A denture is a custom-made appliance that replaces missing teeth to restore the appearance and oral functions that have been lost. Complete or full dentures are used when all 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 “suction” seal with the gums. In some cases, dentures can also be held in with dental implants that are surgically placed in the jaw bone. Multiple appointments should be expected as you get used to having a complete set of new dentures.
A removable partial denture replaces missing and is supported by a metal framework that fits around healthy teeth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. It is normal for people to need several adjustments as they get used to it. To find out if you’re a candidate for a partial denture, we will schedule a consultation with either Dr. Michael Gallagher or Dr. Angela Marone.