Dentures & Partial Dentures
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A denture, or partial, is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth or to enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Recommended denture for a patient having several teeth removed:
Typically we make a customized "healing" denture in advanced and immediately place this denture after the teeth are removed. This prevents the patient from going without teeth during the healing process. As the tissue shrinks during the healing process, adjustments will need to be made to the denture. After wearing the healing denture for a year, we recommend either placing a hard reline to allow the denture to fit better after all the tissue has healed, or having a complete denture fabricated. The complete denture would allow for a new denture and a proper fit.
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/partials:
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
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting a complete denture requires 2-3 appointments. Highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. 1-2 “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 home 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.