Dentures & Partials
Reclaim Your Lost Smile
Tooth loss not only affects the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also cause a number of issues related to your oral as well as your overall health. At Celebration Family Dental, we can provide a number of trusted solutions for the replacement of missing teeth. One of them comes in the form of dentures.
Dentures are just one of the methods we have to restore missing teeth; some others include dental implants and bridgework. Each treatment has its own particular advantages and disadvantages, and only an experienced dentist can help you determine which one is best for you.
Types of Dentures
Dentures can be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures are supported by dental implants that are surgically placed into the jaw. Removable dentures are held in place with either natural suction or small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.
Partial dentures can fill the gaps created by a few missing teeth. Conventional partial dentures make use of metal clasps to grip the natural teeth. Another type of partial dentures uses less noticeable precision attachments. They can also be attached to crowns on the natural teeth.
Full Dentures (Complete Dentures)
Full dentures are used to replace a full set of teeth in the mouth. The part of a full denture that replaces the upper teeth has a flesh-colored acrylic base, which covers the gums and the roof of the mouth for a firm fit. The base for full dentures that fit over the lower jaw is shaped like a horseshoe in order to avoid covering the tongue.
Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The implants are placed over the course of a few visits to our practice. Implants provide a stable fit for your dentures to prevent them from slipping out of place. People with healthy gums and enough jawbone density are good candidates for implant-supported dentures. Bone grafting may be needed for those who do not have enough bone density to safely support implants.
Implant-supported dentures can be ball-retained or bar-retained. With bar-retained dentures, two to five implants in the jawbone are attached to a thin metal bar, and clips or other attachments are used to affix the dentures to the bar. Ball-retained dentures contain sockets which fit into ball-shaped connectors on the implants.