A Complete Denture is placed in the patient’s mouth after all the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed. Healing takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending upon the patient. Complete dentures help fill out the appearance of your face and increase the muscular support for the tissue surrounding your mouth, making it easier to talk, eat and more.
An Immediate Denture is placed the same day the teeth are extracted. The advantage to an Immediate Denture is that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. While the denture may need to be adjusted or replaced once your mouth has fully healed, immediate dentures offer great cosmetic appearance the minute you leave the office.
While overdentures used to only involve natural roots, now with the advent and success of dental implants
most overdentures are done using implants as anchors.
An overdenture used to requires that at least 2 roots be kept. These roots may be used to hold the denture in place by placing inserts in the roots and in the denture. The denture then attaches to the roots. These roots also give support to the denture and help retain the ridge the denture sits on.
A Partial Denture or “removable bridge” replaces one or more missing teeth, but there must be teeth remaining for the partial to attach to. Unlike a Fixed Bridge, a partial is removable. A partial will prevent other teeth from shifting, preserving your remaining teeth and preventing future discomfort.
Dental implants can also assist in the retention and esthetic design of a partial denture.