Complete or partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and give you the confidence to smile. Dentures can be used to replace teeth lost due to trauma, decay or, typically, gum disease. It is important to replace missing teeth not only since teeth help with eating food but they help support the facial muscles and are critical with speech.
There are two different types of removable full dentures; immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are typically made when the patients existing natural teeth are being removed and the new dentures are delivered the day of the extractions. Conventional dentures are typically made when existing dentures are being replaced.
An Edentulous Jaw
The denture being tried in
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can be attached to the teeth with clasps, which is like a small metal "c" clamp that hugs a nearby tooth, or it can be attached to the teeth with crowns with precision attachments (hidden clasps). Both types typically have a metal framework and plastic teeth and gum areas. A temporary partial dental might have a plastic base with no metal.
An partially edentulous jaw
The partial about to be tried in
Implants are an option in some cases. There needs to be sufficient bone or, if there is not enough bone present, we can possibly add more bone through grafting. Please read our Implants page and visit our Implants Gallery for more information.
Instead of having a removable partial, implants are an option in many cases. In the case above, two implants are placed to create an implant bridge.
After the implants are placed and the bone around them is allowed to heal, porcelain teeth are attached to the implants. In this case, a three tooth bridge is placed on top of the two implants. This stays in the mouth and is only removable by us in case any maintenance has to be performed.