A denture is a removable prosthesis that is used to replace teeth. It is one of the many restorative services we offer here at Orchard Family Dentistry. If all of your teeth are missing on the upper or lower mouth, then a full denture may be the best option for you. Sometimes, these dentures can be reinforced using implants to provide improved retention. Please see “Implants” under the Restorative tab to learn more about implants.
A denture can take a lot of time to get used to. They do not feel the same as how your teeth felt because a denture is not a part of your jaw. Dentures can also feel loose in your mouth and may require adhesive to keep them in place. Patients typically take 6 months to 1 year to get used to wearing dentures.
Implant retained dentures are a great addition to dentures. They help to keep the dentures from moving around in the mouth and patients find they are able to eat food easier than without implants. Patients will need to be evaluated to ensure they have enough bone to place an implant on the upper or lower jaw.
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis used when you are missing multiple teeth. Partial dentures clasp around some of your remaining teeth to provide additional retention. Whenever possible, we try to hide these clasps to give a more natural smile. Although they are less costly than implants, partial dentures can also be good placeholders for teeth in case you are considering implants in the future.
If you lose a tooth, a fake tooth can usually be placed into the partial denture. An exception includes if the tooth that was lost is the tooth that the partial denture clasped around. However, every case is different and would need to be evaluated on an individual basis.