Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures

Dentures

What are dentures?

Dentures are a removable prosthetic dental appliance that replace an entire arch (upper or lower) of missing teeth. All teeth in one arch can be replicated and restored using this one appliance.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Loss of all teeth in one arch
  • Terminal dentition in one arch
  • An existing loose or ill-fitting denture
  • Restoring form and function
  • Supporting facial tissues and enhancing esthetics

How are dentures made?

It is important to know that the process of making a successful denture involves several appointments over a number of weeks. The process will also vary depending on that status of your existing teeth, gums, and bone when your treatment plan is made.

Initially, an impression (mold) is made of your existing arch and several measurements are taken of your face. Over the next few appointments, a series of try-in sets of dentures are used. These try-ins are made of dental wax and help us to properly position all aspects of the denture, including the teeth! Once you and your dentist agree on appearance, form, function, and fit, the wax denture will be sent back to the laboratory for processing. On your last appointment, you will receive your final denture – be ready to show off that new smile!

I have my new denture, what’s next?

One thing to keep in mind is that a denture is a set of “false teeth” – they are not natural teeth supported by bone and therefore cannot function exactly like your natural teeth did. You will probably need to cut your food into smaller pieces and take your time chewing. Speech may also be affected for a period of time until your tongue and other tissues acclimate to the new appliance.

We want you to be able to use your new denture as comfortably as possible. It is not uncommon to develop sore spots from your new denture, in fact, this usually happens. Denture adjustments to relieve sore spots are a normal part of treatment and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further issues.

You will be given instructions on how to care for your denture. Proper maintenance of your appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular check-ups will aid in expanding the life of your new smile!


Removable Partial Dentures

What are removable partial dentures?

A removable partial denture is a prosthetic appliance that replaces several missing teeth in one arch (upper or lower).

Reasons for removable partial dentures:

  • Loss of more than one tooth in one arch
  • An existing loose or ill-fitting removable partial denture
  • Restoring form and function
  • Supporting facial tissues and enhancing esthetics

How are removable partial dentures made?

It is important to know that the process of making a removable partial denture involves several appointments over a number of weeks. The process will also vary depending on that status of your existing teeth, gums, and bone when your treatment plan is made. These appliances can be made of several different materials, however those most commonly chosen are a combination of metal alloy and acrylic. The final product will have a series of rests and clasps around your natural teeth that help to support the appliance and maintain its position. Your dentist will discuss the recommended materials for you.

Initially, an impression (mold) is made of your existing teeth and gums and several measurements are taken of your face. Over the next few appointments, a series of try-in phases are completed, usually beginning with the metal framework. At the final try-in appointment, denture teeth will be held onto the appliance with wax so you can assess esthetics and any desired changes can be easily made. Once you and your dentist agree on appearance, form, function, and fit, the final try-in will be sent back to the laboratory for processing. On your last appointment, you will receive your final removable partial denture!

I have my new removable partial denture, what’s next?

One thing to keep in mind is that a removable partial denture has “false teeth” – they are not natural teeth supported by bone and therefore cannot function exactly like your natural teeth do. Speech may be affected for a period of time until your tongue and other tissues acclimate to the new appliance.

We want you to be able to use your new removable partial denture as comfortably as possible. It is not uncommon to develop sore spots from your new appliance, in fact, this usually happens. Adjustments to relieve sore spots are a normal part of treatment and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further issues.

You will be given instructions on how to care for your removable partial denture. Proper maintenance of your appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular check-ups will aid in expanding the life of your new smile!