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Smile with Confidence!

If an accident, disease, or poor oral health care has left you with only a few healthy teeth, or none at all, your dentist might suggest dentures to replace your missing teeth. Dentures are artificial replacements for your original teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures, Dr. Alter first takes impressions of your teeth, and then uses them to make models that act as a blueprint to fabricate your customized final dentures.

Types of Dentures

Partial dentures are also called “removable dentures” or “partials”. They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by wire clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. In the evening, you should take your partial denture out to clean it, but if possible, it should be worn while sleeping.

Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth”. Also called “full dentures”, they are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable and held in place by suction. Although they may cause soreness at first, and take a little time until you’re comfortable wearing them, they should be worn while sleeping. In general, denture adhesives are messy, unreliable, and usually mean your dentures don’t fit properly.

Implant-supported dentures have the big advantage of providing more stability and support. They also eliminate problems such as shifting and floating, and will provide you with a more comfortable fit that enhances your ability to eat and speak with more comfort and confidence.

Call our dental office today to learn more about your choices for replacing missing teeth with dentures or to schedule your smile consultation: (416) 485-5485.