Improve Your Smile – Ability to Chew, Speak, and Digest
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. 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.
- Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures not only fill the space created by missing teeth, they also help protect your teeth by preventing the remaining ones from shifting around.
Dentures are very durable appliances that can last for many years but may eventually have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
What is the process for getting dentures?
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 placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are removed thereby preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments are made to ensure a proper fit.