Dentures & Partial Dentures



Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacing missing teeth. They are made to even enhance your smile and improve function.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

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 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 tissue shrinks and heals, adjustments will have to be made and relines.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several "try-in" appointments may be required to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will adjust and place the completed denture.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits is recommended.

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.

These procedures may vary on each patient depending on the circumstance of one's tooth.