Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Conventional dentures are made from plastic and they replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A denture rests on the gum tissue and is held in place by a suction effect.

Partial dentures are made from a combination of plastic reinforced with metal. Partials sit on the gum tissue and have small pieces of wire that hold onto any remaining teeth in order to stabilize the partial. Partial dentures may be used to replace only a few teeth or can replace large segments of teeth.

In certain cases, dental implants can be used to help secure a denture or a partial, such that it snaps onto the implant. With modern technology available, dentures no longer have to look like “fake teeth,” and your dentures or partials should never be painful. Dentures and partial dentures have been around for many years, and prior to dental implants, were often the only option for people who have lost many or all of their teeth. While overall chewing function is greatly diminished with these types of dental prostheses, they can also offer many years of service if properly constructed and maintained.

Proper fit is Critical to Denture Comfort

A large portion of a prosthodontist’s education focuses specifically on the fabrication of dentures and partial dentures, where we learn how to ensure that the prostheses fit well to the gums, fit well to the opposing teeth, and look natural. Dr. Maroney sincerely enjoys this aspect of prosthodontics care and understands that each patient accommodates the loss of teeth differently. We have significant experience treating both the straightforward, as well as very complex cases presented by our patients.
Dr. Maroney is very involved in both the clinical and laboratory aspects of patient care. In fact, they perform the majority of laboratory steps in-office, giving them complete control over the final outcome.

An important part of a denture or partial denture care is proper hygiene and maintenance. The gum tissue and the internal surface of the prosthesis must be gently cleaned every day with water and a brush. As time goes on, the gum and jaw will continue to change shape. This means that a denture or partial that fits well today, may not fit as well in future years.

At some point, you may need to have the prosthesis readapted to your gum tissue, or in some cases, remade entirely. Finally, because a denture or partial is made of plastic, the plastic teeth will wear very slowly over time. As the teeth wear, your bite may change and it may be eventually necessary to replace the teeth on the prosthesis, or in some cases, remake the whole prosthesis.

If you are considering dentures for tooth replacement, or are having trouble with your current dentures, get in touch with your Littleton area Prosthodontists today.

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