Dentures and hybrid dentures restore a patient's missing teeth.
There are two types of dentures, regular dentures and hybrid dentures (which use implants as anchor points).
Both these dentures are a type of dental prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are custom-made to fit the individual's mouth and provide support for the cheeks and lips. The support they provide is essential to proper mastication, a more youthful appearance, and the patient's quality of life. Dentures can be full or partial, depending on the extent of tooth loss.
Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures are usually attached to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or other connectors.
Dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including acrylic resin, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The process of getting dentures or hybrid dentures typically involves several appointments with a dentist in Miami. During the first appointment, the dentist will assess the patient's oral health and determine if they are a candidate for regular dentures or for hybrid dentures. If the patient is a candidate for hybrid dentures, the best dentist for implants will work with them to create an appropriate treatment plan that includes the placement of dental implants. At Sandy Dental, our dentist, Dr. Jorge F. Borges, has decades of experience placing implants and creating dentures. In fact, before obtaining his US doctorate at NOVA University in South Florida, Dr. Borges was a prosthodontist (a type of dentist with a specialty in restorative procedures) in his country of origin.
The next step after placing implants in preparation for a hybrid denture is waiting 3-6 months for the implants to heal. Once the dental implants have properly healed, the hybrid denture can be attached.
Whether the patient is getting fitted for a regular denture or a hybrid denture, the process is quite similar at this stage. The first step is to take scans or impressions of the patient's mouth and make models of the teeth and gums. At Sandy Dental, we use an iTero scanner to digitally scan the patient’s mouth, which is more comfortable for the patient. The dentures are then fabricated in a dental laboratory using these scans or impressions.
Once the dentures are complete, the patient will return to the dentist for a fitting. The dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the dentures feel comfortable and natural. Patients may experience some soreness or discomfort in the first few weeks after getting dentures, but this is normal and should subside with time.
Proper care and maintenance are important for keeping dentures clean and in good condition, especially if there are implants or natural teeth present. Patients should brush their regular dentures daily and soak them in a denture cleaning solution overnight. Hybrid dentures, however, are not removed daily for cleaning as they can only be removed at a dental office. This is one of their chief advantages over regular dentures, as by being fixed in place they provide patients with a sturdier and more natural set of teeth.
Regular dental check-ups are important to ensure that the dentures are fitting properly and to address any problems that may arise, such as decay of natural teeth or bone loss surrounding implants.
Here at Sandy Dental we recognize that finding affordable dentures and implants in Miami can be difficult and the cost of treatment can be a burden to many patients. As such, we offer financing options to help patients restore their smiles. To learn more about our financing plans, please click here.
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