Dentures are custom made removable prosthesis that replaces some or all missing teeth. Dentures rest on the gums and bone for support.
Metal framework partials are very strong. Pink, gum colored acrylic sits on top of the metal to allow for a more natural look. However, sometimes, metal framework partial dentures have metal clasps, necessary for adequate retention, which can be visible when smiling.
Valplast partial dentures a more flexible and lightweight since there is no metal in the structure of the prosthetic. Patients also find flexible partials to be more comfortable and esthetic.
Flippers or stayplates are interim partial dentures that are recommended as a temporary solution to a missing tooth or teeth. Patients who have flippers are usually waiting for an implant or final partial denture. Flippers are esthetic and not functional. They are the most fragile.
Complete dentures are an option for patients that are missing all their teeth on upper or lower dental arches.
Conventional dentures are fabricated after the mouth has had time to heal following extraction of all teeth. It is a multistep process that allows for better fit long term.
Immediate complete dentures are fabricated prior to the extraction of all teeth in the mouth. That way, the patient will have dentures available immediately after all teeth are removed. These dentures are made with an approximation and estimate of how bone and tissues will heal. Because of that, there will be necessary adjustments following removal of all teeth as the tissues and extraction sites heal.
Overdentures are a custom-made prosthesis that attached to implants or retained roots in the mouth. This option allows for more stability and comfort for the patient.