. This is to ensure that your new smile will feel as good as it looks and lasts a lifetime.
There are two basic types of dentures:
- Removable dentures: Custom dentures that can be taken out daily and placed using an adhesive product. These require daily cleaning and often become uncomfortable as the gums and jawline changes and the fit deteriorates.
- Fixed dentures: also known as implant dentures, a fixed denture provides the most natural result with oral health benefits.
Dr. Sousa will recommend the placement of implant-secured dentures for patients who are candidates due to the high level of satisfaction among current patients and the dental health benefits they afford.
Benefits of Implant Secured Dentures:
- Improved bite function
- No slippage
- Prevents bone retention
- Prevents facial sagging due to missing teeth
- Increased gum health
- Helps prevent gum recession
Dentures & Partials What to Expect
Replacing missing teeth with a denture or partial denture begins with a consultation. Dr. Sousa will evaluate all aspects of your dental health and appearance to determine the most suitable option for restoring function. He will discuss your unique concerns and aesthetic goals before making his recommendations so that the end result meets your needs and expectations.
At East Hills Dental we apply the same the smile design principles to dentures that we use for all of our cosmetic dentistry patients. This is possible with our in-house laboratory facility and Dr. Sousa’s experience in both the dental and laboratory aspects of denture fabrication. Your new cosmetic dentures will be custom designed to fit your perfect smile.
“I believe that when we design dentures we can create beautiful smiles that not only look totally natural but by correcting the vertical and supporting your facial structures we can rejuvenate your entire look.” Dr. Sousa
The first step in this multi-step process is to take dental impressions for creating a wax mock-up for you to preview. Dr. Sousa will utilize digital photography to enhance the treatment planning process and offer patients a view of their future smile. The goal is to place a final dental restoration that complements your natural aesthetics, supports long term dental health and gives you back your quality of life.
There are several ways to secure a cosmetic denture with implants, depending on the condition of your dental health and jaw bone. Dr. Sousa will strategically place the appropriate number posts for securing your denture after careful treatment planning. A period of several months is necessary between the surgical procedure and the placement of the final restoration. This allows for the process of osseointegration to occur and the soft tissues to heal. A temporary denture is typically placed so you can get used to the fit and feel of your new smile.
A new set of impressions will be taken before the fabrication of your final denture. This is to allow for changes that may have occurred in the shape of the gums during the healing phase and while the temporary was in place. Once ready, your new smile will be permanently secured to the implants for a stable, natural looking result.