Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable and convenient replacement for missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are a good alternative to complete dentures if some of the natural teeth still remain.
Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. A partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Reasons for 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 to expect…
The process of getting dentures takes several weeks. Highly accurate measurements must be taken and several appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. Dentures have been known to cause 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 after 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.