Dentures and Partials
Dentures are removable appliances that replace lost, natural teeth. They can be a replacement for an old, ill-fitting denture or an immediate denture that is placed after your teeth are extracted.
When an immediate denture is prepared, a soft liner will be placed in your denture several times over a six to eight week period while your tissues heal from the extractions. Once the tissues have healed, then a reline will be done to help the denture fit well to the healed gum tissue.
The fit and chewing ability of dentures can be enhanced greatly by the use of dental implants to secure the denture in place.
Dental implants are basically titanium screws placed in the jaw bone and after healing, a denture can be fabricated that will snap onto the implants, creating greater retention and chewing force.
Removable partials are used to replace missing teeth and are secured by clasps attached to healthy teeth. The advantages of a partial over a denture are:
- retention of some of your natural teeth
- retention of jaw bone through maintaining natural teeth
- increased chewing power
- better fit since they are anchored to your natural teeth
There are several types of partials:
- temporary partial made of plastic only
- cast metal partial with clasps that attach to natural teeth
- precision partial that attaches to crowns and has no visible clasps
Whether you have a denture or partial, you will still need to have them checked periodically. Dentures need to be checked for a proper fit so that your gum tissue is not damaged. Loose dentures are an indication that a reline is needed. If you are a patient with a partial, you will need regularly scheduled visits to have your teeth cleaned and to be checked for gum disease, cavities, and the fit of the partial.
A complete exam will determine if you are a candidate for a denture or a partial.
Please call our office at (903) 753-0337
for an exam to determine the best solution for you.