A denture is an appliance that is custom made to replace a person’s missing teeth and restore the appearance and oral functions that have been lost. Complete or full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing on either the top or bottom arch. Dentures are made of a plastic base that is colored like your gum tissue and is held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums. In some cases dentures can also be held in by attaching to dental implants that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaws. First time dentures patients must be fully aware that it will take time to adjust to having full set of dentures. Multiple appointments are normal as you are getting used to having a complete set of new dentures.
A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. Like anything new you will require a little bit of time to adjust to get used to this appliance. It is normal for people to need a few adjustments as they are getting used to it as well. There are options of partial dentures that do not have metal on them. To see what would be best for you we’d schedule a consultation with either Dr. Michael Gallagher or Dr. Angela Marone.