Dentures and partial dentures are removable natural looking dental prostheses that help restore the aesthetics of your smile in addition to the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or several missing teeth.
Full dentures are used when all of your natural teeth are missing, or removed from your mouth. The term used to describe when teeth are not present is edentulous. Whereas, partial dentures are used when not all of your natural teeth are missing; which is referred to as partially edentulous.
- Removable prosthetics are very patient specific, so not every patient will require the same treatment. Your treatment options will be discussed and we will advise what treatment is correct for you and your overall oral health.
There are two types of dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when you are completely edentulous with no natural teeth present. If your teeth are not already missing, and you need to have them removed, the gum tissue needs time to heal before the denture can be fabricated and placed in your mouth. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full/Partial Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, measurements and impressions are taken of your mouth and the prosthesis is fabricated. After your teeth are removed, the denture (full or partial) is immediately placed in your mouth. With an immediate denture, you will not have to spend time without teeth; however, you will need follow up appointments to adjust and tighten the denture as the gum tissue and bone heal.
- Even though dentures are not real teeth, please care for them like they are. Brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. Once removed place them into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution and not sleep in them. Hot water should not be used for cleaning because it could warp the denture. Your dentures are delicate, so handle with care to avoid dropping them. If your denture feels uncomfortable or loose, please contact our office for assistance.