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Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Complete (Full) Dentures
This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. It is typically made of pink acrylic with white acrylic teeth. The shade and shape of the teeth can be chosen by the patient. Complete dentures should be taken out at night in order to allow your tissues to recover.
This removable denture is designed to replace multiple missing teeth and is supported by the remaining teeth. Like a complete denture, it is removable and should be taken out at night. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or it can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth or to implants with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps.
Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Partial dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with clasps.
Transitional (Healing) Dentures
This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too, by supporting an implant-retained denture.
Acrylic “Flipper” partials
A flipper is a temporary solution usually used for replacement of just a few teeth, or even a single tooth, prior to the placement of a more permanent solution like a bridge or an implant. Flippers are lightweight, removable acrylic dentures that may or may not include wire clasps to help keep them in the mouth.