Whether from disease, malnutrition, genetic disorders or an accident, it is occasionally necessary for patients to have some or all their upper and lower teeth extracted. While this can be upsetting news, partial or full dentures can be fabricated to restore an attractive smile, provide needed support for normal facial contours, and reestablish a highly functional occlusion.
A denture consists of natural looking artificial teeth set in a supportive base. It may be fabricated to replace either a small group of teeth, an entire upper arch, an entire lower arch, or used to restore both dental arches.
A complete denture refers to the replacement of all the teeth in a dental arch. It can be inserted the day teeth are removed and help with healing.We do a two-step denture process in our office.A healing type denture is fabricated prior to the teeth being extracted.This denture is placed the day the teeth are removed. The denture is adjusted along the way as the patient heals.Once optimal healing has occurred a final denture is fabricated that will fit well long-term.This process has many advantages.The healing denture gives the patient teeth while they heal and it can serve as a back if there is ever an issue with the permanent denture.
In situations where some sturdy teeth remain, partial dentures can be fabricated. Partial dentures can achieve adequate retention and stability by having clasps on the teeth surrounding the edentulous areas.
In some cases, added stability for the dentures can be provided by strategically placed implants.