Dentures & Partials
Complete dentures are a teeth replacement option for patients with no remaining teeth and would be considered a removable dental prosthesis. Partial dentures are a teeth replacement option for patients with numerous missing teeth, but still have a sufficient number of anchor teeth. Partials are also a removable prosthesis; however, they are supported by remaining anchor teeth and the partial itself is often reinforced by a metal framework. When completed, a partial denture will “click” into place on the anchor teeth.
Dentures and partials have been revolutionized by implant dentistry. In cases where an anchor tooth may be unavailable, a dental implant can be utilized in its place to help stabilize and retain a partial denture. Dental implants can be placed to add retention in complete dentures as well. Anywhere from 2 to 6 dental implants can be placed and used to support and retain the complete denture. Dentures will be made to “snap” into place. Utilizing dental implants in this is especially beneficial for dentures replacing lower teeth. Lower dentures lack the suction effect present on upper; therefore, they are of tremendous benefit to patients. An implant-retained denture is a much better solution to replacing missing lower teeth than a conventional denture, giving patients much improved chewing function.