A denture is a removable dental replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and to 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 also prevents other teeth from shifting.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be readjusted due to normal wear.
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. The proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, as well as good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will assist in the life of your new dentures.