Dentures & Partial Dentures

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A denture is a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble natural teeth and can enhance your smile.

There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures not only fill in the spaces left by missing teeth but also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed, and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this period, the patient may be without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after tooth extraction, allowing the patient to have teeth during the healing process. However, adjustments may be needed as the tissues shrink and heal.

Dentures are durable appliances and can last many years. However, they may require occasional remaking, repair, or adjustment due to normal wear and tear.

Reasons for Dentures:

  • 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?

Dentures & Partial Dentures

When tending to our youngest patients, our goal is to cultivate a bond of trust between your child and our family dentist. We achieve this by presenting our services in easy-to-understand terms, addressing inquiries, and elucidating the rationale behind our treatment strategies. By doing so, we alleviate apprehensions and satiate your child’s curiosity. Recognizing that dental visits can be daunting for both children and adults, we are committed to ensuring each visit is as seamless and stress-free as can be.

At our practice, patient education holds paramount importance. We elucidate the significance of dental hygiene and impart practical tips and techniques for maintaining optimal oral health, potentially averting the need for future restorative procedures. As part of our preventive approach, we administer sealants and fluoride during cleanings to safeguard your child’s teeth and ward off cavities.

Rejuvenating Your Smile as an Adult

The process of obtaining dentures typically involves multiple appointments spread out over several weeks. During these appointments, highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken to create your custom denture.

Several try-in sessions may be necessary to ensure the proper shape, color, and fit of the denture. Finally, at the last appointment, your dentist will make precise adjustments and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is common to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and difficulty with speech and chewing initially. However, these issues usually subside as your muscles and tissues become accustomed to the new dentures.

You will receive care instructions for your new dentures, including proper teeth cleaning techniques. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups will help prolong the life of your dentures.