Dentures For Tooth Replacement
Dentures and Partials are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth ( Some people call this a plate). Conventional dentures are removable; however, there are many different designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. This type attaches to other teeth for stability by using some type of clasp. This way the patient keeps as many of their own teeth as possible and that is much better for chewing efficiency.
This is a full denture that covers the entire arch of teeth. Good bone support is needed for a good fitting denture or ” plate”. This is the weakest of the types for the amount of chewing force that can be applied. So, eating a steak or biting into an apple might be more difficult. This is especially true if the bone support is not great under it.
Fixed partial dentures are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. This is a very stable situation with good biting / chewing force to eat.
An implant-retained denture is a denture held in place by implants. Usually two to four implants are surgically placed in the bone and become anchored as the bone heals and secures itself to the implant. Once the bone has healed, Dr. Jeffrey or Dr. Trenton Paffenroth can create an implant denture. An implant denture is a removable denture with attachments on the underside that clip onto a bar connected to the implants. The attachments and bar hold the denture in place and keep it from moving when chewing and speaking. Implant dentures can be classified into two groups:
- Implant Retained Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures. The Implant Retained Dentures are held in place by the attachments, but are mainly supported by the bone and gum tissue as is a conventional denture.
- Implant Supported Dentures are for patients who do not have sufficient bone and supporting gum tissue. This denture is supported by the bar attached to the implants.
Other solutions for tooth replacement include:
Which Tooth Replacement Solution Is Right For You? Schedule A Complimentary Consultation.
If you would like to discuss your tooth replacement options, including dentures and partials, schedule a consultation to speak with Dr. Jeffrey or Dr. Trenton Paffenroth. Call (920) 733-2445 or Request an Appointment