Dentures (more commonly known as false teeth) are prostheses constructed to replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on attaching to or hold onto other teeth or dental implants.
Dentures require regular professional care. We suggest that all denture patients have their dentures and gum tissue checked on a yearly basis. This assures that any problems are identified and corrected before damage is done to the mouth. Adjustments and relines can be made to dentures: it will keep them working and fitting well longer than if no preventive care is taken.
There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace a few or all-missing teeth:
Removable partial dentures
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch (or jaw). They are typically fabricated with a metal frame that sits/fits onto the natural remaining teeth, although some are made with a more flexible gum-colored acrylic for esthetic reasons. Currently, removable partial dentures are fabricated while a more definitive treatment is accomplished or if no other choice is viable, since there are more contemporary techniques that are quite reliable and provide a closer feeling, look and function to natural teeth.
Complete or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of their teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper jaw) and or mandibular (lower jaw) arch). A conventional complete denture sits on the remaining gums/ridges and should be removed at nighttime so the tissues can rest. In the last decade though, implants have become an integral part of the denture fabrication providing better denture retention, decreasing the size of the prosthesis and improving comfort by decreasing self-awareness. There are multiple ways of using the advantage of implants to replace all missing teeth. Please read the section on implants and give us a call for more details. We are glad to show you how much better it can be!