There are two types of traditional dentures available: partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures are an option when two or more natural teeth remain to help anchor the denture. A complete denture is an option to replace all missing teeth on a completely edentulous patient. Today, we have a solution to help retain complete dentures in the fully edentulous patient. Please consult one of our Holland dentists to discuss your options.
Complete Dentures are worn by patients who are missing all their teeth in either the maxillary or mandibular arch. The complete dentures cover the entire upper or lower jaw. They are made of a gum-colored base with attached false teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may periodically require adjustment and rebasing in order to create a proper fit with the edentulous ridge and gums. A major disadvantage of complete dentures is that they move and lead to further bone loss of the jaw. We have life changing options available to patients who may be struggling with complete dentures.
A removable partial denture is an option when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw for anchorage. Traditional partial dentures are made of a rigid metal structure with a pink, gum-colored plastic base and denture teeth. There are also metal free, flexible base partials available. Please consult with one of our Holland, MI denture dentists to understand your options. We have a “dessert tray” we bring out, where you can see and feel the different options available to you as we explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.