Complete dentures are used when all the teeth have been lost in either your upper or lower arch. They allow you to smile, speak and masticate (a big word that means “chew”) your food so you maintain proper nutrition. While not the ideal restoration these days, they are necessary and will allow you to function far better than if you didn’t replace your missing teeth.
- One version of a complete denture is called an IMMEDIATE DENTURE. An immediate denture is a complete denture that is placed at the same time as your last remaining tooth is removed. It allows you to instantly have a full set of teeth and walk out of the office wearing your new denture. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
- Another version is called an OVERDENTURE. An overdenture is a complete denture that is partially supported by some remaining roots or implants.
- A PARTIAL DENTURE is a tooth replacement appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is held on by ‘clasping’ on your adjacent existing natural teeth or crowns.
- A CONVENTIONAL PARTIAL DENTURE is a tooth replacement appliance that stays in place or ‘clasping’ on to some of your existing natural teeth or crowns by a small metal clasp around one or more teeth.
- A PRECISION PARTIAL DENTURE is a tooth replacement appliance that stays in place by attaching to one or more permanent crowns.