When missing several or all teeth, dentures are an economical way to restore a smile.
Partial dentures replace multiple teeth by anchoring the false teeth to the remaining natural teeth.
A partial denture is held in place by metal clasps that lock into the natural undercuts created by the curve of each tooth. These clasps are built into a rigid metal alloy frame. The denture teeth are then built on the frame.
A partial takes 4 to 5 appointments to complete along with any adjustments that may be required after it is finished.
In some cases where only a few front teeth are missing an all plastic partial can be used. These are also known as a flipper.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth in one arch are lost.
Replacing all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, they are supported by the remaining bony ridge of the jaw and palate.
Complete dentures also take 4 to 5 appointments plus adjustments.