Types of Full and Partial Dentures

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What's the best way to replace missing teeth? It may surprise you to learn that there are many dental prosthetics, or dentures, all custom-denturesdesigned and fitted to restore full oral function and facial appearance If you believe dentures are in your future, or if you need them now, Dr. Bruce Schechter and his staff can help. Practicing skilled and caring family dentistry in the Milford, CT, area, Dr. Schechter can address your tooth replacement needs so you can have a great smile.

Dentures: just what are they?

Simply put, dentures are artificial teeth crafted from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Some dentures have structural elements made of metal, too.

To make either a full or a partial denture, your Milford family dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination, take X-rays and other digital imaging, and make oral impressions. Impressions are three-dimensional imprints which help the dental lab construct your dentures with accurate shape, size, and fit.

Today's dentures are more comfortable, well-fitting, and attractive than ever before. Dentures normalize speech, biting, and facial appearance. Without them, self-confidence and nutrition suffer.

Types of dentures

There are several kinds of dentures. Probably the most common type is the partial denture which replaces one or more missing teeth on either arch. Made of pontics, or artificial teeth, affixed to a metal frame, the partial denture clips to surrounding teeth on either side of the smile gap. Some partials are fully removable while others anchor to the jaw bone with titanium dental implants.

Full dentures are very common, too. Held by the mouth's natural suction, conventional dentures rest on top of the gums. Your dentist may place them immediately after tooth extraction or wait until extraction sites are healed. Immediate dentures give patients a complete smile right away but need relining or replacement as bone and gums shrink over time. Conventional dentures are placed after sutures are removed and gums are fully healed. As with partial dentures, Dr. Schechter may use dental implants to give dentures best oral function and jaw bone density.

Caring for dentures

Continue to see Dr. Schechter every six months for a complete oral exam and cleaning of both your remaining natural teeth and your dentures. Your dentist will ensure your denture continues to fit properly. At home, use a denture cleanser or paste approved by the American Dental Association, and be sure to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and gum tissue to keep them clean, odor-free, and stimulated.

Find out more

For a one-on-one denture consultation with Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT, call the office at (203) 878-1787. We look forward to helping you have a great smile.