General Dentistry

Dentures, Partial Dentures and Overdentures
Dentures, Partials and Overdentures

Dentures are a set of replacement teeth that we can put on when we have lost our natural teeth because of a serious tooth decay or periodontal disease. It is easy to smile, talk, and eat properly when we have a well maintained set of teeth.

A couple different types of dentures are full dentures and overdentures. We also fabricate and place parital dentures for patients who may be missing teeth in one area of the mouth, but don't require a full denture.

Weakened support to teeth is often the common reason for teeth removal following which, dentures are required. While conventional dentures required the extraction wounds to heal before the placing the dentures, newer methods such as immediate dentures have overcome this problem. Dentures can now be prefabricated and inserted immediately after tooth removal.

Most individuals believe that placing dentures is the completion of the process, but we believe otherwise. Individuals with complete dentures require proper counseling and follow-ups until they are comfortable and confident wearing them. We guide you through the complete process, from denture making to getting accustomed to it. We ensure that it serves its purpose to the fullest extent. Meet our teeth replacement experts to know what suits you the best.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are prosthetic devices used by patients who have missing teeth. They cannot use full dentures, because they have functioning natural teeth that they do not want to lose, so what is often called a partial plate is fitted. The denture can be removable or fixed, but by far the more common of the two is the removable type, because it can be taken out, cleaned and reinserted. A fixed prosthesis can only be removed by a dental professional.

Partial dentures are classified into several types according to which teeth they are replacing, but share features such as the base (the pink-colored material that looks like gums), the teeth, connectors and retainers (called precision attachments), or clasps. Precision attachments are more costly than clasp systems, and are better looking than clasps. These features will vary in size, shape and function again depending on the type of partial plate a patient needs.

Before the patient is fitted for partial dentures, the dentist may need to apply crowns to natural teeth to assure a good fit. After the denture has been fitted and constructed, it will be adjusted for the most comfortable and efficient mouth position. After a few weeks of getting used to the way the partial feels and removing and inserting it, the patient will feel that it is a natural part of the mouth. During this time the dentist can make adjustments to the fit as needed to keep the patient comfortable and free from any irritations that may be caused by the device.

While the patient is getting used to the partial, eating hard or gummy foods is not advised, but otherwise with care and common sense a normal diet can be resumed after a short time. Partial dentures can also have an effect on how a person speaks, since it changes the internal shape of the mouth and the parts that make sounds. Any difficulties a patient may have in this area will fade with time and practice, such as reading aloud and practicing difficult sounds.

Taking care pf partial dentures is fairly simple. They should be removed and completely cleaned as the dentist recommends, and should be stored in a denture solution to prevent drying. As time goes by, it is likely that adjustments will be needed to keep the device functioning and comfortable. Seeing a dentist regularly will help keep the dentures working correctly and feeling natural in the patient's mouth.

If you have questions regarding dentures, overdentures, or partial dentures, please call 409-835-6257.