There are two type 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. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either conventional or immediate or implant supported. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4-6 weeks. 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 tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. If the denture is implant supported it will be made in conjunction with implant placement and a interim denture is worn while healing takes place.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, relined or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture or partial ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures or partials. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
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