DENTURES & PARTIALS
These dentures are used to replace all the upper teeth, all the lower teeth, or both. Complete dentures can be made for either the upper or the lower arch. Denture teeth are made of porcelain or plastic. Dentures can be done the traditional way, which is extracting the teeth and then letting the site heal for weeks, or immediate dentures, which is extracting teeth and placing the dentures the same day. This method is used for patients that want the most cosmetic results, plus it acts as a bandage for the extraction site.
A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
A fixed denture replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.