If you need to replace numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, a partial denture may be recommended. Sometimes referred to simply as partials, these prosthetics are crafted to fit snuggly between remaining teeth. A denture base is formed to fit into the gaps in your smile, and the entire partial denture is supported by clasps that attach to your healthy dental structures.
Full dentures are similarly made, using a base material to support an entire row of replacement teeth. Because there are no healthy teeth remaining to provide support, the denture base is molded to fit firmly against the gum line. This close fit creates suction between the gums and denture that will hold it in place. For added stability, some patients prefer to use a small amount of denture adhesive.
Traditional dentures can effectively restore about 20% of natural chewing ability. For those patients who want a restoration that offers improved stability, an implant supported partial or full denture may be a better option. Implant supported dentures can restore about 70% of chewing function, allowing patients to consume a greater variety of foods. A dental implant retained partial or full denture will look much like traditional dentures, but rather than relying on healthy oral structures for support, the implants are fused to between three and six strategically positioned dental implant posts. The process takes a little longer, but once in place, you’ll be able to keep your implant denture for two decades or longer.