A denture is a removable dental replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and help restore your smile as well as your confidence.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are for patients whose teeth are completely missing, and partial dentures are for those who have some teeth remaining. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it also prevents the remaining teeth from shifting, causing future problems. A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
Prior to your appointment, we’ll create some immediate dentures for your use during the healing process so you don’t have to be without teeth during that time. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. If you have never had dentures before, or need a repair, we can give you the care you need!
Reasons to get dentures:
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
What does getting dentures require?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually spanning over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “testing” visits may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit that is just right for you.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty with your brand new dentures. However, this will subside over time as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. You will receive recommended care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will also aid in the life of your new dentures.