Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They don’t only enhance the appearance of one’s teeth, but also maintain the structure of the mouth by supporting the structures around the cheeks and lips. Dentures are custom-designed to fit each patient’s mouth and are visually matched to one’s naturally existing teeth. More modern dentures are made of hard resin, while in the past they were made of porcelain or plastic. However, the material used for dentures is more fragile than natural teeth and get worn down over the years. Thus, patients with dentures will need a new set of dentures every five years. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used for patients who still have some natural teeth remaining in the mouth, while complete dentures are used for patients whose natural teeth are all missing.
At Epic Dental, we offer complete, partial, and immediate dentures. In addition, we also offer implant dentures, urgent dentures, and relines and repairs.
When only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures could be the option to restore aesthetic and function. They are often used instead of other tooth-replacement methods for when the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support dental structures such as bridges, or when several teeth are missing. They are available in both metal-free and metal-based options, depending on each patient’s needs. Partial dentures are also removable, like complete dentures, for cleaning purposes and during sleep. They do not fall out because they are fitted to the part of the gum line that they will sit on, and securely held by the natural teeth nearby.
Contact our dental office in St. John's to learn more about this procedure and if you have any concerns.