Miami Beach Dental Center
333 Arthur Godfrey Road, Suite 818, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Everyone would like to keep all of their natural teeth, but the reality is that tooth loss happens. The good news is that whether you lose some or all of your teeth, you can keep smiling in comfort and style with affordable quality dentures.
Dentures renew your smile by supplying you with replacement teeth that look just like natural ones. These imitation teeth and gums are made from an acrylic resin or porcelain and metal. When you wear dentures, you’ll not only look better, but you’ll be able to chew food properly and pronounce words clearly.
When you think of dentures, a full set of top and bottom replacement teeth might come to mind. However, there is a lot of variation in styles to suit a broad spectrum of needs. Listed below are several of the options available for affordable quality dentures.
A patient who is missing a full arch of teeth, or both arches, is a candidate for a complete denture. A complete denture consists of a full set of artificial teeth that are attached to a base and custom-made to fit your mouth. A traditional complete denture is held in place naturally with suction and the support of the muscles in and around your mouth.
A partial denture is a removable dental prosthesis that is anchored onto some of your remaining teeth. You must have some natural teeth in place that are strong and healthy enough for the partial denture to hold on to. In some cases, your dentist might place crowns to help strengthen your supporting natural teeth so that they can accept a partial.
With a flexible partial denture, your dental device will adapt and bend to the constant movement of your mouth. Compared to a traditional partial denture, a flexible dental appliance is lightweight, sleek and virtually invisible. Since it doesn’t have any telltale metal clasps, a flexible partial blends visually with your gum tissue.
An implant-supported denture is a favorite option for the lower jaw because there’s less surface area available on the lower jaw. Less surface area means that there is less opportunity to create suction to hold a denture securely. An implant-supported denture snaps into place on a secure foundation of dental implants.
All-on-4® dentures use a collection of four dental implants to hold a full denture in place permanently. This innovative treatment gives patients the benefits of dental implants without the multiple surgeries they would require for a traditional full-mouth restoration with implants. This type of denture is sometimes referred to as a hybrid denture.
The steps involved in getting a denture are customized to your unique situation. The basics that apply to most patients are that you visit our office for a consultation and X-rays. A dentist will discuss your options with you and help you make a denture selection. Measurements and molds of your teeth and gums will be taken so that your new denture will fit snugly in place. Once your denture has been fabricated, a dentist will see you for a fitting and will adjust your denture for optimal comfort and function.
Each patient’s dentures cost will vary, depending on what type of denture they’re getting and how much prep work their teeth and gums require. A traditional denture typically costs less than an implant-supported denture since less surgery is needed. If you’d like an estimate of how much your denture treatment will cost, please contact us for a consultation.
A comfortable fit is crucial for denture wearers. Over time, your jawbone and gums may shrink, causing your denture to shift or press on your gum. It’s a good idea to have your denture relined if you notice any changes in comfort. A soft denture reline can have your denture fitting snugly again with a flexible material that is gentle on your gums.
If you’re missing teeth, don’t let it negatively affect your quality of life. Call our dental office today to schedule a consultation.