Mayo Denture Center offers many services, including:
- Replacement Dentures
- Immediate Dentures
- Cast Metal Partial Dentures
- Flexible Partial Dentures
- Acrylic Partial Dentures (Sometimes referred to as Flippers)
- Implant Supported/Retained Dentures
- Denture Repairs
- Natural Teeth Bleaching Custom Trays
Types of dentures
There are different types of dentures, which are classified according to how many teeth they replace, what material they are made of and how they are held in place in the mouth.
A full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth. It can be made either for the upper jaw or the lower jaw, or both. Dentures are typically made of acrylic (plastic) with a gum-coloured (pink/brown) base and have acrylic teeth set into them. The teeth can be made in different shapes, sizes and colours. Many people prefer their dentures to look like their natural teeth did, although some prefer to improve on appearance when having their dentures made.
Immediate are fabricated prior to the natural teeth being extracted, from molds. The dentures are then inserted at the same appointment that the natural teeth are extracted. This means that the person avoids a period without any teeth. The denture is inserted in the mouth immediately after the teeth are removed and is worn continuously until healing occurs. Immediate dentures often need to be adjusted and re-lined more than once as the gums heal and change shape.
Implant supported/Retained Dentures
Dentures can be attached to dental implants to improve stability. Dental implants are a special type of metal post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implants then attach to and anchor the denture in place. The dental implant is placed by the Dental Specialist, and the denture is made or retrofitted by our office to engage the implanted structure.
A partial denture is made to replace one or more missing teeth and relies on the remaining natural teeth to hold it in place. A partial denture consists of an acrylic or metal base with acrylic teeth fixed in place. Metal clasps within the partial denture fit securely around existing teeth. A certain number of healthy and well-positioned natural teeth are needed to secure the partial denture. The partial denture is usually removed nightly for cleaning and to clean the remaining natural teeth and gums.
Acrylic partial dentures
An acrylic partial denture is made entirely of acrylic (plastic) and may have metal wire clasps to attach to the remaining natural teeth.
Metal (cobalt-chrome) partial dentures
Partial dentures can also be made of a thin base of metal with acrylic teeth and gums attached to the base plate. These are called cobalt-chrome partial dentures.