Dr. Sue Hollinsworth

Dentures, partial or full

When you have multiple missing teeth or no teeth, a removable denture can be made to replace them. Dentures are artificial teeth set into plastic bases that rest directly on the gums.

When you have multiple missing teeth or no teeth, a removable denture can be made to replace them. In the case of a partial denture, the replacement teeth are attached to gum-colored plastic bases, usually supported and connected by a metal framework. They attach to some of the natural teeth with metal clasps and resting arms to give them more support and make them more stable.

A full denture has no teeth to attach to so it depends upon the bony ridge and roof of the mouth for support and to  balance the distribution of forces.

Dentures can now be implant-supported , either fixed (screwed in) or removeable. This is particularly helpful on the lower arch where there is less bone and area for suction. Implants help maintain the bone in the jaw and gives one a more secure feeling and a better fit. It's much more like having your own teeth again!

Both types of dentures can be made to look very natural and to fill out and support the lips and face. Since missing teeth can make chewing and speaking more difficult, wearing a denture can help.