Which Denture is Right for You?
- Partial Dentures
- Full Dentures
- Implant Supported Dentures
When a person has lost some but not all of their teeth, a partial
denture may be the desired treatment choice. In this situation,
partial dentures can provide a simple and attractive way to
replace missing teeth.
Partial dentures are created from an impression of your teeth
and gum which ensures a synonymous fit with the rest of your
mouth. These appliances are designed to fill in the empty spaces,
and to ensure an attractive, gap-free smile. Teeth are selected
to match your remaining teeth and complement your individual
appearance. Special care is taken to match the size, shape, and
color to that of your natural teeth. The result is a seamless
replacement that can blend in with your natural teeth.
Retained by small clasps that engage the teeth, the denture
will secure itself in your mouth. In the right situation, if
properly designed and constructed, your partial denture will
be both comfortable to wear and will function in accord with
your remaining natural teeth.
Partial dentures will also help to maintain the spacing of your
natural teeth. When teeth are lost or removed, the remaining
teeth will often shift to eventually fill the gap created by
the lost tooth. This change in teeth spacing can affect the way
you bite. This can lead to numerous problems, such Temporomandibular
Joint (TMJ) problems that could cause headaches, ear aches, clicking
or popping sounds, or even difficulty moving your jaw. Partial
dentures aim to prevent these problems by working to keep your
remaining teeth in their natural position.
When a patient has no teeth, dentures are the first treatment
choice to help restore some of the function and
of your teeth.
These are dentures that rest on top of surgically placed implants.
(Also see IMPLANTS)