Dentures & Implant Supported Dentures
Tooth loss occurs for a variety of reasons including periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury. For patients that experience tooth loss, dentures can be the right cosmetic choice to provide the best function, and appearance. Custom dentures provide patients with functionality and natural looking teeth that fit properly and work for active lifestyles.
Full Dentures are composed of false teeth on a plastic base. The base of the dentures is flesh colored to look like your natural gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth, and the lower denture has a horseshoe shape that makes a natural space for the tongue. Full dentures are removable.
There are two types basic types of dentures, and they are custom or immediate. Immediate dentures are made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. This makes it convenient for patients because they are never without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures are refitted several months after they are initially positioned because when natural teeth are removed, and healing takes place, bones and gums shrink. Immediate dentures are used as a temporary solution until conventional dentures are fitted. Conventional or custom dentures are made after teeth have been removed, and the gum tissue is partially healed.
Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, a partial denture or a permanent bridge may be the best solution. Partial dentures are generally used when several of the natural teeth are still left in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures have replacement teeth attached to a gum colored plastic base that rests on a metal framework that holds the denture in place. Partial dentures fill the spaces left by missing teeth, and keep the remaining teeth from shifting position. To make them look more natural and feel more comfortable partial dentures are connected using internal attachments.
Implant Retained Dentures
Today the standard of care is to attach full dentures to implants.