Dentures & Partials
Countless people lose teeth as they age, either because of decay, trauma or periodontal disease. When patients lose the majority or all of their teeth, dentists often recommend partial or complete dentures to restore function and create a more natural appearance.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the tissues that once surrounded them. There are two kinds of dentures available: partial and complete. Partial dentures are appropriate for patients who have a few natural teeth remaining, while complete dentures are appropriate for patients who have lost all of their teeth.
Removable partial dentures are usually made up of replacement teeth affixed to a gum-colored or pink plastic base, which is occasionally connected to metal framework that keeps the denture firmly in place within the mouth. A dentist may recommend a partial denture for patients who are missing enough teeth to compromise function, but still have one or more natural remaining in the lower or upper jaw.
In addition to filling in spaces left by missing teeth, a partial denture can support existing teeth and keep them from shifting positions. Depending on their individual situations, some patients also have the option of getting removable precision partial dentures, which have internal attachments instead of clasps, which affix to adjacent crowns to form a bridge.
Complete dentures are appropriate for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Conventional complete dentures are created and placed in the mouth approximately two to three months after any remaining teeth have been removed and gum tissue has fully healed.
On the other hand, immediate dentures are created in advance and can be placed as soon as teeth are removed. This allows the patient to avoid going without teeth during the healing process. Since gums and bones can shrink during the healing process, however, immediate dentures often require more adjustments that conventional dentures. This is a big reason why dentists encourage patients to view immediate dentures as more of a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
What is the difference between complete and partial dentures?
There are both complete and partial removable dentures. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower arch. Partial removable dentures replace some, but not all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch.
What is the process for getting dentures?
If you decide to get complete or partial dentures, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss potential alternatives. He or she may recommend that you attempt to save existing teeth through treatments such as root canal therapy or veneers, which can cover damaged teeth. If a tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend using a bridge or dental implants.
If you and your dentist agree that dentures are a better option for your particular case, impressions will be taken of your teeth and gums. It can then take several appointments to create and fit your new dentures. Adjustments are generally required after that as well, to ensure proper function and maximize comfort.
How Much Will Dentures Cost?
The cost of dentures can vary, depending on your location and specific needs. Your insurance plan may cover a portion of your total costs. Our staff is happy to explain costs, treatment alternatives and payment options, including potential in-house discount plans and financing options for patients who qualify.
How do I Book a Consultation?
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