A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all your teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after your teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in about 8 to 12 weeks.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Partial dentures are used when one or more of your natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. A precision partial denture is removable and is a more natural looking.
Most dental insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of your dentures. However, we should contact your dental insurance provider to find out the specifics.
New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, we recommend you start with soft foods. As you get used to your new dentures, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. You should avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. Soon you will find eating a more pleasant experience with a full set of teeth.
If you have been considering dentures but are not sure if they are right for you, please call our office today to set up an appointment. We can answer any questions you might have and explain any details that may concern you.