Because everyone’s mouth and oral health is unique, there are a number of types of conventional dentures available, including partials, full dentures, immediate dentures and overdentures.
As the name suggests, partial dentures (also called partials or removable partial denture prosthesis) are designed for patients with a few missing teeth.
The partial dentures themselves consist of one or more artificial teeth that are held in place with a clasp. These can be taken out by the patient at night before bed and for cleaning.
Full dentures (also called complete dentures) are for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Some people may find these uncomfortable at first as they do take some getting used to. Full dentures are held in place by suction or adhesive. The two types of full dentures are immediate dentures and complete dentures.
Immediate dentures are made prior to having your teeth extracted and put into place immediately. The advantage of this is that you do not have to wait until your mouth heals (up to six months) to have a full set of teeth again.
Complete dentures are usually put in place once gums and jaw have healed.
For patients who cannot get used to their full dentures, Overdentures may be an excellent solution. Overdentures are removable dentures that attach or snap-on to implants.
Just like natural teeth, dentures must be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent plaque and remove bacteria that causes bad breath. If you still have some of your natural teeth, plaque and bacteria from dentures can spread and cause plaque and cavities in your natural teeth as well.
Make proper denture care part of your regular daily routine to maintain your best possible oral health.
In this procedure multiple implants are placed. The implants are left to heal for a few months; exact time will depend on the quality of the bone in which the implant is placed. Often, a custom metal framework is embedded into the upper or lower overdenture. The overdenture is securely fastened to the implant and can snap-on and off for convenient maintenance removal.