Full & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental device that replaces missing teeth and nearby tissue. They are made to closely have the look of your former teeth and may even improve your smile.
There are two kinds of removable appliances - full and partial dentures. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the teeth are lost or missing, while partial dentures are made when 1 or more natural teeth are missing. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces resulting from missing teeth, it stops other teeth from shifting.
A full denture may be either "standard" or "immediate." A standard type is made after the teeth have been extracted and the surrounding area has healed, usually taking 5 to 6 weeks. During this period the patient will go with no teeth. Immediate dentures are made prior and immediately placed after the teeth are extracted, thus allowing the patient from having to be without teeth during the process of healing. Once the gums shrink and improve, adjustments will have to be made to the denture.
Dentures are very long lasting appliances and will last many years, but may have to be repaired, remade, or readjusted due to ordinary wear.
Indications for dentures:
- Full (Complete) Denture - All teeth missing.
- Partial Denture - Loss of 1 or more teeth in an arch.
- Improving smile and facial profile.
- Improving speech, digestion, and chewing.
What is involved in getting dentures?
The method of getting dentures requires 1-3 appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly precise molds (impressions) and measurements are made and utilized to create your custom denture. Several "try-in" appointments may be required to ensure proper color, fit, and shape. At the last visit, your dentist will accurately adjust and insert the completed denture, ensuring a comfortable and natural fit.
It is common to experience some soreness, and possible chewing and speech issues, however, this will decrease as your tissues and muscles get used to the new dentures.
You will be given instructions to care for your new dentures. Good oral hygiene, proper cleaning of your new removable appliance, and routine dental visits will assist in the longevity of your new dentures.