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Dentures & Partial Dentures

Hands holding a full denture

When someone is missing some of their teeth but still have some remaining natural teeth, it may be necessary to replace the missing teeth with a partial denture. This type of denture replaces areas where the teeth are missing and relies on adjacent teeth to anchor it in place. In contrast, if someone is missing all of their teeth, a full denture will probably work best for the patient to recover full use of their teeth again. This oral appliance is made to fit fully against the upper and lower jaws, offering a naturally aesthetic look. Deciding to use a partial or full denture may be necessary when too many teeth are gone to do a permanent bridge. This choice may also be necessary when someone is not a candidate for implants or when financing is a limiting factor.

Partials and dentures are not designed to be worn on a full time basis. They should never be worn at night so the surrounding gum tissue has time to rest. At first, your mouth will need to adjust to your new full denture or partial, especially when talking or eating. From time to time, you will need to have your denture relined. This is necessary because without teeth, your body will degrade the bone from your jaw that is no longer being used. Some patients are candidates for implant dentures, which allow for a much better preservation of the bone. This will cause your denture to become loose over time. A relining will fill in the areas where your bone has receded. To reline your denture, we will take an impression of your mouth with your denture and send it to the lab. In most cases, the denture can be returned to you that day. To restore your smile or reline your dentures for a better fit, contact us to schedule an appointment today.