Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture refers to a removable appliance which is used as a replacement for a missing tooth and surrounding tissue. They are crafted to look like the natural teeth and are capable of enhancing anyone’s smile.
Dentures are of two different types – partial and complete dentures. Complete dentures are used when every tooth in the mouth is missing; while partial dentures are ideal when there are still some natural teeth in place. Aside from the fact that partial dentures occupy the spaces left by missing teeth, it also prevents the shifting of other teeth.
There are two types of complete dentures – “immediate” and “conventional.” A conventional denture is made after the removal of the teeth and the gum has been healed (usually within 4 to 6 weeks). The patient will live without teeth during this period. Immediate dentures are usually made in advance and placed just after the removal of the teeth, thereby ensuring that the patient is not without teeth during the healing process. Adjustments will be required once the tissues shrink and heal.
Dentures have high durability and capable of lasting many years but may require repair or readjustment due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Improving speech, chewing, and digestion
- Enhancing facial tissues and smile
What does getting dentures involve?
Getting dentures will require several appointments (usually over several weeks) with the dentist. The dentist takes several highly accurate impressions which are used in creating your custom denture. A couple of “try-in” appointments may be needed to ensure the best fit, color, and shape. Your dentist, at the final appointment, accurately places the completed denture, resulting in a comfortable and natural fit.
You may experience some soreness, increase in saliva flow and, sometimes, chewing and speech issues. However, this will reduce with time.
You will receive care guides for your new dentures. Practicing proper hygiene, healthy eating, as well as periodic dental visits, will enhance the life of your new dentures.