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Partials and dentures are both tooth replacement options. Both are removable appliances, custom made to fit your mouth. While it can be said there is nothing like your own set of teeth, sometimes, for varied reasons, you may have lost several or all of your teeth. When more than a few teeth are missing, partials or dentures may be the quickest and most cost-effective way to replace those teeth and bring back your smile.

Partial Denture
Partials, or partial dentures, can be used to replace several teeth in an arch. They are made of plastic and acrylic, and are secured to the remaining natural teeth with metal clasps. Partials may take a little while to get used to as they can feel big and bulky initially. Patients should continue following the dentist's instructions and report back to the office if any sore spots appear on the gums or tissues.

How do you create a partial?
In order to make a partial, we take several impressions of the patient's teeth. The patient bites into a soft, putty-like material, leaving imprints of their teeth.
These impressions are then used by the dental laboratory to create the partial, taking care to ensure the bite is comfortable and effective. Once created, the patient returns to the office to fit and insert their partial. Dr. Costello and his assistants provide detailed instruction on how to insert and care for the new appliance. Once all parties are happy with the fit, and the patient is comfortable with inserting, the process is complete. It is not uncommon for the patient to end up with one or two sore spots. This requires just a simple follow-up visit to the office for minor adjustments.
Partial denture being placed
Dentures are used to replace an entire arch of teeth. They are made of plastic and acrylic, and form around your bone to hold in place. The upper denture will actually help stay secure through a natural suction with the roof of the mouth. It can take some time to adjust to wearing dentures, and may require a few follow-up appointments after they are made to make slight adjustments.

How do you create dentures?
The process of creating dentures is similar to that of partials. Impressions are taken and sent to the dental laboratory so they
can create a custom denture. Once made, the patient returns to the office for a fitting and insertion. Dr. Costello and his assistants will ensure the patient is comfortable with inserting their new dentures, and understand the proper way to care for them.

The timeline for extracting the "bad" teeth and making the new denture will depend on the patient's wishes and willingness to be without teeth. We can discuss different options and timetables with you to make sure you are comfortable with the decided schedule.
Conventional complete dentures