A denture is a removable appliance to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types 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 remaining teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made once the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has had time to heal, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish. Unfortunately this method requires the patient will go without teeth for a period of time. Immediate dentures are made prior to removal of the teeth and placed immediately after the teeth have been extracted. The immediate method prevents the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the swelling subsides and the tissue heals, adjustments will be necessary.
Dentures are durable and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Why might a denture be right for you?
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What services do we offer for dentures or partials?
We offer a variety of denture related services including: Reline of your current dentures to achieve a better fit, fabrication of immediate and tradition dentures, and adjustments as needed for comfort.