Full & Partial Dentistry
If you’ve suffered extensive tooth loss, you know the impact it can have on your self-image and confidence, but the effects go deeper. If not addressed, you can develop additional health issues including nutritional deficiencies from avoiding foods that you find you can no longer chew properly.
We understand you may be embarrassed by your tooth loss, but rest assured we know that tooth loss can occur at any age and from a variety of reasons. Lack of previous access to proper dental care, chronic health conditions, treatments for diseases such as cancer or just bad luck when it comes to genetics are just some of the possibil-ities. We are not here to judge but to work with you to restore both the functionality of your teeth and your smile.
Full or partial dentures are a reliable method for treating extensive tooth loss. You should also explore dental implants and fixed bridgework to see if they are potential options for you before making your final decision.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are made from a plastic resin base matching the color of your gums. They asculpted to fit over the bone ridge that held the teeth that are now missing. Prosthetic teeth are then attached to the base that look and function like your natural teeth. The suctioning effect between the dentures and your bone ridges is the primary way in which the dentures remain in place. Because of this, it is essential they are properly fitted to your mouth. Dentures will also provide support for the facial skeleton and soft tissues of the lips and cheeks to restore normal facial contours.
Don’t be worried if your dentures feel a bit odd at first. The muscles and nerves of your mouth need time to adjust to this new device and will soon learn what it takes to function normally again.
What type of Dentures are there?
Dentures which are placed immediately after a tooth extraction are just a temporary measure. Muscular readjustment, natural gum shrinkage and bone loss will take place due to tooth loss and these dentures will gradually loose their fit. Permanent dentures will be created for you when healing is complete so a proper, long-term, close fit can be accomplished. Immediate dentures do provide you with a way to adjust to the feeling of wearing dentures prior to your permanent ones.
Once healing is complete, your permanent dentures can be created. A mold will be made in order for your new dentures to fit your mouth with precision. They will look like natural teeth and function as such.
Dental implants can be used to anchor and sta-bilize both lower or upper dentures. This option can provide additional comfort and functionality at an affordable cost.
Transitional Partial Dentures
These temporary, generally plastic, dentures are needed to retain the proper tooth space when only a portion of your teeth have been removed until your mouth heals. Then your permanent partial dentures can then be made or you can choose dental implants to replace your teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs)
These durable, metal-based, removable partial dentures are significantly lighter than ones made from plastic. More expensive than plastic dentures, they are worth the cost for their more accurate fit.