Complete & Partial Denture Procedures

Dentures have been used for decades to replace missing teeth, and are still just as popular now as they were when they were made available to patients. Many people commonly associate dentures with the elderly, but these prosthetic devices have been used on many younger individuals as well.

Since these devices are made to replace entire sections of teeth (upper and lower), most dentists are hesitant to use them unless the patient meets certain conditions, namely the loss of multiple teeth or the presence of an oral infection that poses significant risks to the person’s health. While less common, partial dentures can be used as an effective alternative when their full counterparts are not desired.

Having missing teeth can be embarrassing and present a number of problems to patients. The hindrance on normal functions such as speaking and eating can be downright annoying and uncomfortable. No one should have to suffer the self-esteem blow that comes with not having a full set of teeth; with a quality set of partial or full dentures, the team at Pakerhill Dental can work with you to upgrade your smile, no matter what your budget may be.

What is the difference between denture types?

One question many patients have is what the difference is between the dentures our clinic provides. Conventional, complete dentures are used when an entire row of teeth need to be replaced. Depending on the patient’s needs, this may mean creating an upper and lower set.

Composed of a strong yet malleable plastic base, these dentures are colored to match the person’s gum tissue and are kept securely in place by sealing with their gums. A more permanent and pricier option involves attaching the dentures to coinciding dental implants.

Since they are used to replace fewer teeth, partial dentures work a bit differently. Held together via small metal clasps, their bases (plastic or metal) fit snugly around the patient’s remaining natural teeth; the latter provid the support necessary to ensure the dentures function as they should.

Metal partial dentures are generally preferred for their greater durability, whereas plastic types are used primarily as temporary stand-ins during emergency situations. However, thanks to recent advancements in the field of dentistry, more flexible and cost-effective options are now available.

How are they made?

Dentures cannot be installed until after the vacant tooth socket has fully healed, a process that usually takes about 10 weeks to complete. Your dentist will then set up an appointment to take multiple bite impressions for purposes of molding your new set of partial or full dentures.

The staff at Pakerhill Dental works closely with 3rd party lab technicians to ensure the perfect fit for your custom dentures. Weekly appointments for approximately a month are needed to fine tune adjustments during the molding process. You may be given a temporary set in the meantime.

Patients typically experience minor discomfort during the initial weeks of wearing their new dentures, but in time your mouth will naturally accommodate them. Make sure to take them out and place them in a cup of water or denture cleaner every night. Stick to your routine hygiene habits and make sure to tell your dentist if your dentures are not fitting properly.