When a person has missing teeth, they can use a cost effective removable prosthetic device called a denture. Dentures are classified as either “full” or “partial” depending on how many teeth they are replacing. Full dentures take the place of all teeth. Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing but need to be replaced.
“Full” dentures will use a plastic base called acrylic that is the same color as the natural gums. The upper denture will cover the roof of your mouth and is retained predominantly by suction. The lower dentures are similar but are designed in a U-shape to accommodate for the tongue. They are expertly designed and fabricated in a laboratory from impressions that are taken of your mouth. As it is imperative to ensure a customized fit of your dentures, you will likely see your dentist over 4-5 appointments to complete the necessary treatment.
“Partial” dentures will use an acrylic and metal base/framework and are designed to attach to your remaining natural teeth. As it is imperative to ensure a customized fit of your dentures, you will likely see your dentist over 4-5 appointments to complete the necessary treatment.
Stabilization of Dentures with Implants
If you prefer to have a more fixed solution for your dentures, you can opt for an implant supported denture which uses a series of dental implants for stability. This often allows for more comfortable speech and chewing ability.