Dentures are removable dental appliances used for replacing missing teeth and even surrounding gum tissues. They are fabricated to look just like your natural teeth but can be made to look even better while still remaining natural!
Two varieties of dentures are available at our practice, including partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures are utilized when natural teeth remain, complete dentures are best when all the teeth in the arch are missing. Partial dentures are great for filling the spaces left behind by missing teeth and preventing the other teeth from shifting out of place.
A complete denture may include an immediate denture or a conventional denture. Immediate dentures are made well in advance and are placed into the mouth following the surgical removal of natural teeth. This eliminates the time period where patients will be without teeth during the healing process as is done with a conventional denture. This time period can be up to six weeks. Tissues and bone may shrink and heal, resulting in the need for adjustments. Both types of dentures are extremely durable and can last many years with proper care and regular adjustments and repairs as necessary.
Patients may consider dentures to replace one or more teeth in the dental arch. They can be used to enhance the smile, improve facial tissues, and improve the efficiency of digestion, speech, and chewing.
The process of obtaining dentures requires many appointments over several weeks. Molds and measurements are taken by the dentist to create a custom denture. Try-in appointments may be scheduled to check the color, shape, and fit. At the final appointment, the dentist adjusts the dentures precisely to ensure a comfortable and natural fit.
After patients obtain dentures, it is completely normal to experience soreness, increased saliva flow, and chewing and speech difficulties. However, as the tissues and muscles adjust to the dentures, this will subside.