The process of having an appliance made in which the patient can place and remove themselves to fill the areas of missing teeth.
A denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces some or all teeth in an arch
This prosthesis replaces all the teeth in an arch. If planning to receive a complete denture after recent tooth extractions, your dentist may have you wait for several months to allow your gums to heal before starting the process.
When there are still natural teeth remaining in the mouth, a partial denture can help replace the missing teeth and potentially use those teeth as anchors to help stabilize the denture.
Immediate Complete (or Partial) Denture:
Immediate dentures are made with planning ahead of time before extractions. Immediately after the extractions, the denture is placed in the mouth and the patient does not have to go without teeth. A disadvantage is that after the mouth heals from the extractions, the denture may have to be relined or remade in 3-6 months in order to have a more intimate fit.
Implant overdentures are dentures that “snap” onto a special implant abutment. The implants help stabilize the denture and help to hold it in place. Typically, the more implants used, the more stabile the denture will be. Just two implants in the lower jaw can significantly improve the retention and stability of a complete lower denture.
Advantages of Complete Dentures
- Least costly treatment for replacing all teeth in an arch
- Can help patients with no teeth regain their smile and confidence
- Helps assist with speech and chewing
Disadvantages of Complete Dentures
- They can feel bulky (the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth)
- Lower dentures are often called “floating dentures” as they are subjected to various muscles, including the tongue and cheeks, which all act to move and dislodge the denture
- Dentures must be relined occasionally due to changes in the patient’s mouth
Bite Guards (Occlusal Guard):
This is made by taking impressions in our office of your teeth. It is an individually molded device designed primarily to be worn for helping prevent injury to the teeth and their surrounding tissues. This also may help prevent trauma from clenching and/or grinding your teeth. Sometimes called a mouth protector.
Fabricated by taking impressions of your teeth. Typically, this is a clear tray that you can put in and take out on your own. An Essix retainer is typically a temporary, esthetic, fix to replace missing teeth while in the process of having treatment done. The space in the clear retainer where you are missing a tooth, is usually filled in with “tooth colored” material to look like your natural tooth is present. Essix retainers are only to be worn for esthetics and should be removed and cleaned when eating and drinking.
Similar to a removable partial denture and is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth that can be removed by the patient. A flipper is typically all plastic in material with metal clips to hook on your teeth for retention. Flippers are typically made to be used during the treatment process to temporarily fill the areas of missing teeth.