When we focus on our dental health, most of us do so with one goal in mind – keeping our own teeth and keeping them healthy. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, past injuries, trauma, or care issues can lead to tooth loss.
It’s a devastating reality and, if it’s happened to you, the chances are that you want to know what exactly you can do about it. And, that’s where dentures come in. Far from the dreaded solution that they used to be, dentures now save the smiles of around 41 million Americans. That’s a significant number, and it’s no surprise considering that the range of modern dentures provide many benefits, such as:
Dr. Elena C. Puig has extensive experience both in correcting damaged smiles or creating new ones. She’s treated a wide range of patients from our Orlando office and is on hand to help you towards a denture solution that sees you smiling again. But, you don’t need to take our word for it. Let’s consider your options, and what they could do for your dental health in general.
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Far from the one-size adhesive and ill-fitting dentures of old, there are now different types of dentures to suit your needs. Dr Puig has experience in the full spectrum of denture solutions, and she’s on hand to help with options that include:
Full dentures are probably what most of us think of when we consider the term dentures and are used in cases where a full arch of teeth is missing. In this instance, Dr Puig may advise that the best course of action is to remove any remaining teeth and, effectively, start from scratch.
Though this may seem daunting, many patients find that it’s the best way to a smile worth showing off thanks to custom-made full rows of teeth on a realistic gum-colored base. What’s more, there are various full denture options depending on your requirements, such as:
These types of dentures can be fastened either through natural suction or adhesive denture cream depending on your preference, and will typically need relining every year or two.
If you’ve acted fast after losing just one or two teeth, then Dr. Puig may instead recommend partial dentures, which fill gaps without requiring tooth removal. This less obtrusive solution is ideal if you’re looking or a quick smile fix, and will still look incredibly natural. In this instance, Dr. Puig will fit the individual dentures to your remaining teeth using small metal clasps, or, if you prefer metal-free solutions, using flexible partial dentures from Valplast.
Whether you’re seeking full or partial dentures, Dr. Puig also offers implant-supported dentures. In this instance, small titanium fixtures are used in place of the roots from your missing teeth, and dentures are then fixed in place for secure solutions that won’t require the relining of traditional options.
We’re proud to offer this modern solution here at Dynamic Smile Design, and already have many happy patients thanks to a range of benefits including:
Those may be your options, but what exactly does the denture process look like? You’re certainly in safe hands with Dr. Puig, who has over twenty years of experience in the field to put you at ease from the moment you step inside our office.
In the vast majority of cases, patients seeking dentures require several appointments, during which Dr. Puig will take the time to discover precisely which denture option would offer the best solution for you through a range of techniques including:
The length of time that this takes will very much depend on the types of dentures you’ve specifically chosen, but rest assured that Dr Puig will work closely with you to help you understand potential timelines, and to make the process as easy as possible at every stage.
Whether you opt for immediate full dentures or not, natural changes in our gums over time mean that the vast majority of dentures need relining after around two years. No matter how long it’s been since your fitting, it’s vital to contact Dr. Puig the moment you notice a loosening or shifting in your dentures. In this instance, there are a range of options that she may suggest, such as:
Whether you’re interested in dental implants or simply want to hear a little more about your options, our team is here to advise you on precisely what dentures have to offer. Dr. Puig has helped countless patients towards the ideal dental solutions.