Besides implants or bridgework, another solution to replace missing teeth, often several at a time, is through partials. Partials are made up of one or more porcelain teeth attached to acrylic that is gum tissue color that has clasps that hook on to other teeth. Partials are used to restore your smile, and allows the patient to chew more easily & with greater comfort; providing the patient with cosmetics and function.
Dentures are used to replace whole arch dentitions, with two types being regular dentures and overdentures. Regular dentures are especially great for the upper arch of a patient because of the suction from the palate. However, the lowers rarely stay put because of the horseshoe design of the lower arch. Thus is a case for an overdenture, which is implant supported denture that “snaps” into place by use of locators or a gold bar. This stabilizes the denture holding it firmly in place without the need for denture adhesives. Dentures are also used to provide the patient cosmetics of replacement of teeth along with the chewing power needed to eat & digest foods.