When teeth are missing, whether it is a few or all, there are options for replacing them. Partial dentures, when a few teeth are missing, or full dentures, when all teeth are missing, are an option to consider to replace the most teeth economically.

Partial Dentures

Partial Denture replaces missing teeth using a framework with teeth attached. It keeps existing teeth from shifting, allows for better chewing, and eliminates gaps in the smile. The framework is either made from metal, or from a type of plastic. There are clasps that snap around existing teeth to add stability and hold the partial in place. The teeth are very natural looking and are made to match existing tooth color. Impressions are taken of your existing teeth, and sent to the lab where they make a custom framework,  set the teeth and finish the partial. This process takes several visits, but helps ensure the best fit and most satisfactory result. It is sometimes necessary to have adjustments made after wearing the new partial to get the most comfortable fit, and only take a few minutes at the office.

Full Denture

A full denture is used when all teeth are lost in an arch of the mouth. They are made of a type of plastic, with teeth that are natural looking in shape and color. The denture is held in by being made to closely fit the shape of the gums and palate on the top, and gums and ridge on the bottom. Denture pastes, powder, or pads are sometimes needed to help hold the dentures in place. Implants can also be placed to offer a secure fit, and many existing dentures can be retrofitted to accept implants. Having dentures made takes several appointments to make sure that the best fit possible is accomplished, and that the most natural appearance is achieved. It is sometimes necessary to have small adjustments made to keep the denture comfortable, and the dentures will need periodic relining by the lab to keep them fitting well as your gums change over time.