Restorative Dentistry Mira Mesa - Dentures & Partial Dentures - Reasons and Treatment
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for 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 other teeth from shifting.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional
type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will
go without teeth. 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.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired,
or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
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 does getting dentures involve?
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, 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. Proper cleaning of your new dental
appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.If you have any additional
questions, please contact our office today!