Dental Care for the Whole Family

Partial and Full Dentures

An important part of maintaining a healthy smile is making sure to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. If teeth are absent it can alter the arrangement of the remaining teeth, they can shift into the surrounding empty space. Teeth that shift location can severely complicate the oral tissues. Thorough cleaning between crooked teeth can be tricky, growing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease and in turn, leading to the loss of further teeth.

A denture can aid in the suitable chewing of food, which can be difficult if you have missing teeth. A denture may also stop drooping of the face by providing foundation for the lips and cheeks and in certain cases improve speech.

A removable partial denture, also called a removable bridge, can fill the gap left by missing teeth and improve your smile. A partial denture can be made of acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of the two.

If every tooth of the upper or lower are absent then a complete or full denture can be implemented, there two types, “conventional” or “immediate”. With conventional dentures, once all of the teeth are extracted, the gums are allowed to heal for four to eight weeks before the denture is positioned. Conventional dentures are also sometimes used to substitute old or existing dentures. Immediate dentures are fitted instantaneously after the teeth have been extracted. The down side to immediate dentures is that additional adjustments cannot be made to the devise after the mouth has healed.