Dentures are removable appliances used to replace teeth in a patient’s mouth. They are made to resemble natural teeth, so a full compliment of teeth, and complete smile can be achieved. There are two types of dentures: complete dentures or partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all teeth have been lost for whatever reason. They are custom created to fit the existing tissue and anatomy within a patient’s mouth. Typically made out of acrylic, complete dentures have teeth positioned to function similarly to the natural teeth that they are replacing. Usually, they need to be adjusted to provide an intimate and comfortable fit, so the wearer can speak and eat as naturally as possible. Over time, the tissues and bone will shrink and complete dentures may need to remade or relined to provide a better fit. It is also possible to have dental implants placed in the jaw bone to provide much more stability to a complete denture.
Partial dentures are appliances used to replace teeth when there are still some remaining natural teeth within the jaw. The natural teeth will act as “connectors” which will stabilize the partial denture and provide some retention. Often, partial dentures are good options for patients who have one or more missing teeth in multiple locations. Partial dentures tend to be more tolerable than complete dentures due to the stability provided by the natural teeth.
It may take some time to adjust to both complete and partial dentures. Speaking and eating will feel different, but these regular activities will become easier with practice and time. Our knowledgeable treatment staff is here to provide guidance through this adjustment process.