Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth and adjacent tissue.
They are removable devices that are designed to closely resemble your natural teeth.
A complete denture is used when all of the teeth are missing.
Conversely, a partial denture is used when only some of the natural teeth are missing.
Partial prosthetic devices serve multiple purposes:
They not only replace missing teeth, they keep the remaining teeth from drifting or shifting.
Complete dentures can also be conventional or immediate.
Conventional devices require removal of all teeth and healing of the gums prior to placement.
Your dentist places immediate devices immediately upon removal of the teeth.
Consequently, the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing process.
Although very durable, they can break or need repair, replacement or adjustment due to normal wear.
Why Get Dentures
Dentures serve several purposes including:
- Enhancing the smile
- Restoring the ability to chew all foods
- Supporting facial features
- Aiding in proper speech
Usually, getting dentures requires multiple dental appointments.
You will undergo several procedures over a period of weeks, sometimes even months.
The dentist will take numerous measurements and impressions because accuracy is critical.
A dental laboratory will use them to create your custom denture.
You will experience a “trying-on” process over several appointments because these will ensure proper adjustment of your dentures.
Your dentist makes final adjustments to complete the process during the last appointment.
Dentures: After the Process
It takes a little time to adjust to your new denture.
During the adjustment process, it is common to experience some difficulty with chewing.
Additionally, that might be true of speech too.
Increased saliva production is also a common occurrence.
Eventually, all of these changes will subside as you grow accustomed to your new prosthetic teeth.
Your dentist will instruct you on the proper care and cleaning of your “new teeth”, and also any changes needed in your daily oral hygiene regimen.
We strive to be your single dental health provider.
Consequently, we offer a full range of oral health services.
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