Full or Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Dentures may be conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures allow for the gums to heal after the teeth removal before the dentures are placed. With this option, you will be without teeth for a few months. With immediate full dentures, your permanent dentures will be placed immediately after teeth removal. While this immediate option means you will not be without teeth, it does require resetting visits as your mouth heals and the jawbone reshapes.
A removable partial denture is designed specifically to replace one or more missing teeth as well as limit movement of your existing natural teeth. A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture. After a thorough examination, Dr. Morrison will construct a partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues, and that looks natural and feels comfortable. He will also carefully design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface are of the remaining teeth and soft tissues, allowing you to better grind and chew food.
Dentures and partial dentures generally take some time to get used to, but you will feel that you are talking and eating naturally in no time at all. If you are interested in enhancing your smile with dentures, please schedule a consultation.