Dentures & Partials

A denture, also known as a complete denture, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper arch or the lower arch, and provides support for the cheeks and lips. They can be removable or fixed. Most dentures are made of acrylic with the teeth being made of acrylic, porcelain or both. Dependent of the denture type, the acrylic material would cover the roof of your mouth for the upper denture and shaped like a horseshoe for the lower denture.

Advantages of a removable denture are cost, and they offer the ability to be removed at any time. Once teeth are removed, the bone in the area of missing teeth atrophy, or shrink” causing the shape of the jaw to change. Because of the change in anatomy, removable dentures overtime can wear and not fit as well needing to be replaced for proper fit. Proper fit is vital in which improper fit can cause trauma to gum tissue and cause difficulty in speech and chewing.

Fixed dentures are dentures that can only be removed by a dental professional. They offer more stability than removable dentures but there may be additional steps and costs involved. Fixed dentures are held in with dental implants, which are placed in the jaw bone and act like natural teeth. Since implants help in prevent the jaw from atrophy, or shrinkage, the need for replacement dentures is minimal or nonexistent.

Regardless of the option, you will still need to have regular maintenance visits for oral exams to check for disease or trauma, and for maintenance of the appliance to ensure they are working properly for you.









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