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Dentures to Replace Missing Teeth

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Dentures are removable replacements for . There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. When all the teeth are missing, complete dentures are used. When only some teeth are missing, partial dentures are used. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been recognized for the artistry and functional excellence in his bespoke dentures.

Complete Dentures vs Immediate Dentures:

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Generally, well-crafted dentures take a few weeks to fabricate and require several visits for impressions and try-ins. Many offices can make 'quickie' dentures but they cannot and do not offer quaity aesthetics or a great fit.

can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. One of the benefits of immediate dentures is that the patient is never without teeth during the healing period. However, there may be a disadvantage too. Bones and gums shrink especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, immediate dentures may require more adjustments during the healing process and are generally only a temporary solution until the conventional dentures are placed.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is also known as a dental bridge or fixed bridge. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge is cemented into place.

A partial denture fills in the space caused by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.

A precision partial denture is removable. Often these are more natural-looking appliances.

For more information on Dentures, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.