Advancements for Modern Dentures
The denture was one of the first prosthetic dental inventions, and today, it remains a cornerstone of many patients’ dental health and function. Patients who’ve lost a significant amount of teeth on one or both of their dental ridges can regain the beauty and function of their bite with an appropriate denture.
Modern dentures can be crafted according to each patient’s individual needs. If you’ve lost all of your teeth, then a complete denture can rebuild your entire dental ridge with replacement teeth. If a few or several teeth still remain, then a partial denture can fill in the gaps along the ridge to complete your smile.
Full and Partial Dentures
A complete, or full, denture consists of an entire row of replacement teeth that are supported by a gum-colored, plastic base. The base rests on your dental ridge, held in place by the natural suction created by its shape. Like most prosthetic dental appliances, dentures are usually crafted from lifelike dental porcelain to create highly-realistic replacements for your lost teeth.
A partial denture is recommended for patients who have lost more than one tooth, but not in adjacent spaces. Unlike a full denture, a partial does not replace an entire row of teeth, but rather fits around the teeth that remain. A partial denture may rely on hidden clasps for support in addition to a comfortable, custom-fit plastic base.
Dental implants are root-like posts that can be inserted into the jawbone, and then utilized to support your partial or full denture. The support of the implants grants your denture(s) a more secure fit, comparable to your natural, healthy teeth. When secured to posts implanted into your jawbone, your denture will not lose its grip and become loose, as conventional dentures tend to.
The Most Lifelike Modern Dentures
If you’ve lost a significant number of your healthy teeth, or even all of them, then a custom-made partial, full, or implant-supported denture can help you enjoy a better quality of life. To find out what type of denture is right for you, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.