- A denture is a removable dental appliance created to closely match your natural teeth, and used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures enhance smile and facial tissues, improving chewing, speech, and digestion. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial.
These are used when some natural, viable teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
These are used when all of the teeth are missing. 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 have to go without teeth. 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 to the dentures are necessary.
WHAT DOES GETTING DENTURES INVOLVE?
This process often requires several appointments, usually over many weeks, to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. Highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the finished denture, 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 your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Dentures are durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. You will be given care instructions for your 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.