Dentures are removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture could either be 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 not have teeth (something patient needs to manage). Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are quite durable appliances and can last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures
Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth
Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth
Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments usually spread over several weeks as the healing is in progress. Accurate impressions called molds and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several tryout appointments 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.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty which tends to subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.