Removable Partial and Complete Dentures

Dentures , Partial Dentures and Flippers

When people lose their teeth, it is better to replace them to have muscle, TMJ, and occlusion support. They could be replace with fixed or removable appliances.

Removable Appliances:

A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your natural tooth and even enhance your smile. There are three types of dentures: 1) Complete: used when all of the teeth are missing. 2) Partial: used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting. 3) Flipper: used when one or two teeth are missing.

Complete Dentures:

A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.

Partial Dentures:

Partial Dentures involve impressions for both arches, bite, registration, color, and shade selection. The time that a patient should wait after the extraction to fabricate the partial may vary depending on the number of the teeth missing.


Flipper Dentures involve impressions for both arches, color, shade selection. Sometimes the bite registration can be hand articulated when the occlusion is stable and there are teeth on each side of the missing tooth.

Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated.  If you need to replace your missing tooth/teeth and decide to go with a removable appliance, I will explain the procedure in detail to you.