Dentures are a cost-effective replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. There are different denture options depending on each individual patient case:
1. Full dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
2. Partial dentures. If healthy teeth remain, then a partial denture may be indicated. Partial dentures function to restore the spaces between your existing teeth. Because partials hook onto your existing teeth, we must ensure that the remaining teeth are healthy.
3. Flippers. Flippers are an interim or temporary partial denture option. They function great to offer a temporary esthetic replacement of teeth while a more definitive long term option is being completed. Flippers are often times used during implant healing.
IMPLANTS AND DENTURES
Due to the denture instability in certain circumstances, dental implants can be recommended to help achieve a more snug fit. As little as 2 implants can help secure the denture in place. There are also options where 4-6 implants can help support an entire denture so that it does not even need to be removed (See our Smile in a Day page for more information).
What Should I Expect At My Visit?
After a consultation with one of our dentists to decide which denture option best fits your needs, your initial visit will be scheduled. Dentures usually require a series of visits to ensure a well-fitting final product.
If you decide a full denture is the best option, any remaining decayed or unsalvageable teeth will be extracted. A series of scans or molds of your mouth will be gathered to send to the dental lab for fabrication. Dentures are made out of highly dense acrylic, making them very strong so they will last you for years. The teeth are individually sculpted by professionals so they will look indistinguishable from natural teeth.When the complete dentures are finished, you will return to your dentist for a final fitting. Subsequent minor bite and fit adjustments may be needed.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
You may experience sensitivity after your procedure and it may take some time to adjust to the dentures as you get used to the new tooth position and materials in place. It often takes a few weeks to get fully comfortable with speech, smiling, and chewing. Rest assured though, most patients do an excellent job learning to love their dentures, it just takes a little optimism in the initial phases.
Dentures do require special care including daily brushing of the dentures themselves as well as your gums.