If you need to replace several or even an entire row of teeth, then dentures can be an excellent choice. The question is what kind of denture is right for you? There are full and partial dentures, removable dentures and implant-retained dentures. Depending on your specific circumstances—including your lifestyle and your budget—Dr. Nawrocki will be able to recommend the best denture for you. The important thing is not to delay replacement. Missing teeth can lead to a number of other dental and oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even additional missing teeth. Tooth loss may even impact your overall health by putting you at risk for malnutrition. Speak to Cocoa Beach dentist Dr. Nawrocki today about the dentures that are right for you and your smile!
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, Dr. Nawrocki will recommend either a full or partial denture. As the name suggests, a full denture is designed to replace all of the teeth along the upper or lower arch. These are carefully planned with the aid of x-rays, impressions and photographs as well as measurements of your mouth. With this information, Dr. Nawrocki can create the best fitting and most natural looking prosthetic.
Each full denture consists of false teeth mounted on a base that is shaped and colored to look like your natural gum tissue. Suction, pressure and the muscles in your cheeks and tongue all combine to hold the denture in place. Many patients find, however, that denture adhesive gives additional security.
A partial denture is designed to fit among remaining teeth. One or more false teeth are attached to a metal frame and base. Brackets or clips that slip into place over healthy adjacent teeth hold the false teeth in place where you have gaps in your smile.
Both full and partial dentures must be removed daily for cleaning. Use a soft denture brush and a designated denture cleaner—ordinary oral hygiene supplies are too abrasive for the surfaces of your dentures. Store your prosthetic in water or a cleaning solution when you sleep.
For the ultimate in comfort, security and esthetic value, there are implant-supported dentures. These combine the natural appearance of false teeth and an acrylic base with the security of dental implants. As a Diplomate of the Americana Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Nawrocki will be able to handle the entire process of restoring your smile with implant-retained dentures. He will place the implants and design your dentures, as well. The finished result will have functional and attractive teeth that remain securely in your mouth thanks to the strong bond between the implants and your jawbone.