Dentures (also known as false teeth) are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable; however there are many different denture designs, some of which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, also known as “crown and bridge”, are made from dental crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. Fixed partial dentures or dental bridges are more expensive than removable appliances, but are more stable.
Conversely, complete dentures or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) arch).
You may have experienced or heard of many negative side effects denture wearers encounter such as slipping, soreness, clicking, speech impediment and bone loss. At The Reno Dentist, these can be eliminated through the use of implant-supported dentures. Dental implants can be placed in the jaw bone to act as anchors for the complete or partial dentures. With this secure support, implant-supported dentures can look and function just like natural teeth!
Modern dentures are most often fabricated in a commercial dental laboratory using a combination of a tissue shaded powder acrylic for the tissue shaded aspect, and commercially produced acrylic teeth available in hundreds of shapes and tooth colors. The process of fabricating a denture usually begins with a dental impression of the maxilla or mandible. This impression is used to create a stone model that represents the arch. Processing a denture is usually performed in a lost-wax process, after a curing period, the stone investment is removed, the acrylic is polished, and the denture is complete.
After a gentle examination by Dr. Sykes in our Reno – Spanish Springs – Sparks NV area office, a recommendation will be made as to the best solution to your situation. Whether the treatment is to be for full dentures or partial dentures, Dr. Sykes’ expertise in implant dentistry assures his patients of the best treatment available. Patient care and his patient’s oral health are the prime concerns of Dr. Sykes’ approach to dentistry. Ensuring that the dentures he has prescribed are fitted and comfortable is of the utmost importance, and he spares no effort to make his patients satisfied.
Schedule a visit with us today to determine if dentures or partial dentures are a good solution for you. Give us a call at the phone number above or fill out the form on this page.