Whether from disease, malnutrition or an accident, sometimes it is necessary for an individual to have some of all of their teeth extracted. While this can be mentally traumatic, partial or full dentures can be fabricated to restore an attractive smile, provide needed support for normal facial contours and reestablish a functional occlusion.
A denture consists of natural looking artificial teeth set in a supportive base. It may be fabricated to replace a small group of teeth, an entire upper arch, an entire lower arch, or both dental arches. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
In situations where some sturdy teeth remain, partial dentures can be fabricated. Partial dentures can achieve adequate retention and stability by having clasps on the teeth surrounding the edentulous areas.