Replacing Lost Teeth
Removable Dental Prosthetics
The most common type of removable prosthetic is a denture, which comes as a partial or a full. A partial denture replaces a few teeth on the upper or lower arch. A full denture replaces all teeth on the upper or lower arch.
The decision to place partial or complete dentures depends on the number of missing or irreparably damaged teeth. If you have some healthy, stable teeth remaining, a partial denture may be the solution. When there are few, or no, stable teeth remaining, then a complete denture is the more practical removable prosthetic.
Complete, or Full, Dentures
Dentures feature a custom lining that complements the topography of the gums. Ridges on the gums help a denture stay in place, but other forces must also be employed so that the denture doesn’t slip or wobble. An upper denture, on the top arch of the mouth, is usually held in place by natural suction. A lower denture requires adhesive. The alternative to natural suction and adhesive is securing a denture to dental implants.
Much like a jigsaw puzzle piece fills a space in a puzzle by connecting to surrounding pieces, a partial fills in spaces around healthy, natural teeth. Most often, partials are secured with hidden clasps that attach to strong, healthy, neighboring teeth. However, partials can be anchored to dental implants.
Before wearing dentures, you may require preliminary procedures. Dr. Sohl will thoroughly evaluate your case, share his recommendations with you, then explain your options. We will take molds of your mouth, as well, so that your new denture can be fabricated with a precision fit.