Dentures


Dentures are used to replace missing teeth and are removable from the mouth which is useful for cleaning purposes. Full dentures are fitted to the gums when there are no teeth present. Partial dentures can be fitted to restore spaces when there are still some teeth remaining. They can be made from acrylic, which rely mainly on gum support, or cobalt chromium, which also uses the remaining teeth for support.

While dentures are not always the best option to replace missing teeth, sometimes they are the only option available. There are different types of dentures available to you, depending on the state of your existing teeth and jawbone. Complete dentures can be made to replace all the teeth. Partial dentures are made to replace a few or several teeth. And some dentures can be anchored by implants to increase stability, biting pressure and function. The most important thing with dentures is that they are properly-made, comfortable and effective.

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Types of Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures

A Fixed Implant Denture – this is the most tried and trusted method of replacing all, or the majority, of the teeth in a jaw. This type of denture is not removed by the patient (although it can be removed by the dentist as needed). It is screwed into the implants that support it. It works best in the lower jaw due to its design which must allow space under the appliance for cleaning. Dental research has shown that this type of appliance is very long lasting and has a high degree of acceptance from patients.

Overdentures

An overdenture is a special type of removable denture. It can replace all of the teeth (“full” or “complete” overdenture), or some of the teeth (“partial” over denture).¬†An implant overdenture fits over your own remaining natural teeth roots or dental implants that have been installed by your oral surgeon or other dental specialist. The retained root or implant provides you with excellent stability and support for your denture implants.

Removable Partial Dentures

When you are missing several teeth, one of the most efficient and economical ways of replacing the missing teeth is with a removable partial denture. There are different types of removable partial dentures. Partial dentures made with special attachments can provide excellent stability and hold the denture firmly in place without placing undue stress on the teeth that support the denture. In addition, there are no wires that can be seen.