Tidewater Dentistry

Summerville, SC Full & Partial Dentures

Even when you have missing teeth, it is still possible to have a beautiful and confident smile. If you have lost teeth or have an older denture or partial that doesn’t fit correctly, Tidewater Dentistry is here to help. Each patient’s needs are unique, and we will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan so we can create a natural and comfortable denture or partial that you can be confident wearing. 

What Is the Difference between Dentures and Partials?

We use full dentures when a patient is missing all of their permanent teeth. A conventional denture is used when a patient has been missing teeth for several months or more, and the bone and gums have had time to heal.

If a patient has teeth that need to be extracted, we can make an immediate denture to put in place at the same time we remove the teeth. After several months of healing, we help patients transition into a conventional denture as the immediate will become loose as the bone and gums shrink during the healing process.

Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth, using your remaining teeth as support. Just like full dentures, these come in conventional and immediate varieties. If you have teeth that need to be extracted or need interim replacement teeth while waiting for implants to heal, we can make an immediate partial that will fill in those spaces until healing is complete. Conventional partial dentures are supported by a metal frame and attach to adjacent teeth for support.

What Can I Do if My Denture or Partial Isn’t Fitting Well?

Often, dentures and partials can become loose and ill-fitting over time. When this occurs, we can put a new lining in the denture to make it fit your gums better. To reline your denture, we take an impression of your gums with your existing denture, and our lab recreates your denture to fit more comfortably. In this case, you would be without your dentures for one day. 

Sometimes if your denture’s worn-out or if you don’t want to be without them while having a re-line, we will need to make a new denture to get the comfortable fit you are looking for. 

Another option if your dentures fit your gums well but are still not staying in place well enough for you is to have two or more implants placed to help hold in your denture or partial while you are chewing. With this option, your denture can remain removable, or we can make a type of denture that is fully supported by four or more implants and is permanently fixed in your mouth. 

Let Tidewater Dentistry Help Restore Your Smile!

If you are missing one or more teeth and are interested in learning more about getting replacement teeth to fill in the gaps, give us a call at (843) 871-5394. Dr. Williamson will listen to your concerns, and we will work with you to come up with the best plan to fit your individual needs and expectations.