Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are very natural looking.
At our office, we offer complete dentures and partial dentures. A complete denture is one that replaces all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. A partial denture is made when you still have some of your natural teeth remaining. It only replaces the teeth that are missing and uses clasps on several remaining teeth to help hold it in place while speaking and eating.
The fit, comfort and stability of a denture is related to many things. Some of these factors include:
- The amount of bone or ridge height available for support.
- If the roof of the mouth has a high vault or is broad and flat.
- The relationship between the upper and lower jaw.
- The nature of the tissue that the denture rests on (firm or flabby, thick or thin, dense or delicate)
- Does the patient have good saliva flow or do they suffer from "dry mouth".