Dentures and Partial Dentures
Periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, we can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, dentists can now make them appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient. Dr. Kravitiz guarantees the best fit, no metal, porcelain teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial.
- Complete dentures cover the patient’s entire jaw.
- Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth.
To know which type is best for you, be sure to ask your dentist.
It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.
Invisible Partial Dentures
Numerous advances in modern dentistry have made it easier to protect and preserve our teeth. Despite this, it is still common to lose a tooth or teeth as we age. We are pleased to have innovative techniques at our fingertips to help patients address the varying degrees of tooth loss that may occur. For example, a dental implant and ceramic crown can fill in space between two teeth when one tooth is lost. All-on-Four implant treatment can restore function and appearance to a full arch. Somewhere in between the two, we’ve got invisible partial dentures.
What is an invisible partial denture?
Invisible partial dentures were developed over time as the strong desire for natural appearance became more evident. As implied, an invisible partial denture is intended to disappear in the mouth; to look no different than natural teeth would. In our Miami and Pembroke Pines offices, we achieve this using the Valplast® model. Like traditional removable partial dentures, Valplast® invisible partial dentures meet fundamental requirements including stability, functional support, and retention. Furthermore, though, these dentures satisfy that need for a natural appearance.
What is the treatment process to get an invisible partial denture?
A few appointments are needed to fully restore function and appearance after tooth loss. The process includes:
- Impressions are taken to make molds of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. NO DRILLING IS REQUIRED.
- A bite impression is formed in a wax platform to measure where the partial denture needs to sit in the mouth. The bite impression ensures comfort when chewing with the denture.
- Try-in. The initial try-in is done with the wax base. The purpose of this step is to confirm the suitability of arrangement, size, and color for the final partial denture. With confirmation, we then send the final prescription to the lab.
- Denture delivery. When the Valplast denture is delivered to the office, we set it in place and demonstrate how you can insert, remove, and care for your new denture.
- Follow-up. It is important to assess the fit and feel of your new denture after you have had a chance to use it. We may schedule a follow-up review after several weeks. If needed, adjustments can be made at this time.
Does an invisible partial denture require special care?
Good oral hygiene is essential after the insertion of a removable partial denture. In addition to brushing and flossing natural teeth, the denture will need a bit of care. This may include:
- Regular denture cleaning using approved denture cleaner. Valplast makes a cleanser specifically for their dentures.
- Cleaning the denture is as easy as soaking in Val-Clean® Concentrated Denture Cleaner for 10 to 15 minutes each day.
Learn more about invisible partial dentures and how this treatment can preserve your smile. Call our Miami or Pembroke Pines office for a convenient appointment.