Retained and Partial Dentures

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, the distinction being whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or on the maxillary arch.

Retained dentures: are dental implants that are placed in the jaw in order to support or retain a full or partial denture. Denture implants can provide a stable denture foundation for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth but have maintained adequate jaw bone mass to support implants. The use of denture implants can improve significantly the quality of life for patients wearing removable dentures.A significant number of people are missing some of their natural teeth. Partial denture treatment is an effective and economical way of restoring proper chewing and a pleasing smile. Partial dentures can be fitted as teeth are lost or removed, and can help to preserve the position and function of the remaining natural teeth.

Special attachments fitted on the denture are used to attach it on top of the denture implants that are securely placed in the jawbone. Denture implants provide a level of stability and comfort that common dentures can never offer. To place the implant supported denture the patient has to place it in the proper position with the top of the implant and the denture socket facing each other and apply a light pressure. The denture snaps securely onto the heads of the implants. Implant supported dentures will not move or pop off from the dental implants with regular movements such as eating or speaking.

Partial Dentures: When teeth are lost a space is created which the teeth on either side tend to tip into and fill. The bite then alters when teeth move from their proper position and, if left unchecked, this can lead to further tooth loss. By filling the spaces with partial dentures, remaining teeth are prevented from moving. The dentures provide a surface to bite on, restoring the ability to chew properly. Your smile is restored by replacing missing teeth, which are colour matched to enhance your natural appearance.

There are different types of partial dentures, made with a variety of fasteners. Partial dentures restore missing teeth by using some natural teeth for hold and support. Combined tooth and gum support provide effective function so that a complete bite is restored, even when many teeth are missing. A partial is regarded as an acceptable standard by leading insurers.