Dentures replace missing teeth. Dentures can either be made to be full (all teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth) or partial (connects to existing teeth to fill a space). Dentures must be custom-made to your mouth. It can take several months to place dentures, as remaining teeth may need to be pulled and the mouth and gums may need time to heal.
Full dentures are made of acrylic, which is made to form to your gums comfortably. The base of the denture either covers the roof of your mouth (top dentures) or is U-shaped (bottom dentures).
Partial dentures have an acrylic base with a metal support. Partial dentures can hook to nearby teeth, which may or may not need crowns to assist in attachment of the dentures.
Dentures may need to be refitted over time due to wear and gum and bone changes. You should visit a dentist once a year to have the dentures checked.
The Prosthodontics Resident Practice is staffed by dental school graduates in advanced training to become prosthodontic specialists. Treatment is supervised by Board Certified Prosthodontists. A referral is required.