A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made to resemble natural teeth, and will greatly improve your overall appearance; however, dentures are not meant to be similar in function to your natural teeth and will take some getting used to. There are a few types of dentures available, including complete dentures, partial dentures, and one hour dentures.
Traditional Complete Dentures:
Acrylic dentures are typically held in place with denture adhesive. It is one of the more affordable options, but does not have the retention that implant-supported dentures provide. Most patients have to spend significant time and effort to become accustomed to traditional complete dentures. Most are limited to the types of food they can chew, with most patients having about 20% function compared to their natural teeth. They are different from the 1 Hour Dentures in that the shade, size, and shape of the teeth are fully customizable. As they are lab fabricated, they tend to look nicer and hold up longer.
A removable partial denture is a device used when a few natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base that sits on your gums with a metal or flexible base that attaches to the remaining teeth for additional support. These too will need a few adjustments after they are delivered to the patient, as the gums will need to get used to the new denture.
Implant Supported Dentures:
We have several options to provide additional support and stability to dentures. The main problem with dentures is that they have nothing to attach to. Implants provide a way for dentures to either snap or screw in. This prevents dentures from falling out or moving around during talking or eating. Please click on the Dental Implants tab for more information. We would be happy to show you all the options including locator implants, mini implants, fixed-hybrid, all-on-four, screw in bridges, etc.
One Hour Dentures:
These dentures are temporary and can be fabricated in just one visit. They are made by using one of 5 standard templates. These templates are adjusted or “relined” to further fit the individual’s mouth. One hour dentures are significantly less expensive. These are commonly used as an immediate denture, to be fabricated immediately following extractions of any remaining teeth.