Partial dentures are another way we can replace missing teeth. A partial denture is a removable appliance, held in place by clasps which grip the teeth. One advantage of partials is that they can replace multiple missing teeth in several areas for much less than bridges or implants. They can also be added to later on if additional teeth are lost. Although we strive to make partials as stable as possible, a little movement during chewing or talking is still likely.
Sometimes, despite a person's best efforts, they reach a point where they no longer have any teeth. Full dentures remain the most popular option for replacing their teeth. In the past, a denture was held in place by the suction that the denture would develop between itself and the gums it rested on. Now, with the advent of dental implants, we can provide a superior option to just full dentures. When a full denture has two or more dental implants that it attaches to, the fit of that denture is drastically improved. This can mean the difference between a soft or liquid diet and a normal diet of solid foods. If you have a full denture and would like to improve its fit, ask us for an implant consultation. With proper x rays and measurements of your mouth, we can determine if you're a good candidate for implants.
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are dentures that are attached to implants in the jaw. An implant-supported denture is used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning. Learn more about implants here.