There are two types of dentures. Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A flesh colored acrylic base fits over your gums with full dentures. Partial dentures bond to a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth and are a removable alternative to a dental bridge.
Why You Might Consider Dentures
When you start losing teeth we are certain that you will find it more than just a minor inconvenience. There is almost always some pain associated with losing teeth, many people describe discomfort while eating and difficulty pronouncing words correctly. Quite frequently your bite will change when you start losing teeth. Often tooth loss results in more tooth loss. If you are losing teeth, partial dentures can help to keep the rest of your teeth healthy and prevent further tooth loss. If you have already lost most of your teeth, full dentures can give you the ability to eat and speak as you used to.
How Dentures and Partials Work
When you make the decision to have a partial or full denture fitted, there is a process that you will go through at our office to have them crafted specifically for your mouth. The first step is an evaluation of your mouth. If we find that your existing teeth are healthy and we can make a partial denture for you, we can move on to the next step. In the event that we find you will need a full denture, all remaining teeth will have to be extracted before we can continue with the fabrication process.
Once we determine your mouth is ready, we can take an impression of it. This will serve as the model of your mouth that we will use to craft your partial of full denture. We will send this mold off to our dental laboratory to be fabricated. During the interim we can sometimes provide you with a temporary denture.
When we receive the final product back from the laboratory you will come back in to our office to have it placed. We will make sure that you are comfortable wearing your new dentures and provide you with extensive instructions detailing how to care for and use your dentures.
Immediate Denture with Extractions
There are conventional full dentures, which are placed after any remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissues is completely healed. Immediate full dentures can be inserted immediately after remaining teeth are removed so that you don’t have to be without teeth. The dentures will need to be adjusted as your gum tissue and bone beneath reshape as they heal.
To many dentists, the making of a quality, comfortable and esthetic denture is a lost art. We have learned making dentures require time, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Dentures are durable and will last many years, but may require repairs or adjustments due to normal wear. Our expertise in denture fabrication helps to ensure ultimate success.