Dentures (more commonly known as false teeth) are arificial devices constructed of acrylic and sometimes with porcelain teeth to replace a full arch of missing teeth. The denture is supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Maxillary (or upper) dentures are held in place by suction on the palate. Mandibular (or lower) dentures fit like a horseshoe saddle over the boney ridge left where there was once teeth. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs now with some attaching to implanted posts with magnets or bars.
Partial Dentures are usually made from a cast metal framework with acrylic teeth and gums. Some smaller temporary partials are made of acrylic alone and are used in the process of having an implant procedure. Partial Dentures rely on clasping onto existing teeth or precision attachments to existing crowned teeth.
Procedures for both Complete and Partial Dentures requires multiple appointments for recording of impressions, cast frame try in, bite registration, try in with teeth in wax prior to acrylic processing and insertion with adjustments if necessary. Sometimes it takes multiple appointments again after insertion to adjust any sore spots that develope as the denture settles in. Please call our office to arrange these appointments asap.