Frequently Asked Questions
What are complete dentures?
Complete dentures are a removable prosthetic device, and are used when someone is missing – or will be losing – all of their teeth within an arch (the top, bottom, or both). The complete loss of teeth can present many challenges. A person’s facial appearance and smile can be affected, and chewing and speech might become difficult. Complete dentures are a cost-effective solution to complete tooth loss, and will be customized to fit comfortably and restore the esthetic appearance of your natural teeth and smile.
What are partial dentures
Partial dentures are appropriate for someone who is missing some, but not all, of their teeth within an arch. Similar to complete dentures, partial dentures are removable. They are held in place by clasping the prosthetics to existing teeth, crowns, or gums. Many patients will find that dental bridges are a more durable solution, but there are situations in which removable partial dentures might be preferable.
What are implant-retained dentures?
Although many people are happy with removable dentures, others might desire a more retentive solution. Implant-retained dentures combine the benefits of dentures with advancements in implant-based prosthetics. While some people easily adjust to the feel of removable dentures, others miss the sense of comfort and security that their natural teeth provided. Implant-retained dentures use a set of dental implants to firmly hold the denture in place. Implant-retained dentures come with a higher initial cost, but can provide a significant increase in patients’ quality of life. People with implant-retained dentures often report that they no longer worry about their dentures sliding out of place while eating, talking, or smiling. Implant-retained dentures become a permanent part of their mouth and smile.