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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Full and Partial Dentures are removable appliance used to replace missing teeth and tooth structures. There are two types of removable dentures. Full and Partial.

Full or “Complete” Dentures

  • Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth are removed and the tissues are allowed to heal. This is usually several months after teeth are removed.
  • Immediate dentures are made in advance with the dentist and lab “judging” how the tissues will heal and how to align the teeth. Because of this, immediate dentures usually require several adjustments afterwards.
  • Denture success is largely dependent upon the condition of the remaining bone and surrounding structures.
  • Dentures still require maintenance, so it is advisable to visit your dentist routinely.

Partial Dentures

  • Partial dentures are made to replace one or several teeth
  • Teeth are usually attached to a metal or acrylic framework
  • Partial dentures are stabilized by the remaining teeth and surrounding structures.
  • Partial denture success is largely dependent upon the condition of the remaining teeth and surrounding bone and soft tissue.
  • Partials require maintenance, so it is advisable to visit your dentist routinely.

Is there something else that can be done other than dentures?

  • Absolutely!
  • Implants can be placed to support or stabilize a denture or partial.
  • Dental implants are widely becoming a support or an alternative to traditional dentures.