Dentures, both full dentures and partial dentures, are traditional forms of tooth replacement and are removable. Non-removable tooth replacement options, such as dental implants are, in many cases, an alternative to dentures and may merit discussion with your dentist.
Regardless of the form, replacement teeth provide many benefits including improved appearance, speech and ability to chew food.
A full denture (complete denture) is used to replace all of the teeth in a single arch or jaw (upper jaw – maxillary arch) or (lower jaw – mandibular arch). Partial dentures are used when a patient is missing some, rather than all teeth in a single arch. Where full dentures rest on the gums and are secured by either adhesive or in some instances dental implants, partial dentures, which are also removable, can be held in place by a crown, implants or adjacent teeth.
Both procedures, full dentures and partials, require multiple appointments, usually twenty to thirty minutes each, and take approximately two to six weeks for completion.
The best form of tooth replacement in a particular circumstance is dictated by many factors, including cost. Eventually dentures need to be relined, fitted or in some instances replaced. Dr. Caputo encourages anyone contemplating new dentures or replacements to discuss with him at the time of their examination the various options available. The following chart illustrates what options may be available.
Replacement of Missing Teeth • Overview
It is important that you, as the patient, have a basic understanding of the treatment options available to you from your dentist. To aid you in this area the chart below outlines the fundamental choices you and your dentist are likely to discuss, the preferred treatment being determined by individual diagnosis and the patient’s particular circumstances.
Personal Care Plan
If you wish to undertake a course of treatment, both new and existing patients can avail themselves of Dr. Caputo’s “Special Offer” of $96 for a Comprehensive Examination and Consultation. The examination includes a series of five (5) x-rays, facial photographs, and an examination by and consultation with Dr. Caputo. See offer details.
Well over 90% of Dr. Caputo’s patients have developed personal care plans.
Dr. Caputo and his staff are generally able to schedule appointments, whether an initial visit or follow up appointment, within a very short time