Dentures are a widely-used replacement for missing teeth and can be easily removed and put back into the mouth. Dentures primarily comprise of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Modern dental technology allows us to make dentures much more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory according to a patient’s needs. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, we may prescribe any of the following types of dentures for you:
As the name suggests, full dentures are used when all or most of the teeth are missing. They consist of two sets of teeth, one each for the upper and lower jaw. Any remaining natural teeth must be removed from the mouth before placing full dentures. Conventional full dentures are placed in the mouth once the sites from where natural teeth were removed have healed completely. This may take a few months of time, during which you will have to stay without teeth. With immediate full dentures, your dentures can be inserted immediately after the teeth are removed. However, immediate full dentures must be relined several months after their placement to accommodate for changes in the bone supporting the teeth.
A partial denture is used when some of the natural teeth are missing. It rests on a metal framework which is attached to the remaining natural teeth near the site of the missing teeth. Sometimes, crowns must be used to properly anchor the denture.
It may take some time for you to get used to your dentures. You will need some amount of practice for a few weeks to get used to eating, speaking and breathing with them. Dentures also cause excessive saliva flow and soreness or irritation for some time. This is common. However, if you experience any unusual symptoms and uncontrolled irritability, please contact our office immediately.
For more information about dentures, please call our office at (281)394-9988.