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Full and Partial Dentures

General Dental Services

Full Dentures

A denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.  Most denturesare made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.

An upper denture is acrylic and usually flesh colored that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).

A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

Partial Dentures

When you are missing several teeth but not all of them, removable partial dentures are one option for replacing them.

The best way to replace multiple teeth is with dental implants. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, and they are also more expensive. Removable partial dentures do an adequate job of restoring your appearance and function.

The traditional partial is made on a metal framework, with metal clasps. This makes a relatively strong and secure teeth replacement.

The metal clasps, which are required to retain the denture, can cause some embarrassment if they are visible. They also attract plaque, so keeping your teeth clean requires extra effort.

Newer materials can provide a more esthetic result. Here is an example of a flexible Valplast partial denture. The clasps can be made pink to match the gums, or translucent. Thus, they will blend in with the teeth and be much less conspicuous.

They still have the disadvantage, though, of complicating your efforts to keep your teeth clean.

Schedule your appointment on the form to your right to find out more about Full or Partial Dentures and how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915