Dentures & Partials
When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option. Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.
A complete denture is a removable prosthesis consisting of white plastic teeth set in a gum colored pink acrylic base. The denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed. A partial denture is also composed of white plastic teeth, pink gum-colored acrylic base, and has either a hard metal framework or metal wires that allow it to snap into place around your remaining teeth.
Reasons for a Full Denture
It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures can impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations and even your self-esteem.
An upper full denture will almost always fit better than a lower full denture. In order to dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, we frequently suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw can help anchor the denture in place and significantly improve comfort, retention, and satisfaction. Sometimes, the implants can even be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years to improve retention of an existing prosthesis.