Partials and dentures are removable prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth. We offer both complete and partial dentures at Broadway and Sunrise Mall Dental Centers. Complete dentures in Hicksville and Massapequa are used to restore an entire mouthful of teeth. Partial dentures can be worn when there are remaining natural teeth.
Complete or full dentures are either conventional or immediate. A conventional denture is crafted after the teeth are removed, and the healing phase is completed. As a result, this type of dental prosthetic can be placed about 8 to 12 weeks after tooth extraction.
On the other hand, immediate dentures in Hicksville and/or Massapequa can be made in advance. As a result, the patient does not have to be toothless during the healing period. The problem with this denture is that the bones and soft tissues shrink while healing. Therefore, an immediate denture must be adjusted repeatedly to ensure a proper fit. For that reason, immediate dentures should only be used as a temporary fill-in until the conventional denture can be placed.
A partial denture or dental bridge usually involves one or more prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. This plastic base may be connected by a metal framework that keeps the partial securely in place. Your dentist in Hicksville and/or Massapequa may recommend a partial if you have one or more existing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge in Hicksville and/or Massapequa is used to replace missing teeth with dental crowns that act as anchors for each replacement tooth. A partial serves the same purpose, but the denture is removable. It also has inside attachments instead of clasps that are attached to the adjacent crowns. As a result, a partial denture is a more natural-looking tooth replacement solution. It not only fills in the spaces left by tooth loss; it also prevents the nearby teeth from shifting out of place.
To learn more about tooth replacement options at Broadway and Sunrise Mall Dental Centers, call our Hicksville and/or Massapequa practice today.