A denture is a removable dental appliance that functions as a replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
Complete dentures are for when all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw are missing, and partial dentures are used to fill a space left by a few missing teeth, surrounded by natural teeth, preventing them from shifting.
Complete dentures may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, a process that usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and are placed immediately after the natural teeth are removed.
This prevents the patient from having to go without teeth during the healing process. However, once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made to the denture.
Dentures are very durable dental appliances and will last many years with good care.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks.
Impressions and measurements will be taken to start the process off, and these will be used to create your custom denture. Several “fitting” appointments may be necessary to make sure we get the shape, color, and fit of your dentures just right. At the final appointment, your dentist will adjust and place the completed denture, and make sure that it feels comfortable.
When you first get your dentures, you man experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulties. This will all subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the presence of the dentures in your mouth.
Your dentist will give you 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.