Dentures (false teeth) are removable plates or frames holding one or more artificial teeth. If you have missing or damaged teeth, getting dentures can help you look and feel your best. They can be made to look very similar to your own teeth and can beautifully restore your smile.
Both complete and partial dentures are available. A complete denture is used to replace all of the teeth, and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still present. Partial dentures are effective in preventing the teeth from shifting, and they close the spaces created by missing teeth.
Complete dentures come in two varieties – conventional and immediate. With the conventional variety, the patient’s teeth are removed and the gum tissue is allowed to heal. This usually takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, during which the patient will be without teeth.
As the name implies, an immediate denture is created in advance, and placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are removed. In this case, the tissues around the teeth may shrink during the healing process, and your dentist will have to make adjustments.
Due to normal use, a denture may have to be replaced or adjusted over time, but they are quite durable and should last for several years.
Getting dentures is a longer process. It usually requires 3 to 5 appointments over a period of weeks. Your dentist will take impressions (molds) of your teeth and precise measurements of your mouth.
One the dentures are created, you will try them on to ensure proper fit, color and shape. If the dentures feel comfortable, during the final appointment, your dentist will make final adjustments and place the dentures for a natural and easy fit.
Your muscles and tissues will take some time to get used to the new dentures. During the healing period, increased saliva flow, soreness, and difficulty speaking and chewing may be experienced. Be sure to follow aftercare instructions to make your dentures last as long as possible.
When your dentures are complete, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. As with all oral health, good habits at home and regular dental visits will contribute to a long life for your denture. Contact us or read our FAQs for any questions you might have.