Dentures and partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance that is used in place of missing natural teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble natural teeth. There are two types of dentures, partial and complete.
Sometimes only a few teeth are missing in an arch and for this partial dentures are used. This not only fills in space created by missing teeth but also prevents adjacent teeth from shifting from their position.
If all teeth are missing in the arch, complete dentures are used. They not only support facial tissue but complete a smile and aid in chewing and digestion.
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 a custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, it will be precisely adjusted and placed, 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 the muscles and tissues get used to the 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.