The goals of dentures and partial dentures
Dentures are a special removable appliance that is used to replace missing teeth. While many patients think of false teeth as their grandparents’ unsightly prosthetic teeth, dentures have come a long way. Modern false teeth look natural and are longer-lasting than traditional types, and patients now have several options to choose from when it comes to keeping their dentures in place. Dr. Brian Gradinger helps Valencia, California, area patients missing teeth determine if they are proper candidates for partial, full, or implant-retained dentures.
What types of dentures are available?
- Partial dentures – with the partial denture, a special removable appliance used when patients are missing one or several teeth in the dental arch, patients can restore their smile. Partial dentures are made of a metal and acrylic framework that uses the existing teeth to hold them in place.
- Full dentures – full dentures are used to replace all the teeth in the dental arch. These are made of high-quality acrylics and are customized for each patient. They are typically held onto the gums with natural suction or denture adhesives.
Implant-retained dentures – alternatively, patients needing to replace all the teeth in the dental arch may also want to ask about the advantages of implant-retained dentures. Implant-retained dentures use four to six dental implants along the gum line to hold a more conservative full denture in place. That is the most desirable choice for patients, though it can be costly compared to alternatives.
Which type of denture is best for my smile?
Dr. Brian Gradinger understands that every patient is different, and no two situations are the same. He believes in providing a custom-tailored plan for each patient and their condition. An evaluation and consultation appointment is the smart first step in learning more about tooth replacement options, whether it be a removable partial denture or modern false teeth held with implants.