Posts for: June, 2016
If you are missing most or all your teeth, your are probably familiar with dentures. However, dentures come in many shapes and sizes, making it difficult to determine which style is best for you. Luckily, finding the best denture for you and your condition is easier with ever. Find out more with help from your Washington, DC dentist Dr. Ralph Mazzuca.
Which type of denture is right for me?
Determining which kind of denture is best for you may seem like a daunting task. This choice becomes easy with Dr. Mazzuca’s expertise. The main kinds of dentures include:
- Full Dentures: For patients who have lost all their teeth, hope may seem lost. Luckily, full dentures replace the entire arch of teeth in one fell swoop. Patients missing all the teeth on both arches require a set of full dentures.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures use any remaining healthy teeth to secure the denture itself into place. The healthy teeth fit through the denture, both anchoring it into the mouth and helping the natural teeth stay in their places.
- Immediate Dentures: Some patients require extractions of their remaining natural teeth before they can wear dentures. In this case, immediate dentures, which are designed in a dental lab based on a mold of the mouth pre-extraction, allow the patient to walk out of their extraction appointment with a new smile instead of waiting. Additionally, immediate dentures act as a kind of band-aid for the newly extracted teeth, helping protect the remaining gum tissue during the healing process.
- All-on-4 Dentures: This tooth replacement option uses dental implant technology to secure a set of permanent dentures into the mouth. This option requires enough remaining bone volume for successful implantation of the implant’s fixture and may not be for everyone. Consult with your dentist to determine if dental implants are right for you.
For more information on denture options and which style is right for you, please contact Ralph T. Mazzuca, D.D.S. in Washington, DC. Call (202) 537-1088 to schedule your appointment for a consultation for dentures today!