In Florida, there isn’t a shortage of hockey fans. With two NHL teams and millions of fans of other teams who have relocated to the Sunshine State, Florida has become a hockey hotbed. After a game on TV, we’ve all seen an interview with a certain player who appears to have a full set of teeth. But then the next time you’re watching a game, the shot of the same player on the bench shows he’s missing a couple of front teeth. And he didn’t just lose them with the last deflected slapshot from Victor Hedman.
Most likely the player has a removable prosthesis.
At Implant Dentistry of Florida, both Dr. Brown and Dr. Vaughn are experts in prosthodontics, so we’re the place to turn when you’re in need of either partial of full dentures.
What types of removable prostheses are there?
Removable partial denture
A removable partial denture offers a cost-effective way to replace teeth utilizing a removable prosthesis. These usually use the surround remaining teeth to anchor the removable partial denture with metal clasps. The patient then clips the partial denture in and out.
Removable full denture
Everyone knows about removable full dentures. They’ve been the fodder for jokes in cartoons and elsewhere, usually when the person has the dentures out or when the dentures become lodged on an apple or something. Truth is, precisely fit modern dentures can return a world of food options, improved speech, and self-confidence to the wearer. Full dentures are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity and rely on a certain amount of suction to lock into place. Full dentures are removed every night for cleaning.
In a perfect world, none of our patients would have removable prostheses. Instead, any missing teeth would be replaced with dental implants. But for many patients, the cost of dental implants precludes this. In these cases, a happy medium comes by using implants to anchor the removable prosthesis. By using from two to four implants to act as anchors for full or partial dentures, the wearer has vastly improved comfort and functionality over conventional removable dentures.
If you’re missing a few teeth, you don’t have to live your life working around the problem. Call the team at Implant Dentistry of Florida, (321) 372-7700 and let’s see if dentures could be the solution you need.