Dentures & Partial Dentures

Dentures work as replacements for missing teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. These removable dental appliances are designed to resemble a patient's teeth as close as possible, oftentimes even enhancing the patient's smile.

Dentures can be either complete or partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all the teeth are missing; partial dentures, on the other hand, can be used when only some of the natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are effective not only at filling in the spaces left by other teeth, but they are also good at keeping the other teeth from shifting.

Complete dentures can fall under two categories - conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed by the doctor and the gum tissue has healed. The healing process typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks, and during this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are created before the teeth are removed and are put in right away. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to go without teeth, but adjustments will be necessary after the gum tissues heal and shrink.

Dentures are created to last for several years, but they might have to undergo repairs or readjustments. Sometimes, they must even be remade.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch (requires a complete denture)
  • Loss of several teeth in an arch (requires a partial denture)
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion

What does getting dentures involve?
Getting dentures is a process that takes several appointments spread out over many weeks. Highly-accurate molds and measurements are necessary to create a well-fitting, custom denture. It might take several appointments to ensure that the dentures are the correct color, shape and fit. The doctor will adjust and place the completed denture at your final visit, giving you a comfortable, natural-looking fit.

When first adjusting to new dentures, it is normal to experience some soreness, difficulty in speaking and eating, as well as increased saliva flow. As you get used to the dentures, these issues will resolve themselves.

Proper care of your dentures, along with regular visits are necessary to extend the life of your dentures, and you will be given instructions on how to best care for your new dental appliance.





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