Complete, immediate, overdentures, and partial dentures are all removable sets of teeth that are custom-made to replace sections of missing teeth and tissue. The different types of dentures depend 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 the upper or lower arch or both. They are custom-made for patients who have lost all of their teeth in an arch. Well-fitting dentures improve a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile. A denture can help facial muscle tone by restoring the proper vertical facial support structures that teeth once provided. Our doctors work to ensure that a patient’s denture is made properly. We take care to choose the size, shape, length, and color of the teeth, so the patients can once again have their youthful appearances while looking natural.
Our dentists commonly recommend a specific type of denture called an “immediate” denture. Immediate dentures are very popular because they give the doctors the ability to restore missing teeth the same day that a patient’s remaining dentition is removed without the embarrassment of being seen without teeth. Additional steps are taken to reline the immediate dentures after the hard and soft tissues have completely healed, so the dentures always fit well.
Overdentures are complete sets of teeth that are created to snap on to a few natural teeth or onto dental implants. Our dentists recommend these for patients that may need or benefit from additional support for a denture or for patients who feel the need for added retention.
Partial Dentures are different from Complete Dentures because they are not made to replace all of the teeth. Instead, partial dentures 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 removable for cleaning and sleeping.