Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture refers to a removable dental device which is used for replacing missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are modeled after your natural and are capable of enhancing your smile.
The major types of dentures are partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when only a part of the teeth are missing, while complete dentures are used when the entire teeth are missing. Aside from the fact that a partial denture fills in the spaces left by missing teeth, it prevents the shifting of other teeth.
There are two types of complete dentures – “immediate” or “conventional”. A conventional denture is created after the removal of the teeth and healing of the gum (usually between 4 to 6 weeks). The patient will be without teeth during this period. Immediate dentures are produced in advance and placed immediately after the removal of the teeth, thus ensuring that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the period of healing. Adjustments will be required once the tissues shrink.
Dentures have a high durability and capable of lasting many years but may have to be readjusted, remade, or repaired due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Complete Denture – Loss entire teeth in an arch
- Enhancing facial tissues and smile
- Improving speech, chewing, and digestion
What does getting dentures involve?
Getting dentures could take up to several appointments spread across several weeks. Several impressions of high accuracy are taken and are used in making your custom denture. You may need a couple of “try-in” appointments to ensure the best fit, color, and shape. Your dentist, at the final appointment, places the completed denture, ensuring that it is comfortable and natural.
You may experience an increase in the flow of saliva, possible chewing and speech difficulty, and some soreness. However, this will improve once your tissues and muscles get used to your newly placed dentures.
Care instructions for your new dentures will be handed to you. Cleaning your new dental appliance properly, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist regularly will help in improving the life of your new dentures.