Aksarben Smiles Offers Partial and Complete Dentures
Removable dentures (sometimes referred to as false teeth or plates) are a common treatment alternative for missing teeth (edentulism). Removable dentures are versatile in their ability to replace any number of missing teeth and to fill out the contours of the face and lips, which shrink inward when multiple teeth are lost. Typically the denture base is made of acrylic plastic that can be tinted to match the patient’s natural gum tissues. The teeth are made from either acrylic or ceramic.
Complete versus Partial Dentures
Complete removable dentures are an option for the completely edentulous patient, while partial removable dentures (partials) are an option for the partially edentulous. Partial removable dentures are held in place in the mouth by wire clasps and/or other means of attachment to the remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures can be a temporary means of treating patients who are expecting to lose the remaining teeth. As more teeth are lost, they can be added to the partial. At some point, as the natural teeth being used to anchor the partial denture (abutments) are lost, it becomes necessary to completely remake the denture, or explore other treatment options, like bridges or dental implants—both of which are usually good solutions for the replacement of single teeth as well.
How Do Dentures Stay in Place
Complete dentures are held in place by some combination of denture adhesive (best if used very minimally), “suction cup effect”, and the patient’s controlled use of their tongue and facial muscles. Learning to function with complete removable dentures can be a challenge, as with any prosthetic device. Dental implants can also be used to help stabilize dentures, and often significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. These are covered on our web page “Retained Dentures”, and are highly recommended if the implants used for retention are a surgical possibility.
Aksarben Smiles offers both partial and complete dentures to all Omaha area patients in need of replacing their missing teeth or in need of removal of their existing teeth and finding a viable replacement.