Dentures, Charleston SC

A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.


Dental Partials, Charleston SC

If you are missing only a few teeth scattered over either arch (upper or lower teeth), or even if you have a minimum of two teeth on both sides of the arch, then you can most inexpensively replace the missing teeth with a removable partial denture (RPD).  There are several types of RPD’s.  All of them use standard plastic denture teeth as replacements for the missing natural teeth.  The differences between them are the materials that are used to support the denture teeth and retain the RPD in the mouth.

Two types of partial dentures are available – cast metal and acrylic.

Cast Metal Partial Denture

The Cast Metal Partial Denture is the best partial denture. It is stronger, less bulky and offers the best fit. The Cast Metal partial is fabricated using a metal framework to which the on-site laboratory will attach higher-grade denture teeth.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Acrylic Partial Dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. The partial denture has an acrylic base upon which the teeth are set and is attached to natural teeth with small metal clasps.