Dentures & Partial Dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures replace all of the natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both, sitting on the soft (gum) tissue of the mouth that covers the bone ridge. Your prosthodontist may use several different procedures to make sure your denture will fit the shape of your mouth, and provide the necessary support for your face. The design of the complete denture and position of the teeth will restore good speech and appearance.

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are used when there are still natural teeth left. The missing teeth are replaced by this type of denture in an effective and esthetic design that uses both the soft tissue ridge and teeth to hold it securely in place. This tooth replacement is removable by the patient, which makes cleaning easier. The new teeth will look natural and are made from plastic or porcelain (ceramic) materials.

The foundation of the partial denture can be plastic or a combination of plastic and metal. Because removable partial dentures use teeth and or implants along with soft tissue for support, you may be given the opportunity to choose a variety of treatment plans. Dr. Tregaskes will discuss these options after a thorough examination of your teeth, soft tissue (gums and cheeks), and remaining bone and surrounding anatomy. The examination should also include x-rays (radiographs) and impressions to make models of your mouth. After reviewing all the necessary information with Dr. Tregaskes you will be able to make an informed choice.

Will my denture fit securely in my mouth?

There are different methods used to secure the partial denture in your mouth. Metal clasps are the most common and may or may not be visible. The denture can be made to fit the existing shape of your teeth, or it may be necessary to alter your remaining teeth. Dr. Tregaskes will indicate which design is most appropriate for you.

How do I care for my dentures?

When you receive your new denture your prosthodontist will make sure that it fits properly. However, your treatment is not quite finished as there is always a period of adjustment to become accustomed to your new denture. Your prosthodontist is committed to making you comfortable and is happy to adjust the fit of your dentures. Over time, the gums and bone supporting the denture will shrink causing the denture to become loose. Periodic visits to Dr. Tregaskes are necessary to check the fit of your denture. It may be required that your denture be adjusted and refit. It is also important to check the overall oral health of your mouth to help ensure optimal results from your treatment.

Before & After Photos

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Implant Retained Upper Denture


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