When a patient suffers from multiple tooth loss, or if a good deal of their teeth have decayed beyond a repairable point, upper and lower dentures are often used. Dentures can be very beneficial for patients who suffer from such conditions, providing both an esthetic and functional option.
When there are only a few missing teeth in either the upper or lower arch, a partial denture is an appropriate choice. Partial dentures are removable, and like conventional dentures, they provide a great esthetic and functional solution.
There are two types of partial dentures: Metal Cast Partial Dentures and Acrylic Partial Dentures.
Metal cast partial dentures are made out of a high quality metal and are custom made to lock on to surrounding teeth.
Acrylic partial dentures are constructed of acrylic and also snap on to existing teeth.
Implanted Supported Dentures
It’s not uncommon for a patient to need both upper and lower dentures, especially after years of decay have set in. You might find in this case that your dentures move and feel somewhat unstable. In that case, you may want to consider implants. Inserting several implants within the jaw allows for more security in snapping the dentures into place, giving denture wearers a feeling of more security.