Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth and are removable (i.e., you take them out to clean them). Depending on how many healthy teeth a patient has left, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed.
- Immediate (Provisional) Dentures - Prior to or shortly after having your teeth removed, impressions are taken and dentures are made. After removing the teeth, the dentures are placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you spend little to no time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit or possibly remake your dentures because the soft tissues will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will periodically need to be relined with a soft denture reline material as tissue healing occurs.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth
Implants to Support Dentures
Some patients desire more stabilization for their dentures and partial dentures. The placement of dental implants helps to achieve this.
Panoramic xray showing 4 implants placed
Notice the roof of the mouth does not have to be fully covered
Implant housings on underside of denture
Implant attachments in the mouth
Denture in place