A partial denture is a prosthetic solution that is removable and replaces the missing teeth when some natural teeth are still present. Dr. Tonkin offers a metal free, flexible solution to replacing teeth. Our flexible partial dentures have clasps that hold onto the remaining teeth in your mouth. As part of the fabrication process, a try in visit will be provided at no additional charge to ensure you like the esthetics and function of the partial prior to the final step of fabrication.
Complete / Full Denture
A complete or full denture is the classic prosthesis that replaces all the teeth of the upper or the lower jaw. Depending on the amount of bone left, well-designed dentures can work well for most people. Full dentures are relatively inexpensive, provide esthetics and lip support and are easy to clean outside the mouth. However, overtime bone loss can cause dentures to become ill fitting. Additional procedures may be required to keep your dentures fitting well.
Dental implant technology has allowed some amazing implant-based denture solutions. These anchors, inserted in the bone can tremendously increase the retention of a denture. There are several ways to use implants in denture retention.
One solution consists of two implants in the lower jaw, or four implants in the upper jaw used with attachments to allow a large amount of denture retention that improves most denture-wearer’s life. This is still a removable solution and allows for easy hygiene.
By adding implants, the retention of the denture can be highly increased by the use of a bar, while still keeping an easy-to-clean removable solution:
By using four or more implants, there is the opportunity to consider a fixed (non-removable) prosthetic solution, one that can only be removed by the dentist. This type of hybrid denture allows the patient to replace all of the teeth without having the burden of removing a prosthesis when performing hygiene.
Immediate dentures are dentures that are put in place immediately after one or several extractions are performed. This is done to preserve esthetics and some function for patients during the healing process.
Dr. Tonkin will offer the possibility of an immediate, or temporary denture in most cases of tooth extraction or loss, as appropriate.
An immediate denture is an approximation, since it is impossible for the dental laboratory to know exactly what the tissues will look like after the extraction or how the tissues will heal over time. The fit is also an approximation. After appropriate healing, the immediate denture should be replaced with a well-adjusted denture.