Full and Partial Dentures
Through careful planning and good records, beautiful dentures that function and provide a youthful smile are possible.
Dentures: A Definition
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin, which at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support.
There are two main types of dentures: Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures. Both Complete and Partial Dentures are finely crafted and custom fitted. Properly maintained dentures appear natural and can provide a perfect smile.
Additionally, dentures help to strengthen muscles controlling the facial expressions that require the support of your teeth. Wearing a denture can also rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth. Dentures aid in chewing.
Complete Dentures replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends upon muscle, bones, tongue and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after all of the sites where their teeth were pulled have healed.
Immediate Dentures are placed all at once following tooth removal and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.
Overdentures are a type of conventional denture that is similar to complete dentures. The difference is that not all the teeth are extracted. One or more natural teeth and/or dental implants are used to support the denture. Overdentures provides greater stabilization during chewing. Overdentures cost more and typically require more preparation and more appointments to complete the procedure.
Partial Dentures are designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal or plastic attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures can also help prevent the loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.
If you are missing teeth and are interested in dentures we can provide you with the information you need. We will use our expertise and thoughtful planning to guide you into a sound and youthful smile.