A denture is a removable appliance that is a replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures. A complete denture is used when all of the teeth need to be replaced, and a partial denture is used when some of the natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, a process that usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. While the patient is healing an immediate denture is worn. An immediate denture is made in advance before the teeth are removed so that the patient will not have to go without teeth during the healing process. Because the bones and tissue shrink when they are healing from the tooth extractions, the immediate denture is considered to be a temporary solution until the conventional denture is made.
Partial dentures A partial denture or bridge consists of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which is connected to a framework that anchors the denture in the mouth.
What are the alternatives to dentures?
An alternative to a partial denture is a fixed bridge. This replaces one or more teeth by putting crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching the replacement teeth to them. The bridge is cemented into place and is not removable.
Another alternative to partial or complete dentures is dental implants. Implants can be used to support a bridge or the entire arch. Dr Yash is happy to discuss these choices with you.
What is the procedure for getting dentures?
The entire process takes several weeks and several appointments. The first step is a series of impressions and measurements which are used to customize your denture. You will “try in” a wax form or model of your denture in order to evaluate the color, shape, and fit. Then the final denture is cast by a dental laboratory.
Some common reactions to new dentures are soreness, increased saliva flow, chewing and speech difficulty. These will subside as your mouth gets used to the new appliance.
Dentures are very durable and will last for many years but may need to be repaired or adjusted due to normal wear.
If you have any questions about dentures, please call or contact our office.