A denture is a removable appliance that is worn by patients who are missing teeth. These dentures not only replace the missing teeth, but also help to support facial architecture.
There are two types of dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth in the arch (upper/lower) are missing. Partial dentures are appliances that replace only some of the teeth are missing.
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. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, this prevents 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 need to be maintained like any other restoration. They may need to be relined, repaired, or remade at regular intervals.
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. Impressions 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. Liebes will adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
A new denture usually has an adjustment period. You may experience soreness, difficulty with speech and eating. Adjustment appointments may be necessary.