Full dentures replace all of your teeth in either the upper or lower arch of
the mouth, or both. In addition to restoring esthetics and function, a
complete denture will re-establish proper facial structure, including
support for the lips and cheeks.
Partial dentures replace one or several teeth that are missing, and are
supported by the remaining natural teeth & tissues. Partials can be made of
different materials, including acrylics, metals and other combinations. With
the latest designs, materials, and techniques, they can be quite comfortable
to wear. They also aid in preventing the natural teeth from shifting or
drifting into open spaces, and help with chewing.
An immediate denture is placed in the mouth immediately following
extractions of some or all natural teeth. With this method, you avoid the
need to go without your new smile during the healing period. A series of
impressions and measurements are taken beforehand to ensure a proper fit, as
well as post-operative care to keep the dentures fitting properly as the
A soft liner is most often placed in a lower denture, and acts as a cushion
against the tissues in the lower jaw. This helps displace pressure,
minimizing chronic soreness on the gums, and can even help the fit in
A reline adds new base material to the tissue surface of a loose or
improperly fitting denture. Relines are required when changes to the gums
occur due to resorption (shrinkage), which can be caused by loss of weight,
loss of teeth, loss of bone and aging. This procedure can generally be done
the same day.
Denture repairs may be required for broken, cracked or chipped dentures. In
many cases, a broken denture can be restored to its original state. However,
this situation can be indicative of underlying problems with the denture,
something which can be assessed by your denturist. If further extractions
are required, teeth can generally be added to an existing denture. Most
repairs can easily be done in one day, often while you wait.
These custom fabricated dental devices are worn at night and help reduce
and/or prevent snoring by opening the airway and making breathing easier. By
shifting the lower jaw into a forward position, space is increased in the
airway tube, which prevents soft tissue vibrations and eliminates snoring.