When most or all your natural teeth have been lost, dentures
provide many benefits:
- Restore your self-esteem
- Regain your eating ability
- Aid speaking ability
- Give support back to the lips and cheeks
(giving you a natural and younger appearance).
A Complete Denture is placed in the patient's mouth
after all the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue
has healed. Healing takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few
months, depending upon the patient.
An Overdenture usually requires that at least 2 roots
be kept. These roots may be used to hold the denture in place
by placing inserts in the roots and in the denture. The denture
then attaches to the roots. These roots also give support
to the denture and help retain the ridge the denture sits
An Implant-Retained Denture is similar to an Overdenture,
but uses implants as anchors.
An Immediate Denture is placed the same day the teeth
are extracted. The advantage to an Immediate Denture is that
the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing
Partial Denture or "removable bridge" replaces one
or more missing teeth, but there must be teeth remaining for
the partial to attach to. Unlike a Fixed
Bridge, a partial is removable. A partial will prevent
other teeth from shifting, preserving your remaining teeth.
Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro
will evaluate your condition and needs to help you determine
the option that is best for you.