What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
Aesthetic dentures are custom crafted to provide a precise comfortable fit, and to enhance overall facial features. The color of the teeth is carefully selected and the natural differences in tooth shape and size are carefully chosen based on each individual’s age, gender, and unique facial qualities. In addition, they are made to replicate the gum tissue naturally while providing the proper structure and support for lips, cheeks, and face.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
- Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
“There aren’t enough words to adequately thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. To have teeth again that are as comfortable as these, and work so well besides, is truly a miracle.”
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.
Partial dentures not only fill in the space created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. 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. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing 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 are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. Dr. Holbrook will discuss these options with you and provide a recommended course of treatment.
The process 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.
- Your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
- You will be given care instructions.
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. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance is extremely important as well as good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Dentures Before & After