Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a 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 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. 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 very durable appliances and will last many
years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal
Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an
Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an
Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
Improving chewing, speech, and
What does getting dentures
The process of getting dentures requires several
appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds)
and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several
“try-in” 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, however this will 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.
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