Full dentures are used when all the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, our professionals take measurements and have dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be relined after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are an option when not all your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. There are 2 types of partial dentures: cast metal framework or acrylic with wire clasps. The cast partial denture uses your teeth to support the denture for a tighter more stable fit and the chewing forces are spread between the teeth and soft tissue. An acrylic partial denture rests on the soft tissue and there may be wire clasps to aid in retention. All chewing forces are on the soft tissue. The type of partial denture you may need depends on your individual situation and can be discussed at a denture exam appointment
[Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth. With good oral hygiene, diet and home care, your denture/s or partial denture/s can provide excellent replacement of your missing teeth for years to come.
All denture procedures are completed within a six to twelve week period.]