Dentures are just one of the options for replacing missing teeth, which is important in maintaining your oral health and assuring confidence in your smile. Technology has improved in recent years, making them more comfortable and natural looking than ever. Our focus is to provide you individualized options and evaluate your oral condition to let you know which type of removable denture would be best for your situation.
When all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed, complete dentures can replace them. If all of your teeth need to be removed, it is best to wait a few weeks afterward to allow your jaw bone and gums to heal fully so we can be sure that your set of dentures will fit more securely.
If all your teeth need to be removed, immediate dentures are made in advance and delivered after removals, thus preventing you from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues heal, adjustments are made, followed by a soft reline to allow further healing and then eventually a new set of complete dentures will be made once everything is healed.
If only a few of your teeth are missing, partial dentures are a good solution for replacing them. We strive to keep teeth in your mouth because life becomes different without them and doing everyday things such as eating becomes a difficult task. Partial dentures are unlike full dentures because the denture fills in the missing gaps, yet utilizes your existing teeth to support the denture.
Implant Supported Dentures
The issue with dentures is they typically lay on top of your gums and because of this, you will constantly need relines or adjustments because your bone will start to recede since there are no longer teeth to support the bone. The good thing with implants is they keep your bone from receding and also help with stability and retention of dentures. Your doctor will go over this option to see if you are a good candidate and if it is something you are interested in.
What to Expect
Number of Visits and Time Varies by Case
After your oral health is where it needs to be for proceeding with a denture, the following is typically what to expect:
Impressions of your upper or lower teeth will be taken and sent to the lab
Photos and specific measurements may be taken to assist with selecting teeth and processing your denture
There may be a wax try in appointment where teeth are set in wax to allow for adjustments in order to make sure everything looks and functions correctly prior to making your denture
At your next appointment, your denture will be delivered and some adjustments will be made
Post-op instructions will be provided and follow-up appointments made for additional adjustments
It may take some time to get used to your new denture and there will most likely be adjustments for the next few weeks as your mouth adapts to the new denture