Dental Associates of Lodi provides dentures in Lodi, NJ. Call 862-247-8030 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
If you are missing many or all of your teeth, dentures may be the solution. These highly realistic looking replacement teeth may be fixed or removable, implant supported or not, and partial or full. Here are your options.
Full dentures replace all of the teeth on one or both arches. Both upper and lower dentures consist of an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue, with replacement teeth attached. A lower denture rests on the lower gums, while an upper denture has an acrylic palate that uses suction to adhere to the roof of the mouth. This suction makes an upper denture more
stable than a lower.
Full dentures have a tendency to slip and pinch. At one time, the only solution was a denture adhesive. Today, though, just two dental implants per arch allow the dentures to snap into place, adding stability and bite strength and avoiding slippage.
When one or a few teeth are missing, partial dentures may be used as a replacement. A partial denture also has an acrylic base that resembles gum tissue onto which the replacement teeth are attached. However, a partial denture also features clasps or precision attachments that secure it to an existing tooth on one or both sides.
Partial dentures come in three basic designs:
Featuring a stable metal frame and high-quality replacement teeth, cast metal partials are the most widely used. Less expensive variations attach to the neighboring teeth with metal clasps, but precision attachments are far more aesthetic. Durable and strong, cast metal partials can last for many years.
The least expensive and least desirable type of partial denture, an acrylic “flipper” is thick and bulky to minimize the risk of breaking. A flipper uses metal clasps to attach to the natural teeth, which may show when talking or smiling. Generally considered a temporary solution to be worn while a more permanent restoration is crafted, acrylic flippers are sometimes worn successfully for years.
Normally considered a temporary option, flexible partials can sometimes be worn as a long-term solution. Made from thin plastic with tiny, gum colored clasps that fit into the spaces around the teeth, flexible partials are extremely natural looking. Those who are allergic to acrylic or
experience irritation from cast metal or acrylic partials may vastly prefer this option.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement today. Just two implants can support a removable denture, and a handful of implants can support a full arch of fixed replacement teeth. This means that you no longer need a plastic palate over the roof of your mouth, and that slipping and pinching are history. Implant-supported dentures restore more than 90% of your original bite strength, allowing you to eat tough steaks, corn on the cob, and other denture-unfriendly foods. Because fixed implant-supported dentures do not leave your mouth, you can eat, talk, and even brush your teeth like normal.
Call 862-247-8030 to schedule your appointment.