Complete or full dentures can be used for patients missing all of their natural teeth while partial dentures are used for patients who have some natural teeth remaining.
Complete Denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate”.
Conventional full dentures are usually placed eight to twelve weeks afterthe teeth have been removed to allow the gum tissue to heal.
Unlike conventional full dentures, immediate full dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Once the dentures have been placed you will need to have them adjusted occasionally and relined/repositioned in the future since your jawbone and gums shrink with time. Having well-fitted dentures prevents gum irritation and allows you to eat and speak with less slippage.
Partial Denture fills in the space when some but not all of the teeth are missing and prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position. A removable partial consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum colored plastic base that is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place.
Either full or partial dentures can be secured using dental implants. The dental implant is placed in the jawbone and the full or partial denture is securely attached to it. Because the dental implant mimics the natural tooth root, patients do not experience the bone loss associated with tooth loss. Also, when there is no bone and gum shrinkage the dentures fit better, allowing patients to eat what they enjoy and to speak without fear of their dentures slipping.
Dr. Mahtesyan will sit down with you and discuss what option would best fit your needs to replace your missing teeth.