Partial and full dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth, including all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw together with the surrounding tissue. These removable dental appliances are made to closely resemble your natural teeth, and can be used to restore your beautiful smile.
Partial dentures allow you to fill spaces in your mouth when you lose one or more teeth in an arch and have some natural teeth remaining. These dentures rely on the support of the other teeth in the jaw and the healthy ridge of the gum and underlying hard tissue. The treatment helps to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting, which can affect your bite.
Full or complete dentures are recommended for patients who are missing all their teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional dentures – Made after all the teeth have been extracted and the soft tissues have healed. Placement usually occurs 4 – 6 weeks after teeth removal, within which time the patient will be toothless.
- Immediate dentures – These are made in advance – before extraction – so they can be placed immediately after tooth removal. Their placement allows you to enjoy some kind of normalcy as the gums heal, but the fit needs to be adjusted after the tissues have healed.
Maxillary (upper) full dentures are held in place by the suction forces between the denture and the underlying gum of the roof of the mouth (palate).
Who is the right candidate for dentures?
Partial and full dentures help to enhance the smile, facial features, and chewing and speech ability for patients who’re missing multiple teeth in an arch. Compared to other treatments that require teeth to be prepared, cut down, or shaped, dentures can be placed and removed freely, including every night for cleaning and to allow your gums to breathe. They are ideal for patients looking for a non-invasive teeth replacement option.