Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are required when all the upper and/or bottom teeth are missing.
Complete dentures may be immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are used at the time the teeth are removed to keep you from going without teeth during the time it takes for all the tissue to heal, usually 4 to 6 weeks. After the gum tissue heals a conventional denture is placed. A partial denture fills in the space left by missing teeth and also prevents neighboring teeth from shifting.
Dentures are durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired or readjusted due to normal wear or changes in gum tissue caused by aging. Dentures not only improve speech and chewing, they may actually improve your smile.
Dentures require multiple appointments over a period of several weeks. The process starts with high accuracy molds (impressions) which are used to fabricate your custom denture. Several “try-in” visits may be necessary to make adjustments to achieve the proper fit, shape and color. On the final visit, your dentist will make a final adjustment to achieve a comfortable, natural fit and place the completed denture. It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, speech and chewing difficulty and some soreness, but this will subside as your muscles and tissue become familiar with the new denture.