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Dentures

A Solution for Missing Teeth

There are a few types of dentures that we offer to patients at Bite Dental:

Complete Dentures

For patients who have lost all teeth, the most commonly chosen option for tooth replacement is the complete denture. Complete dentures are typically made from a durable acrylic material. Complete dentures are removable, and simply rest on the gums overlying the upper and lower jaws. Occasionally, dental implants may be used to aid in retention of dentures.

While complete dentures can be relatively inexpensive, they do require maintenance and regular adjustment.

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures (sometimes called "partials" or "partial plates") are appliances that fit around existing teeth and fill in areas of missing teeth. The existing teeth act as retentive anchors to hold the partial denture firmly in place. Removable partial dentures can be made out of acrylic or, preferably, a thin cast metallic framework with acrylic teeth and gums. Careful planning is needed to ensure that the remaining teeth are strong enough to support the denture. The partial denture is removed at night for cleaning of the remaining teeth and of the partial denture itself.

Advantages of partial dentures include their versatility, as several missing teeth can be replaced with a single partial denture. Partial dentures are also less expensive than fixed bridges or implants.

Fixed Dental Bridges

A fixed dental bridge may be a treatment option in situations where there are suitable teeth on both sides of a toothless space. These supporting "abutment" teeth are prepared to receive the bridge, which is typically fabricated from strong metal and ceramic. The bridge is cemented permanently over the prepared teeth, filling in the toothless space with a "dummy tooth" or pontic. Bridges are highly variable in life expectancy, depending heavily on the patient's ability to clean the bridge. Average life span is about 8-12 years.

Fixed bridges provide an aesthetically pleasing result and can be completed fairly quickly. There is no need for surgery.

 

Full Dentures

Removable Dentures

Dental Bridge