Which Denture Type Is Right For You?

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

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Reasons for Dentures

A denture is a removable dental replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile and lip contour. Here are some reasons for needing dentures:

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture – Loss of a few to several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving esthetics, chewing, speech, and digestion.

Conventional or Immediate Dentures?

Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 6-8 weeks before the fabrication of the dentures is started. 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 and relines will have to be made.

What Does Getting Dentures Involve?

The process of getting dentures 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. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

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, and you will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and tear

Implant-Supported Overdentures

Even though most dentures are adequately supported by the soft tissues and gums alone, sometimes implants are used to help anchor a patient’s denture. A denture is essentially attached to either two traditional implants, or the alternative: mini-implants. This option helps to stabilize and retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into the two positions.

Old dentures (or your existing denture) can usually be retro-fit to accommodate the denture. As far as dentures go, this is the second best denture option for long term. In the opinion of Dr. Luther, almost all lower dentures should be an overdenture because otherwise they just “float” around, making it difficult to speak and talk. This option still makes the denture removable each night.