Dentures and Partials
What are Partials and Dentures?
A partial denture involves just several teeth attached to a removable prosthetic appliance. The appliance is typically made out of acrylic and matched perfectly with your existing dentition. A full denture features an entire arch of teeth and replaces either the upper or lower mandible that’s missing teeth. Both a full and partial denture is designed to enhance your smile and improve facial structure.
What are Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures are placed over the gums where extractions have just been performed. Oftentimes, teeth will need to be extracted before dentures can be placed. The teeth may have become decayed or are loose because of gum disease. Immediate dentures prevent the need to wait for the final set of dentures to be made, allowing the gums to heal underneath the appliance.
What are Implant-Retained Dentures?
Implant-retained or implant-supported dentures utilize dental implants to keep the denture plate in place. Several implants are surgically inserted underneath the gums and into the bone, attaching to a specially-made denture plate. You will experience less fidgeting and discomfort with implant-retained dentures and will find them easier to wear. This option is obviously the most involved of all denture procedures.
Why are Dentures needed?
The most common reason for needing dentures is because you’re either missing many or all of your natural teeth. You may have lost your teeth because of gum disease or severe decay. You may need to have several of your teeth removed before the denture can be made for you. Dentures typically last for about seven years before they’ll need to be either relined or replaced entirely. If the prosthetic breaks at any time, this can be repaired so long as the appliance is not older than is deemed normal.
What makes you a good candidate for Dentures?
Apart from implant-retained dentures, dentures typically do not require any invasive surgery to place. They are ideal for patients who are missing teeth and who are ready to regain confidence in their smile. Because realistic-looking materials are used to make the denture, you can feel comfortable wearing the appliance because it looks completely natural. The dentures are custom made for you so that they fit well and look just as beautiful.
What can be expected during the Denture procedure?
If extractions are needed, you’ll first come in and have the teeth removed. We can provide you with immediate dentures that are placed over the gums while they heal from surgery. If you’re looking to benefit from implant-retained dentures, the implants will need to be placed and fully healed before the denture is made. Impressions, or molds are taken of your mouth so that a lab tech is able to create the appliance for you. You may need to come into our office for multiple adjustments so that we get the fit and feel of the denture just right. With proper maintenance and care, your new denture can last for anywhere from five years to about seven years. In this time, the denture may need to be relined if bone loss occurs underneath the appliance. Repairs can be done on appliances that have broken, cracked or are missing teeth.
If you think you may need a full or partial denture, call our office and we will be happy to further assist you.