A denture is a removable set of teeth that is custom made to replace missing teeth and tissue. There are different types of dentures depending upon the number of teeth being replaced and the period of time a patient will be without teeth.
Complete dentures are made to replace all of the teeth in an upper or lower jaw, or both. They are custom made for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. The dentures improve a patients’ ability to eat, speak, taste, and smile. A denture can help facial muscle tone and if a denture is made properly with care taken to choose the size, shape, length and color of the teeth many patients feel that a very youthful appearance can be restored.
Our dentists commonly recommend a specific type of denture called an “Immediate” denture. Immediate dentures are very popular because it gives us the ability to restore the missing teeth the same day as the remaining teeth are removed without the embarrassment of being seen with no teeth.
Overdentures are complete sets of teeth that are created to snap on to a few natural teeth or implants that are placed in the jaw. Our dentists recommend these for patients that may need or benefit from additional support for a denture or for patients who feel more comfortable with the added retention.
Partial Dentures are different from Complete Dentures because they are not made to replace all of the teeth, but instead only replace a few teeth in the jaw. They are custom made removable teeth that offer partial teeth replacement by attaching or clasping to natural teeth for retention but are removed (for cleaning and sleeping).