Full and Partial Dentures
Full and partial dentures are reserved for patients missing one or more teeth. A partial denture requires retentive devices like clasps on adjacent teeth to retain it. A full denture does not have much in regards to retention and is often loose. Sometimes, to remove disease and restore aesthetics, a full denture is often the solution when resources are limited or when a transitional period is necessary for healing.
This wonderful patient of Dr Vu has a history of Type II diabetes and periodontal disease involving his maxillary teeth. The bone loss and mobility involving these upper teeth deemed them hopeless and an immediate full upper denture was fabricated before the teeth were cleared. At the day of surgery, the denture was inserted immediately after the teeth came out. The patient was extremely happy with the way things looked. His good palatal anatomy aided in the ‘suction’ effect common with good fitting maxillary dentures and no further work was needed beyond this point.
This is a simple acrylic denture quite commonly used to replace anteriorly missing teeth (usually lost due to trauma). In this case, a patient lost his front tooth in a skiing accident. Due to his age, an implant could not be placed until he’s 18. A transitional denture such as this was the ideal choice for esthetics and to maintain the space for the future dental implant.