Dentures are a form of replacement teeth that, unlike implants, can be easily removed from the mouth for cleaning or repair. Here at Dr. Dallam’s office, we offer our patients full dentures (dentures that replace all of your teeth) as well as partial dentures (used for patients only missing a few of their teeth).
If you are missing some of your teeth, but still have one or more teeth left, then we’ll supply you with partial dentures. With partial dentures, the replacement teeth are set in a plastic base, which is colored pink to match your gums as closely as possible. These dentures can sometimes also involve a metal framework, which holds the denture in place. Partial dentures will both replace your missing teeth and keep your other teeth from changing position in your mouth as time passes. Partial dentures will often need to be removed for cleaning and repair.
Full dentures, on the other hand, replace all your teeth. They can either be made before your teeth are removed (which will get you the dentures more quickly, but at the risk of potentially needing more adjustments down the line as your gums change shape during the healing process) or afterwards (which takes several weeks, but requires fewer adjustments, as they are made after the bulk of the healing process is complete). Like partial dentures, full dentures may have to be removed for cleaning, adjustment and repair.