Dentures/ Partial Dentures / Over Dentures
Dentures are a way to replace many teeth in an economical manner. Full dentures replace an entire arch of all upper or lower teeth. The often are the result of poor dental health leading up to this option where there are not adequate healthy teeth that can remain.
Dentures may be placed immediately, the same day the teeth are extracted or after healing has taken place. The advantages of placing dentures immediately is so that the patient is never without teeth. When the dentures are placed immediately there is typically more adjusting that takes place as the underlying bone heals. At the end of the healing period, immediate dentures usually require a reline to compensate for the changes in the jaw that result from the healing process. This is the most common way a new denture wearer elects to go.
If we wait for healing to take place, there is about six-months time required. Most patients find this unacceptable to be without teeth for many reasons. It is important to note that with denture either immediate or after healing, it is physically impossible to generate the same amount of biting force as with natural teeth. Complete dentures result in the gradual loss of jaw bone over time. There are many factors that we consider when estimating the success a patient will have with dentures, such as the amount of bone present at the ridge where a denture rests, shape of the palate in the upper arch, and the relationship of the upper arch to the lower arch. We can’t create a perfect bite if the upper and lower jaws do not line up properly.
Partial dentures differ from full dentures in that there are some natural teeth that hold in the artificial teeth. These natural teeth have clasps attached to them from the partial denture that retain the partial denture in place. Partial dentures tend to be more stable than full dentures. This is an economical way to replace multiple teeth in a single arch, either upper or lower, at one time. We encourage patients to consider this option when possible especially for lower teeth as a lower complete denture can be hard to adjust to. The partial denture in almost all cases is more stable.
Over dentures are much like full dentures in that they replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch. The difference is that either teeth are kept and reduced in height for a denture to fit over them or implants are placed. Attachments are placed into the teeth or onto the implants and inside the denture that essentially allows the denture to “snap” onto the teeth or implants affording additional retention and security during function. Typically, two teeth are saved that have adequate bone support or two implants placed. The advantage of this approach is roots or implants preserve jaw bone. It is less costly than doing a fixed replacement on top of four to six implants, what is commonly referred to the teeth in a day approach. With over dentures the dentures are still able to be removed for cleaning.
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Dr. James A. Hasken has been practicing dentistry since 1987. If you have any questions about our dental services or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at (815) 385-0777. We’re always happy to welcome new patients residing throughout McHenry, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Richmond, Genoa City, Twin Lakes, Wonder Lake, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Ringwood, Volo, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Holiday Hills, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, Lake Geneva, and surrounding areas. We are committed to providing exceptional health-focused, minimally-invasive dentistry and empowering our patients with information about their dental health and wellness.