Removable Complete and Partial Dentures

These are of course removable appliances (plates) that are used to replace missing teeth. The size of the appliances varies from plates that replace one or more teeth, or partial dentures, to plates that replace complete dentitions, or complete dentures.

Tooth loss results in progressive bone loss (resorption) of the jawbone and this reduces the ability of the jaw to support dentures. As a result, denture wearing patients often present with functional problems (e.g. inability to comfortably chew food) and aesthetic problems (e.g. sunken in mouth). These problems can have a negative impact on the quality of life and even with interpersonal relationships resulting in a patient avoiding social contact due to this.

It is important to know that it is possible for a large percentage of these patients to avoid these problems by having optimally designed, constructed and maintained dentures. Prosthodontists have in depth knowledge which enables them to supply patients with appropriate appliances for their specific requirements.

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