A denture is a removable appliance made to replace your missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. At our office, we custom make each patient’s denture to ensure the proper fit and to make sure you are happy with the way things look before things are finalized.
There are two types of dentures, complete or partial. A complete denture is made when you are missing all of your teeth on the top or the bottom. A partial denture is an option when you are missing only a couple of teeth. It can replace the teeth you are missing, as well as prevent the teeth you do have from shifting. Both appliances have to be taken out to be cleaned.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately 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, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
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.