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Dentures & Partial Dentures

If you’re missing teeth and seeking a solution, dentures offer a versatile and effective option for tooth replacement. Designed to mimic your natural teeth, dentures not only fill in gaps but also contribute to enhancing your smile. There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial.

Complete dentures are utilized when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are employed when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures not only address spaces left by missing teeth but also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, preserving your dental alignment.

Types of Dentures: Conventional vs. Immediate

Complete dentures come in two forms: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are crafted after teeth removal and gum tissue healing, typically requiring 4 to 6 weeks. On the other hand, immediate dentures are prepared in advance and promptly placed after tooth extraction, eliminating the need to go without teeth during the healing phase. However, adjustments become necessary as tissues shrink and heal.

Dentures are durable appliances designed to last for years, although periodic maintenance such as remaking, repairing, or readjusting may be needed due to regular wear and tear.

Reasons for Dentures: Enhance Your Smile & Functionality

Dentures serve various purposes, including:

  • Complete Denture: Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Partial Denture: Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion

The Denture Process: What to Expect

Obtaining dentures involves multiple appointments spanning several weeks. Precision is paramount, with accurate impressions and measurements taken to craft your custom denture. Several try-in sessions may be necessary to ensure the proper fit, shape, and color.

During the final appointment, your dentist meticulously adjusts and places the completed denture for a natural and comfortable fit. Initially, you may experience increased saliva flow, mild soreness, or difficulty in speech and chewing, which gradually subsides as your muscles and tissues adapt to the dentures.

Maintaining Your Dentures: Care Instructions

To prolong the lifespan of your dentures, adhere to proper cleaning routines, maintain good oral hygiene, and schedule regular dental check-ups. These practices not only ensure the longevity of your dentures but also contribute to overall oral health.

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