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Introduction to Dentures

What are complete dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures?

Written by south Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

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Natural looking upper and lower dentures: Properly made dentures can esthetically replace all of your missing teeth, allowing you to smile proudly and chew easily.

Dentures are replacements for your missing teeth that can be taken in and out. When you have lost some or all of your teeth, dentures can be made to replace your teeth and restore your smile.

There are two main types of dentures, depending on how many of your natural teeth remain:

Complete Denture: If you are missing all of your teeth in the upper arch or lower arch, a Complete Denture can be made to replace all of the teeth in that arch. In addition, if you are not missing your teeth but all of your teeth are very loose when you touch them, you may also need a complete denture. Learn more about the different types of complete dentures.

Partial Denture: When you are missing only a few upper teeth or a few lower teeth, a Partial Denture can be used to replace your missing teeth. So if you are missing six upper teeth, a Partial Denture can replace those six teeth. Your natural teeth and/or dental implants are used to help hold the Partial Denture in place while you eat and speak. Learn more about the different types of partial dentures.

Also, dental implants can be used to help hold in a complete denture or a partial denture. This special type of denture is called an Implant Denture.
Learn more about implant dentures.

Below, you can click on the various links to learn a lot more about dentures, partial dentures and implant dentures. The internet provides limited information about dental care, so we wrote the articles on this website to provide more information to our patients. We hope you enjoy, and please contact us if you think other topics should be addressed on our site.

How implants have changed the way I make dentures:

Over twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved to south Florida from Boston, where I attended and taught at Tufts Dental School. My office has been located in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area since moving to Palm Beach County. In my practice, implant dentures have become a common dental procedure. New patients will present to our office with an ill-fitting denture or partial denture. We are often able to use dental implants to drastically improve its comfort and fit. The implants serve as an anchor and hold the denture in place while chewing and speaking. Quite honestly, our patients typically cannot understand how they used to cope with their old denture before implants. If you have an uncomfortable denture or you are considering a new denture, partial denture or implant denture, we would gladly provide a complimentary evaluation:

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