A full denture is a removable appliance replacing all of the natural teeth and the associated tissues and is supported by the gums. A full denture can replace either an upper or lower arch or both arches.
Full dentures can also be retained by implants for better stability and function. We will recommend the option that best meets your particular needs.
A removable partial denture is made to replace one or more missing teeth and is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. Partial dentures are customised to a patient’s specific requirements in order to restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improve the ability to chew and speak clearly.
Partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth and may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.
Partials can be made of different materials including cast metal and acrylic. The cast metal partial is a more rigid and permanent style of denture, offering strength and stability as well as support for the remaining teeth.
Acrylic partials are usually used as a temporary replacement of missing teeth. The number of teeth remaining, the position and the stability of the teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what type of partial denture would be best for you.
To avoid the situation of being without teeth, we often recommend immediate dentures. This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present.
This enables us to fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may wish.
When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture is then inserted. It is always important to follow the postoperative instructions and follow-up appointments are necessary.
During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will probably continue to shrink to some degree; however, the rate of change decreases with time. After the healing process is complete, either a new denture will be made or your denture will be relined to ensure the most comfortable fit possible.