What are my choices for types of Dentures in Naples, FL?

Today’s dentures are no longer one size fits all in terms of how they are designed, their custom appearance, and the type of acylic, elevating dentures to a level that is on par with other cosmetic dentistry restorations.

Dentures are a family of prosthetics that can replace several teeth (partial) or the entire upper and/ or lower arches (complete). Three categories of dentures are offered by Engle Dentistry to ensure anyone with tooth loss can have a restored smile that is affordable and amenable to their lifestyle. Each type of denture has a specific purpose.

Full dentures are the preferred option for patients who have lost all of their teeth or who are suffering from very advanced periodontal disease. This condition can result in teeth loosening from their sockets due to extensive gum and bone tissue damage, which could make dental implants more difficult. Full dentures support your facial contours and helps prevent the natural sinking of your jaw and gums that occurs when teeth are extracted. Dentures rest on top of your gums.

Conventional full dentures can be received immediately after the removal of your teeth. This temporary denture, called an immediate denture, can be placed during this interim period until the permanent full denture is fabricated by the dental lab and the extraction area heals properly.

Partial dentures are an alternative to replace several teeth, typically in an adjacent span. This makes sense when you wish to retain natural teeth to provide support for the denture, and to maintain gum and jawbone health. Partial denture keeps your existing teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned. A partial denture affixes to your adjacent teeth oftentimes using metal clasps and is removable. The anchor teeth may need to be slightly prepared to accept these metal attachments.

With a partial or full denture, the bone underneath continues to slowly recede, so full and partial dentures may need to be refitted/ relined over time. A third option, overdentures, provides a more natural function of your teeth and gums, and can actually help prevent bone resorption.

Overdentures are a revolutionary concept in dentures that gives patients the benefits of the lower costs of dentures with the secure fit of dental implants. An overdenture works by surgically implanting two to six titanium screws into the jawbone (depending on location and arch), which are then topped by one to several partial denture spans that snap into the implant screw heads. Overdentures are a good option if you are concerned with dentures shifting or having to use messy dental adhesives. They are slightly more costly than partial or full dentures, but for many patients, the convenience factor outweighs that aspect. Overdentures are removable and still need to be regularly cleaned along with the protruding implant heads that project out of the gums.

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