At American Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in New Port Richey, FL, Dr. Ahmed Mostafa provides dentures for patients experiencing tooth loss. Dentures can be life-changing for patients missing teeth, but they are a commitment to wear and care for. If you have missing teeth, dentures or partial dentures could be the solution for you. Read about the types of dentures available and come see us if you are missing teeth.
Complete or full dentures provide a full set of teeth made of ceramic crowns, attached to a plastic tray that fits over the gums. You can have a full set of dentures on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Natural suction around the gums and adhesive if needed holds the denture in place. These are a great option because they can be worn immediately after the removal of teeth with no healing period.
Full dentures can also be implant-supported. Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone and the jaw bone heals around the implant for a period of weeks, giving it strength. The dentures fit securely over the implants. Implant-supported dentures are more stable, so many patients find this a comfortable and convenient option.
Transitional partial dentures are a temporary option to wear while your mouth is healing. They are removable and relatively inexpensive. These are usually worn after tooth extraction.
Removable partial dentures are made to replace missing teeth and hold space around the remaining teeth so that they don't shift in the mouth. They look like partial dentures with a wire base, making for a comfortable fit.
The third type of dentures available at our office is snap-on dentures, also known as overdentures. These dentures stay in place by attaching to your remaining natural teeth or to dental implants. Extensions from your implants will keep these dentures in their correct spot at all times. Snap-on dentures are great for patients who don't want to worry about jaw bone loss from missing teeth or dentures slipping out of place.
Caring for dentures
Whichever type of denture is the best solution for you, it will be important to care for your dentures. Dentures are removable for easy cleaning and they should be brushed every day, and soaked every night. Handle your dentures with care- drops are the number one cause of cracks and breaks! Your denture will require some maintenance in an adjustment
If you are missing teeth, Dr. Ahmed Mostafa of American Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can tell you if dentures will be the right solution for you. Contact us for an appointment in New Port Richey, FL, at (727) 645-6999.