When you have lost all your teeth, a full set of upper and lower dentures can be made to replace the missing teeth. This will restore some function and aesthetics, but with certain limitations. Usually the upper denture fits best because it creates a sucking action against the palate whereas the lower denture lacks retention and moves around more. Dentures should be evaluated at least every 3-5 years to check the fit, bite and tooth surfaces. Worn down denture teeth will cause the jaws to close more and can lead to jaw joint problems.
Thanks to technology, you can now choose to have your dentures fixed by placing dental implants in your jaws. The implants will be fitted with a metal bar and or locator abutments. Your dentures will be modified to clip onto the abutments providing you with retention and stability. For many, this is life-changing and probably the best investment you can make considering the health benefits and improved confidence.These dentures are called implant-supported overdentures.
Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable, but they are more bulky to compensate for the lack of strength. They have an acrylic base with denture teeth attached to it.
A new innovation allows certain laboratories to make flexible partial dentures that are thinner and a lot more comfortable than conventional acrylic dentures. It has a better fit and pink flexible clasps hug the existing teeth closely, making the need for unsightly metal clasps unnecessary.