Fixed and Removable Dentures
When many teeth in your upper or lower arch are missing, a partial denture is a good treatment for replacing them. Conventional partials are removable appliances that are held in place by clasps that fit around some of the remaining teeth.
With proper home care and regular adjustments and relines, your partial denture can provide a functional bite and a natural-looking smile.
Placing a Partial Denture
The process of making a partial denture varies in each case, and it usually involves a series of appointments. The first step is to shape the supporting teeth.
Next, we take impressions of your mouth, including the prepared teeth. An accurate model of your mouth is made from these impressions, and the lab uses this model to create the denture framework. In some cases, a wax rim is mounted on the framework for you to try in. This helps confirm the correct relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
After the try in, the lab creates a wax-up, which is a wax replica of the final denture. Depending on the circumstances, we may have you try in the wax-up, and we note any changes to the fit and to the color, shape and placement of the teeth. We send the wax-up back to the lab, and they process it to create the final partial denture.
When the partial is ready, you try it in, and we make any necessary adjustments here in the office.
Full Mouth Dentures
A Conventional Denture
When all your upper or lower teeth are missing, a full denture is a good treatment for replacing them.
With proper home care and regular adjustments and relines, your denture can provide a functional bite and a natural-looking smile.
Placing a Full Denture
The process of making a full denture varies in each case, and it usually involves a series of appointments. The first step is to take impressions of your mouth. An accurate model is made from these impressions, and the lab uses this model to create the denture base. In many cases, a wax rim is mounted on the base for you to try in. This helps confirm the correct relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
The lab then creates a wax replica of the final denture, called a wax-up. You will try in the wax-up, and we will note any changes to the fit of the base and to the color, shape, and placement of the teeth. We then send the wax-up back to the lab, and they process it to create the final denture.
When the denture is ready, you try it in, and we make any necessary adjustments.
The benefits of a full denture
Dentures have many benefits. When your natural teeth are missing, dentures enable you to eat nutritious foods more easily and to speak more clearly. In addition, they support your lips and cheeks for a more attractive and youthful appearance.
When all the teeth in an arch are missing, an excellent treatment for replacing them is a denture secured with implants.
Depending on your situation, the denture may snap onto the implants in your jaw, or it may clip to a bar that is attached to the implants. These systems keep the denture secure in your mouth, but allow you to remove it when necessary.
Although each case will be different, placing an implant-retained denture generally involves two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. The second phase is fitting the dentures over the implants.
The Benefits of a Denture Retained by Implants
Dentures attached to implants have several advantages. The implants slow or stop the loss of jawbone that occurs when teeth are missing. The dentures are stable in the mouth, which makes it more comfortable to talk and chew. And the dentures are removable for easier cleaning and checkups.
With proper home care and regular checkups, your implant-retained denture can provide a secure and natural-looking smile.
Placing the Implants
For the surgical placement of the implants, your mouth is thoroughly numbed. Small openings are made in your gums, and then a channel is shaped in the bone to receive each implant.
Next, we place the bodies of the implants into the prepared channels. Covers are placed on the implants, and the gums are often stitched closed. During the healing period, you might wear a temporary denture, or your own denture may be modified to fit over the implants. Healing may take several months as the implants become fused securely to the bone.
Fitting Dentures Over the Implants
The next phase starts with a series of appointments to create your final denture. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they generally begin with gently exposing the implants. Then we take impressions and bite registrations of your mouth.
The lab uses these records to make an accurate model of your mouth, including the implants. They use the model to create a final denture that precisely fits the implants and your bite. After the denture is complete, we place it onto the implants, check the fit and your bite, and you have your beautiful final denture.