If you are missing one or more teeth, dentures can help restore your smile, your ability to chew and speak, and even your confidence. At David Paulussen, DMD, we specialize in both complete and partial dentures. Regardless of which type of denture you need, your restoration will be custom-fit for effective, comfortable, and long-lasting results!
What Is a Complete Denture?
A complete denture is a removable appliance that restores a full-arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The appliance generally consists of prosthetic teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base. If the denture is for the upper jaw, the base typically extends to the palate, or roof of the mouth, to provide additional support. Dentures fabricated for the lower jaw are usually shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Most patients in need of a complete denture usually have a few remaining teeth that require extraction. During the brief healing period following the extractions, the gum tissues may shrink or change shape. For this reason, a conventional denture is fabricated after the teeth have been removed, and the gum tissues have fully healed. This ensures a proper fit.
However, this also means that patients are without teeth during the healing period. To prevent this problem, we may recommend an immediate denture. As the name suggests, we place an immediate denture directly following your extractions. The appliance is made in advance and usually considered a temporary measure.
What Is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is a removable appliance that restores one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partials offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges. The replacement teeth are typically attached to a flesh-colored base and a metal framework. The framework, usually metal clasps, attaches to the surrounding teeth for support. Some partials utilize internal "precision attachments" for more aesthetically-pleasing results. A partial designed for an upper jaw could also attach to a retainer-like component. This type of partial is often referred to as a "flipper."
Dentures these days are more comfortable, durable, and effective than ever before. This is largely due to advancements in technology, materials, and techniques. While developing your treatment plan, Dr. David Paulussen will perform a thorough examination using cutting-edge diagnostic tools, such as digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, 3D imaging, and CBCT scans. The information we collect allows us to fabricate a custom-fit appliance that will look and feel great.
During the procedure, we take impressions of your gum tissues and any remaining teeth (if you need a partial). This impression will be used to create a 3D model of your mouth. Our laboratory technicians will use this model to fabricate your denture with the finest restorative materials available today. These materials ensure your denture is aesthetically-pleasing and highly durable. With the proper care and maintenance, your beautiful new denture should last for years to come!
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