A denture is a removable dental appliance and a 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 removable dental appliances - complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are fabricated when all of the teeth are missing, while a partial denture is made to replace a few missing teeth and is supported and retained by healthy remaining teeth.
A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and 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, the immediate denture fit will be updated by way of a reline.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
What does getting dentures involve?
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.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over two to four weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. A “try-in” appointment will allow the patient to view the shape, color and setup of the teeth. At the insertion appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture.
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.