Dentures and Partials
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If you’re missing one or more teeth, discuss a partial or denture with Dr. Endicott.
A denture is an appliance that is place in the mouth and is a substitute for natural teeth. In turn it helps support lips and cheeks to restore facial architecture. The teeth are made of plastic, metal, or porcelain. Like anything else dentures do wear over time and need maintenance and eventually replacement. The denture wearer still needs regular checkups to ensure good tissue health and if there are implants involved cleaning and maintenance of them. There are many different types of dentures:
Partial Dentures (removable)
This type of denture has a strong metal framework that touches particular teeth in a way that supports chewing and retains the denture in your mouth. That framework is covered in gum colored plastic and plastic teeth are placed in areas that are missing teeth.
Complete Conventional Denture (removable)
This type of denture is used when there are no teeth remaining. It is totally supported by your gum tissue and underlying bone. It is retained by creating suction around the periphery. Upper complete dentures many times have excellent retention in the mouth. Lower dentures, on the hand, generally have poor retention due to tongue movement during eating and speaking and lack of the “suction cup” effect. Due to this fact, we highly recommend implants be placed in your lower jaw for an overdenture or hybrid denture. This will greatly improve form and function of your lower teeth.
Complete Overdenture (removable)
This type of denture is made to fit over natural tooth roots or dental implants. This type stills derives support from the underlying tissues but is retained in the mouth by the implants. Four to six implants are placed for this type of denture.
Complete Hybrid Denture (not removable)
This type of denture is completely supported by implants and is not in intimate contact with the underlying tissue. It is screwed to the implants and periodically needs to be removed by the doctor for maintenance. Hybrids require more implants than the overdenture since it doesn’t gain support from the any soft tissues in your mouth.
Endicott Dental wants to help you with all your dental needs. For more information, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Drew Endicott, DDS, and we will be in touch with you shortly.