Dentures and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable appliance for the replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and 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 teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either conventional or immediate, or implant supported. A conventional type denture 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. As 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 an 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:
- Complete denture – replacement of all teeth in an arch
- Partial denture – replacement of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion