Dentures/ Partial Dentures
A denture, or false teeth, is a custom-made removable replacement for those who have multiple teeth missing. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures: a full denture is used when all of your teeth need replacing and a partial denture is used to replace just one or more missing teeth. If full dentures are right for you, you’ll also have to choose between conventional and immediate dentures.
- Conventional dentures require your mouth and gums to be completely healed from the extraction of any teeth prior to fabricating and placing your new dentures. This could leave you without teeth for several months while you heal completely.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the damaged teeth have been removed, ensuring you have teeth while you heal. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. After you’ve healed completely, you can switch to conventional dentures for extended wear.
Dentures can replace all of the teeth on both your upper and lower arch if you’ve lost every tooth. If you still have a few healthy teeth, an over denture is used as it fits over your healthy teeth to fill in the gaps from the missing teeth.
First, an examination of your gums, teeth, and bone structure is performed to ensure dentures are right for you. 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, Dr Meyer 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 these will subside as your muscles and tissues adapt to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, will aid in the life of your new dentures. It is important to have routine/yearly examination, of your oral tissues and denture; Dr Meyer will perform an oral cancer examination and your dentures are checked for fit, wear and cleanliness.