Dentures and Partials
A “full” or “complete” denture is a removable prosthesis designed to replace all of the maxillary or mandibular teeth.
A “partial” denture is a removable prosthesis that attaches to the remaining teeth with clasps or wires.
Full dentures and partials are an easy and economical way to replace many teeth at the same time while enhancing the smile and increasing chewing efficiency.
Typically, the decision to choose a full vs partial denture is made after evaluating the health of the remaining teeth and supporting periodontal tissues.
Generally, it is preferable to retain healthy teeth as a base for a partial denture if possible.
In instances of severe periodontal disease or structural break down of the teeth, it is possible to extract all of the teeth in a given arch and place a full denture at the same appointment so that the patient does not have to go without teeth for any length of time.
Dentures and partials also allow patients to transition to implant retained or supported prostheses gradually, allowing them to complete their treatment plan over several years. This allows patients to afford treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Dentures can wear over time and the supporting bone may resorb or shrink. If you notice that your existing denture doesn’t fit like it once did, contact us for an evaluation. Typically, we can “re-line” your existing denture to extend its life-span and provide a more comfortable and functional fit.