Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. When all teeth on an upper or lower arch are missing, a full denture can be used to replace them. Partial dentures are used when many, but not all, teeth are missing on an arch.
Full dentures, sometimes also known as complete dentures, are made when all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. Most full dentures are made with an acrylic base that is custom-fitted and fabricated in a dental laboratory; this base is made to look like natural gums because it sits just over them to hold your artificial teeth in place.
Partial dentures are either attached to crowns on teeth adjacent to the denture or to a metal framework that is clipped onto the teeth on both sides of the denture. The difference between a partial denture and a bridge is that a partial denture is meant to be removed, while a bridge is permanent.
Implant-supported dentures are becoming an increasingly popular option in recent years, as they provide a stable base of support for full and partial dentures. Because the dentures are attached to your implants, there is no need for denture adhesives, something that many patients appreciate.
Choosing a prosthodontist to provide you with dentures ensures that they’ll be carefully designed to appear as natural as possible. Dr. Valente is skilled in customizing the arrangement of the teeth on dentures and shading the gums in a realistic manner that avoids the typical “cookie-cutter” look of cheap dentures.