• Dentures

    Dentures

    A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding gums.  There are complete dentures and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.  Partial dentures are placed around the natural teeth that remain.  Our dental office is well-versed in dentures and can help you regardless if they are complete or partial in nature.

    When obtaining complete dentures, you may have the option to get conventional dentures or immediate dentures.  Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth after all teeth have been removed and the mouth has been allowed to heal for 8-12 weeks.  However, immediate dentures are those that are placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are pulled, because they were made in advance.  However, immediate dentures may require more adjustments over time, because the healing period may cause the gums and tissues to shrink or expand and the dentures may not fit as first placed.  Speak with our dental staff to see what your options are. Many patients want the immediate dentures, so they are not without teeth, but the process can be long and a little more painful.  Conventional dentures are the best option if you can wait a few months for healing.

    Partial dentures are also an option if you still have healthy teeth in place that can have partial dentures placed next to in the mouth.  A fixed bridge is made and crowns are attached with artificial teeth.  These partials will fill the gaps in your mouth and prevent the natural teeth from moving in position.  These partial dentures are fairly secure and some have internal attachments to keep them in place.

    Once it is decided that dentures are your best option, you will be brought into our dental office and we will make several impressions of your teeth and jaw to determine how much space is between them.  There were models made in wax or plastic and the will be tried on (in your mouth) to assess for color, fit and shape prior to the final dentures being cast.  Once a great fit is determined, the final cast of the dentures will be made and any adjustments required will be made as necessary.

    There are alternatives to dentures, termed dental implants.  These implants are more expensive, but tend to look more realistic and are not removable.  Check with your dentist to determine the best option for you based on the health of your mouth.

    Obtaining new dentures can be a new experience for you and your mouth.  Realising that your mouth may need time to adjust is very important in the adaptation process.  The dentures may feel a little loose until the muscles of your tongue and cheek learn to keep them in place while eating and talking. There may even be soreness and irritation during the first few weeks.  Don’t worry, as these symptoms will pass once your mouth is comfortable with your new dental wear. Give us a call and our dental office will get you set up with a consultation.

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