Dentures & Partials

Complete dentures and "removable partial dentures" (RPDs) are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. These are generally used in cases of extreme decay or damage, where many teeth have been removed, and are often seen as a cost effective to replace multiple teeth at once. We can make dentures for the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Denture cases require several trips into the office, beginning with any extractions that may be necessary. We are able to complete most extractions in the office, rather than sending the cases to an oral surgeon. After the area has healed, we will take impressions and begin the process of making the denture. The entire process generally takes about 3 weeks after adequate healing time.

Removable Partial Denture Photo

Like most things, there are some benefits and drawbacks to dentures. Positive factors include a fixed cost per jaw regardless of the number of teeth to be replaced, easier hygiene care because they can be cleaned outside the mouth, and restored basic functions for eating and talking. On the drawbacks side, dentures require more maintenance than options using implants to replace the teeth. Depending on the size and shape of the mouth, it can sometimes be difficult to achieve ideal balance and fit. The shape of the mouth can change over time, requiring periodic adjustments to maintain an adequate fit. And because they are removable, they are more likely to be broken or lost than something permanent in the mouth. From an aesthetic perspective, the average person can recognize traditional dentures, but often cannot tell an implant-supported tooth from a natural tooth.

Complete and partial dentures are an older solution to the problem of missing teeth, but they still have a valuable place in modern dental techniques when used appropriately in the right situation for the patient.

Complete Denture Photo

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