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Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. Some partial dentures have a resin base while others have a metal base.  Clasps will attach to several of the natural teeth to secure the partial denture.  Both complete and partial dentures of dentures are removable. Sometimes, a type of partial denture called a flipper is recommended if just one or two teeth need to be replaced.  A flipper may also serve as a temporary part of treatment to allow healing to occur.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years with proper care, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.