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Dentures and Partial Dentures

What is a denture?

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin and is customized to your mouth and tissues. There are different types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.

Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.

Patients who need complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. The benefits of a denture are dramatic. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.

The denture process takes about one month and a few appointments. Once an initial diagnosis is made, an impression and a wax bite are created to determine appropriate dimensions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit. Once your final denture is placed, minor adjustments can be made.

Partial Dentures:

A partial denture is suitable for those patients who have some natural teeth remaining, and wish to replace missing teeth. There are Metal based partials and all acrylic partials. It is important to make sure the remaining natural teeth are in good condition, as they act as attachments for the partial denture to rest on. Maintaining regular dental check-ups is very important in order to avoid losing additional teeth.