A complete denture is indicated when you have an edentulous or toothless arch. The following are different types of complete dentures.
If you are having all of your teeth extracted, Dr. Klassen or Dr. Stoner will discuss a healing denture with you. This type of prosthesis is fabricated before you have your teeth extracted so that you can wear it home the day of your surgery. You will typically wear a healing denture for a year to allow your jaw bones and gums time to heal before beginning the process of making a more permanent denture. After your permanent denture is fabricated, the healing denture becomes your back up denture in case a repair or modification is ever needed on your permanent one, requiring it to be sent to the lab for a few days.
Fixed Implant Denture
A fixed implant denture will provide you with the closest thing to natural teeth. An oral surgeon will place multiple implants in your mouth, and Dr. Klassen or Dr. Stoner will fabricate a denture that is screwed into the implants. This type of denture can be made of acrylic or porcelain, and is only taken out once a year by our staff to clean around the implants.
Locator or Snap-In Implant Denture
A locator denture will provide you with a very secure fitting denture that has minimal movement when you speak and chew. An oral surgeon will place implants in your mouth, and Dr. Klassen or Dr. Stoner will fabricate a denture that snaps onto the implants. This type of denture can be worn all day, but it needs to be taken out at night.
With a traditional denture, you will have all of your teeth replaced by a prosthesis that you can wear all day but needs to be taken out at night. They are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your mouth.