Completely Restore a Missing Smile with Dentures
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a set of lifelike dentures is one of the most reliable, immediate options available for restoring your smile. Dentures consist of artificial teeth set into an acrylic base, that is in turn colored to blend in with the gums.
At Malki Dental in River Edge, NJ, we offer both traditional and implant-supported options for patients with extensive tooth loss. Dr. Stephen J. Malki understands the stress and discomfort associated with losing your teeth. He not only designs natural-looking dentures, but can also place dental implants at his office for streamlined care.
The Benefits of Dentures
Tooth loss affects both the function and appearance of your smile. Dentures can combat these effects, from improving your speech and ability to eat to giving you more confidence in your smile. Furthermore, for patients on a budget, traditional dentures are often the least expensive solution for addressing tooth loss. With proper care, your dentures may last 10 years or more.
Choosing the Right Option for You
During your initial consultation with Dr. Malki, he will conduct an full evaluation of your oral health and may also recommend x-rays or a cone beam CT scan to examine the underlying structures of your smile. When deciding between dentures, it is important to keep several factors in mind, including the extent of your tooth loss, the overall cost of treatment, and your lifestyle. Dr. Malki can explain the benefits of each option and recommend the one best suited to you. There are a few different types of dentures, including:
A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Where an upper denture covers the roof of your mouth and teeth, the lower one is shaped to cover just the teeth.
A partial denture consists of an acrylic , gum-colored base, artificial teeth, and metal hooks to hold the appliance in place. Partials are a removable alternative to bridges and work well for patients whose missing teeth are not next to one another.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are prosthetic teeth that are permanently affixed to dental implants. The implants are surgically placed in the jawbone in strategic locations, and the dentures attach to the implants with a ball-and-socket connector. They can replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both.
The implants also replace the missing tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss. The dentures that attach to the implants restore full form and function to your smile. Implant-supported dentures also require far less maintenance than removable dentures. Rather than removing your dentures, brushing them, and soaking them overnight, you simply brush and floss as you would your regular teeth. While traditional dentures use suction and dental adhesive to remain in place, implant-supported dentures connect directly to the implants for superior stability. Because they are permanently affixed to the implants, they will never slip out of place, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with utmost confidence in your restoration.
Receiving Your Dentures
The process for traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures varies significantly:
Traditional Denture Process
If you decide to proceed with traditional dentures, we will take digital impressions of your smile and send the information to our trusted dental lab. During the time it takes to fabricate the dentures, we can provide you with a temporary set. Once they are complete, Dr. Malki can make adjustments so your final restoration to ensure they fit comfortably.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, there is no need to suffer with the inconvenience of tooth loss.
Implant-Supported Dentures Treatment
With standard dental implants, Dr. Malki must place up to six implants in the upper or lower jaw to support a full denture. Implant posts are titanium posts that look like small screws. Dr. Malki surgically places these screws into the jawbone through small incisions made in your gums. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Malki will close the incisions with small dissolvable stitches.
Recovery takes approximately three to six months. During this time, your jawbone fuses with the implant, which creates the permanent and stable foundation needed to support your dentures. Once you have healed, Dr. Malki can attach your permanent dentures.
Dental implants provide patients with the most secure foundation available in modern dentistry.
Some patients may not require as many as six dental implants and can instead achieve their goals with only four implant posts. In some cases, your current dentures can be worn while you heal from dental implant surgery. If, however, Dr. Malki determines that your current denture is unsuitable or will hinder the healing process, he may be able to provide a temporary restoration for you to wear for a couple of weeks until he determines that you can wear your dentures.
Discuss Your Options with a Professional
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, there is no need to suffer with the inconvenience of tooth loss. Contact our office online or call (201) 646-0800 to learn more about how a set of lifelike dentures from Dr. Malki can improve the function and appearance of your smile.