Removable partial dentures For individuals who are missing multiple teeth speeking clearly and chewing properly can be challenging. In addition, cosmetics and facial support may also be a problem for some individuals. A removable partial denture is a relatively fast and inexpensive procedure to help restore function and esthetics in partially edentulous patients. This is prosthesis that utilizes the remaning teeth and edentulous bony ridges for support.
Depending on the esthetic demands of the patient this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. There does not have to be any visible metal in the final prosthesis. It can be fabricated with conventional clasps or hidden precision fit clasps for improved fit and esthetics. Done properly, a fine removable partial denture can fit very rigidly and comfortably in the mouth preventing the need for denture adhesives and clasp tightening.
Most partially edentulous patients are great candidates for this procedure. Individuals who suffer from a severe gag reflex would do better with dental implants.
Complete dentures Unfortunately some individuals have not had the opportunitiy to save their natural teeth and are edentulous. Complete or full dentures is a good prosthesis for this condition. Complete dentures rely on the soft tissue that covers the bones in the mouth for support. So this prosthesis tends to feel big and bulky, especially for first time denture wearers. It typically takes several weeks with a first denture to feel fully confident in speach and eating chewy and crunchy foods.
People who are not good candidates for dentures are those with the following conditions: burning mouth syndrome, sensitive gag reflex, atrophied jaw bones and dry mouth. Implants should be considered in these patients.