When tooth loss occurs, patients have several options for replacement, including dental implants, bridges, or dentures. A denture is a removable dental appliance used as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures can be full or partial and made from different materials. Our dentist can help you choose the type that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Full dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, either upper or lower. They are often the best option for patients who do not have enough bone density to support a bridge or implant. Removable full dentures are held in place by natural suction or denture adhesives.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed in the mouth right after the removal of any remaining teeth. This type of denture is often used to allow patients to maintain their oral functions until their permanent restorations are placed and to prevent facial muscles from sagging. Immediate dentures help patients until their gums heal completely. However, some patients may find immediate dentures hard to get used to compared to more traditional types of dentures.
Also called “partials” or “removable bridges,” partial dentures are a great option for patients who are missing only a few teeth. A partial denture is made up of prosthetic teeth and a gum-colored base and is held in place by clasps attached to the surrounding natural teeth. Unlike full dentures, partial dentures are often used in conjunction with crowns and bridgework. The dentist may recommend this treatment option to patients who want a more stable alternative to removable partials.
Benefits of Choosing Dentures
- Dentures mimic the appearance of both the teeth and surrounding gum tissues, thereby restoring the aesthetics of the entire mouth.
- The materials we use to make dentures are very durable and strong, making your prostheses stay as good as new for a very long time.
- They are quite long-lasting.
- Dentures make your face look fuller by restoring the shape of your cheeks and chin.
- Dentures restore your ability to bite and chew food and speak properly.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Christopherson Family Dentistry, call (715) 344-9684 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit Dentist in Stevens Point, WI at 2901 Church St, Stevens Point, WI 54481.