Dentures or partials are a removable dental appliance meant to take the place of missing teeth.
As we age, we are more susceptible to various dental diseases making us more predisposed to tooth loss. Without regular checkups and proper dental care, the deterioration of your teeth and gums becomes inevitable. Most people think they will never need dentures. The truth is, approximately 20% of the population will need dentures at some point but due to the advancements in dentistry, dentures are not necessarily your destiny. Crowns, veneers and implants that feel and resemble your natural teeth are also and option to maintaining a healthy inviting smile.
There are two types of dentures, a “complete” denture or a “partial” denture. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while a partial denture is used when some of the natural teeth are still remaining. 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. The complete denture will be delivered in about four to six weeks. An immediate denture is made in advance and is immediately placed in your mouth the same day your extractions are done. There is not an additional appointment for the delivery; however, the denture will need to be relined as the gums and bone have healed.