Complete dentures are used in most cases when all teeth have gone missing while partial dentures are commonly used when there are still a few natural teeth remaining. Complete dentures are either immediate or conventional in nature.
Once any remaining teeth have been removed and gum tissue has had time to heal, conventional dentures can be placed. Conversely, immediate dentures are made in advance so that they can be placed immediately after the removal of teeth. This option is preferred by patients in many cases simply because they do not have to go without teeth through the healing process associated with conventional dentures. A partial denture is also known as a bridge and is comprised of replacement teeth that include a gum colored plastic type base. This is designed to hold the denture firmly in place.
Partial dentures are most commonly chosen when there are natural teeth remaining in either the upper or lower jaw of the patient. A partial denture can be fixed or removable in nature. When a partial denture is fixed it is cemented permanently into place. A partial denture that is removable will typically have some type of attachment apparatus like clasps that allow for easy removal and replacement of the denture as necessary. With so much to offer it is clear to see why dentures as well as partial dentures are so frequently used today in modern dentistry. Talk with your dental professional in Walnut Creek, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental for more information on dentures and partial dentures for improved functionality and appearance.
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