Dentures at Solutions Dental
Complete And Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances used as 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, but also prevents other teeth from shifting.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but in some circumstances, the may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
The Process of Getting Dentures
First, highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. We will work with you to ensure proper shape, color, and fit through “try-in” appointments. Finally, we will place the completed denture with a natural and comfortable fit.
In the first few weeks, you may 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.
We’ll be here for you the whole way, with plenty of 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.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.”
Conventional complete dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate complete dentures are fabricated prior to teeth removal and inserted in the mouth on the same day that the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Partial dentures are replacement teeth for people who have lost one or more of their teeth. Partial dentures can be taken in and out of the mouth and consist of a denture base, which closely resembles the color of your gums and denture teeth, which are attached to a supporting framework. The partial denture then attaches to the existing teeth via a clasp or some other retentive device.
Partial dentures are made using a model of your mouth. Making a partial denture requires about 6-8 weeks, however this can vary from one patient to another. It also could depend on the type of denture and the technique your dentist or the laboratory technician uses.
Immediate dentures are made using your mouth as a model. First, the dentist will take an accurate impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth and establish a bite that best resembles your original bite. The dentist will also help you select the shape and color of the denture teeth and gums. This impression is then sent to the dental laboratory.
During the next visit the dentist will adjust your bite, test your speech and check the appearance and functionality of the denture teeth and gums. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat this step to ensure that everything is just right.
After a satisfactory fit and appearance are achieved, the denture is then sent back to the laboratory for fabrication. At the subsequent visit, the remaining teeth will be removed and the denture will be delivered. Please note that the extractions may be performed at one visit or they may be removed in two or more visits depending on the number and condition of the teeth to be extracted, the shape of your jaws and your health condition. The dentist will best advise you of the preferred timing for your extractions.