Complete or Full Dentures
Replace all natural teeth and provide support for cheek and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.
Fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by the dentist to preserve your jaw bone and provide stability and support for the dentures. Implants can serve the same functions too.
Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness be sure to consult your dentist.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture.
The flexible partials
Are stain- and odor-resistant, very thin, and virtually unbreakable. Patients are fully informed that if any part of the partial breaks or a tooth comes off, it may need to be totally replaced. I treat flexible partials as provisional restorations; however, I build them more like a complete denture design, there by covering the necessary areas to minimize movement.
I advocate the use of flexible partials for patients who fit the criteria.