A denture is a removable dental appliance 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 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.
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. or as a replacement of an existing Denture. 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.
A great option for restoring a patient who is missing a few teeth in either the upper or lower arch is called a partial denture. This removable appliance is designed to replace several missing teeth at once and restore a patient to improved esthetics and function. We offer Metal Cast Partial Dentures in which the framework of the denture is of a custom-designed high-quality metal that locks onto the existing teeth. These dentures are fabricated entirely of acrylic material and snap into place around the existing teeth.
Once a person’s teeth have been lost or decayed to the point that they are non-restorable, an affordable restorative option is sometimes a complete upper and lower denture. Dentures can restore a dentally compromised patient to a very esthetically pleasing.
Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in the patient’s mouth right after their teeth are extracted. The shape of the mouth changes quickly for the first several months after oral surgical procedures. As the healing process continues, the gums, which support the denture, will shrink. Changes will continue lifelong; however, the majority will occur during the initial 3 months. For a more comfortable fit it is always recommended to replace the immediate denture after the first year, once the gums shrank enough.
Denture Over Implants
After the loss of several teeth, many patients require upper and/or lower dentures to restore the dentition. One of the biggest complaints for these patients is the movement or instability of the denture, especially the lower one. New technology offers a solution to this problem. By placing several dental implants in the jaw, the denture may be conveniently snap it into place providing a secure, sound restorative option for denture wearers. Depending on the case, the denture might be screw retained to the implants, providing a more secure and comfortable solution.
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We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more about dentures and to discover how we can care for your smile. We look forward to seeing you!